Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31 in San Antonio history...

1890
Construction is begun on the Southwest Texas Lunatic Asylum (now San Antonio State Hospital), about five miles south of the city, on land donated for that purpose by the city.

1908
The second annual auto ride given for orphans this afternoon is one of the most blessed charities in San Antonio.  It gives the little unfortunates one day of unalloyed joy and they remember it all the rest of the year.

1928
Joe Bradley, San Antonio student, was taking a long rest today after walking and running 160 miles from Corpus Christi to this city in 33 hours and 23 minutes.  He made but three brief stops along the way.  When he arrived here he appeared to be on the verge of collapse.

Monday, May 30, 2011

May 30 in San Antonio history...

1901
A numbers of employees of the San Antonio Traction Company, with their lady friends, enjoyed a ride over the company's lines in a nicely decorated and illuminated car, winding up at San Pedro Springs for refreshments.

1921
The officers of the Air Intermediate depot and Brooks Field will meet in a baseball game at Kelly No. 1.  Old-time customs will be revived.  Among them will be a keg of beer at third base, although the contents will be merely "near."  There will be band music.

1931
The Second Church of Christ, Scientist, erected at Magnolia and Belknap five years ago at a cost of $100,000, is to be dedicated at services Sunday afternoon.  A Christian Scientist church cannot be dedicated until it is free of debt.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

May 29 in San Antonio history...

1898
The Rough Riders are going.  The entire regiment is expected to be out of camp and on the way to Cuba before nightfall.  They will leave even though they have not received all their equipment.

1919
The Texas Pioneers are organized.

1948
Robert B. Green Hospital will open a 17-bed pediatric ward without additional personnel June 1, it was released today.  Officials said no new doctors or nurses would be hired to staff the ward, which will be opened to care for infant diarrhea victims.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 28 in San Antonio history...

1898
Some people feel that the Bexar County property owners and the City of San Antonio should contribute according to their means and sink artesian wells without calling on the funds of the city for this purpose.  The river is rapidly dying.

1918
Improvements are being made at the bathing beach in Brackenridge Park.  Rock walls have been built to line the banks and a flagstone bottom is being laid in the pool.  A new artesian well will supply fresh water.

1938
Widely hearalded several years ago as a "law with teeth in it," the Texas driver's license law is apparently in need of dental work.  Threat of suspending licenses has failed to keep motorists from errant driving.

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27 in San Antonio history...

1918
An attempt wil be made at Kelly Field during Decoration Day proceedings to catch a baseball thrown from an airplane and thus set a height record for catching dropped balls.  The record is now 555 feet.

1948
One of the nation's best customers for air-conditioning equipment, San Antonio is continuing to install cooling devices at a rate that has shifted electric power peak loads from winter to midsummer.

1958
Frank Penicka was driving his car more comfortably today, after a Ft. Hood demolition team removed a 75-mm high explosive shell head from his car.  He spotted the bright object along the road, put it in his car trunk and drove to the Courthouse where the deputies identified it as a live shell.

1977
Smokey and the Bandit premiered in San Antonio at the North Star and South Park Mall theaters.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

May 26 in San Antonio history...

1898
The roof of the steeple at St. Joseph's Catholic Church has been finished.  It is the highest and finest spire in the city.  A little work about the base of the slate roof yet remains to be done.

1923
The Travis Building and Robert E. Lee Hotel are opened.

1928
A small "community auditorium" will be built in San Pedro Park at a cost of $50,000.  The structure will be built with stones carefully salvaged when the old Market House on Market, just off Main Plaza, was torn down.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 25 in San Antonio history...

1690
First Mass in Texas is performed at Mission Nuestro Padre San Francisco de los Tejas on the coast. (First Spanish Mission in Texas).

1838
The city limits are fixed at "one league in every direction" from the cross atop the dome of San Fernando Church.

1956
Hospital surgeons were preparing to operate on a 62-year-old man who swallowed a double-edged razor blade.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 24 in San Antonio history...

1898
The citizens residing on Main are complaining about the disagreeable dust arising from the street.  It is macadamized with white soft rock and that part of it which has become pulverized is especially injurious to the eyes.

1918
The tornado season is now at hand.  San Antonio has no tornadoes, our worst blows being Gulf breezes every afternoon.

1958
Those viewing "The Brothers Karamazov" at the Broadway Theater are nearly all making the discovery that Karamazov is not pronounced in the movie like they thought it was pronounced.  Nor can we figure out how to write the name to make it clear.  You'll just have to go to the show and hear it for yourself.
Братья Карамазовы

Monday, May 23, 2011

May 23 in San Antonio history...

1918
Miss Katherine Stinson, San Antonio aviatrix, started a flight from Chicago to New York with mail at 7:37 a.m. today.  Miss Stinson, 22, is averaging 71 miles per hour.  The flight is being made to establish a long-distance, non-stop record.

1938
E. P. Ezzell, 534 Mission, is keeping an identification file of the noseprints of dogs.  He claims the nose creases and pores are as individual as human fingerprints.  He said all owners will soon have their dogs noseprinted.

1978
Carol Burnett visits San Antonio and is the guest of honor for the San Antonio ISD's Scholastic Achievement and Improvement Day.  Mayor Lila Cockrell proclaimed the day "Carol Burnett Day."  Ms. Burnett was born in San Antonio on April 26, 1933 and attended Crockett Elementary School.  She lived at 3301 W. Commerce St.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 22 in San Antonio history...

1898
Quite a crowd gathered on Commerce Street bridge last evening to see a large snake in the river swallow a fish and a man lost a new hat which fell off his head into the river.

1938
An infant respirator and incubator and oxygen tent, purchased through popular subscription by The Light, is scheduled for installation at Robert B. Green Hospital.  The infant iron lung will be used to treat infantile paralysis [polio].

1958
The House passed and sent to the White House today a bill to raise the cost of a first-class letter from 3 cents to 4 cents and airmail letters from 6 cents to 7 cents.  The bill provides for an overall increase of postal rates of $550,000 annually.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

May 21 in San Antonio history...

1908
Within less than a week, the deadly six-shooter has claimed three victims in Texas.  It would seem about time we quit that sort of thing.

1918
The pasteurization of all milk sold in San Antonio is to be required under new regulations to be issued by the U.S. Public Health Service.  The cost to dairies of installing the necessary equipment will be considerable.

1958
Chuck Jefferson, Woodridge School third grader, was homeward bound with $32,000 he won on the "$64,000 Question" TV show.  "I wanted to go on (for $64,000), but my parents decided I should quit.  It's too big of a risk.  Sometimes I think parents are too nervous."

Friday, May 20, 2011

May 20 in San Antonio history...

1898
Austin is the most elaborately decorated thoroughfare, outside of the business streets, in teh city.  The national colors can be seen on almost every building on the street, from Sunset Depot to Hays.

1973
Mike Vavala's name is chosen from over 5,000 entries for suggesting the name of San Antonio's new ABA basketball team: The Spurs. He wins season tickets and a trip to the ABA playoffs.

1995
The San Antonio Central Library at 600 Soledad holds its grand opening.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 19 in San Antonio history...

1918
In the soft glow of hundreds of lights, shaded by swaying, fantastically colored Japanese lanterns, close to 400 dancers and diners enjoyed the formal opening last night of the Gunter Hotel's Japanese Garden.

1948
Demand that Robert B. Green Hospital immediately open a pediatric ward was made by the Commissioners Court today as City Health Officer Dr. Austin Hill announced the infant diarrhea situation rapidly was reaching an epidemic stage.  The disease's mortality toll has climbed to 55 for the year.

1978
Mary Ann Castleberry, president of the San Antonio Conservation Society, blasted the Daughters of the Republic of Texas for allowing the city to place 13 parking meters along the street in front of the Alamo.  "I think it is a desecration to the shrine and I hope 13 is a bad omen, " said Ms. Castleberry.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 18 in San Antonio history...

1898
The Rough Riders were put through a combined drill here yesterday by Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt.  The colonel looked very soldierly and proved he is every inch what he looks by putting his men through their paces without a falter.  He is just the man to lead the regiment to victory.

1928
Regular aerial passenger service between San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth will be instituted by Texas Air Transport airmal operators in the next several weeks.  Cost of the flight will be $32.50.

1968
Gov. John Connally will give an official welcome today at the opening ceremony of Armed Forces Day at HemisFair Plaza's U.S. Pavilion.  Local Army and Air Force officials will be present at the event.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 17 in San Antonio history...

1908
Before 500 friends of the institution, the cornerstone of Reinbolt Hall, new annex to St. Louis College, was laid today.  The site is one mile from the terminla of the West End car line.  Brother John Wolf presided.

1918
The importance of Medina Lake as a resort for San Antonians was demonstrated yesterday when more than 500 autos passed over the toll road and 2,500 people visited the dam.  Black bass fishing was very good.

1948
Construction of an 18-foot Highway from Bandera through the Old Indian Pass to Kerrville, a project sought for a decade by Hill Country residents, will become a reality by the end of the summer.

Monday, May 16, 2011

May 16 in San Antonio history...

1902
The Traction Company has constructed a special summer car without ends or side curtains.  The roof is merely supported by the usual side arms.

1942
More than 600 messengers to the 87th annual Southern Baptist Convention were welcomed by Gov. Coke R. Stevenson as the 5-day convention got underway in Municipal Auditorium.

1952
City fathers approved use of Woodlawn gym for Saturday night western dances and TV shows.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May 15 in San Antonio history...

1910
Everyone is inquiring about the [Halley's] comet - when the earth will pass through the comet's tail.  The comet's appearance will be made between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.

1930
By 1940, the San Antonian may be able to enjoy radio moving pictures in his home, giant dirigibles crossing the seas with the regularity of ocean liners and another world war may have devastated the nations, a national expert reported today.

1977
The North Side is getting the largest luxury hotel built in San Antonio since HemisFair.  Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled tomorrow for the five-story, 306-room La Mansion del Norte at Loop 410 and McCullough.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Come to the Folklife Festival!

"The Texana/Genealogy Department will be hosting the Genealogy Heritage of Family Name booth at this year's 40th Annual Texas Folklife Festival, June 10-12th.  Please come join us for what promises to be an exciting and educational great time!"

May 14 in San Antonio history...

1905
The city let a contract for the paving of West Commerce with brick.

1910
Have you that lamp on your wagon yet?  There are only a few days left until Chief of Police Piper instructs his men to arrest drivers of all vehicles not displaying the night-time signal.

1940
The suggestion that San Antonio change the names of its streets back to the old Spanish appellations was made here by Col. Alberto Salinas Carranza, head of aviation in the Mexican army, who visited Mayor Maury Maverick in City Hall.

Friday, May 13, 2011

May 13 in San Antonio history...

1900
Should the German-American citizens throw out their vote solid in one direction, their influence will be felt in the next county and city elections.

1940
Complete to the last blade of grass,  San Antonio's newly constructed open-air theater on the San Antonio River behind the public library, has been pronounced ready for service today by officials of the river beautification project.

1952
More than 500 Trinity University stalwarts packed up everything but their Bunsen burners today and headed from the old campus at 3115 W. Ashby Place, where the university had been located since 1912, eastward to the new campus on Stadium Drive.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

May 12 in San Antonio history...

1913
Members of the San Antonio Automobile Club called for good roads and a bond issue to build them at a meeting in the Gunter Hotel.

1953
Possibility of a tornado in the San Antonio area was forecast by the U.S. Weather Bureau.  Hail and winds reaching up to 50 or 60 miles per hour also were listed as possibilities.

1957
The $100,000, 3.2 mile "Brackenridge Eagle" railroad track began carrying its first passengers.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 11 in San Antonio history...

1887
An old-fashioned prairie schooner broke down on Commerce and S. Alamo this morning due to the combined influence of extreme age and a hole in the street.

1908
Cow Street is renamed to Carey Avenue (later Hildebrand in 1928.)

1956
The post office here was making plans for June 14 when a 9-cent stamp featuring the Alamo would be released.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 10 in San Antonio history...

1911
Lt. George E. Kelly is killed in an air crash at Ft. Sam Houston (flying Army Aeroplane #2).  Kelly Air Force Base is named for him.

1968
The Moving Sidewalks appear at the Teen Canteen near Blossom Athletic Center.  The lead guitarist is Billy Gibbons, who would name his next band ZZ Top.

1970
A San Antonio woman who was born before the Civil War is calling friends on the first telephone she has ever owned.  Mrs. Willie O'Rorke, 402 N. Pine, who claims to be 110 years old but who close friends insist is "only" 108, became Southwestern Bell Telephone's oldest and newest customer when the spanking new white telephone went into her modest cottage.

Monday, May 9, 2011

May 9 in San Antonio history...

1903
Children from the Fifth and Sixth Ward Schools were carried to San Pedro Park for a picnic by cars of the San Antonio Traction Company.

1922
San Antonio will have natural gas within four or five months, W.B. Tuttle, vice president of San Antonio Public Service Company, said this morning after negotiations with M. Sweetman and Associates.

1976
CIA Director George Bush told a Trinity University audience yesterday he would withhold sensitive information from Congress if he were certain the information would be leaked to the public.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

May 8 in San Antonio history...

1914
County officals planned special ceremonies when the old Bexar County Courthouse was demolished to allow widening of Soledad Street between Houston and Commerce.

1942
San Antonio's first official test of special air-raid alarm equipment will be held Saturday, May 9, between 10 a.m. and noon, it is announced by Col. John N. Reynolds, local civilian defense coordinator.

1952
An 1899 city ordinance porviding a license fee of 25 cents for bootblacks and calling for the city to furnish them tin badges was repealed today by the City Council.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

May 7 in San Antonio history...

1893
Men's footwear valued at $4 slipped to $2.75 at the closing-out sale of the Eagle Shoe Co.

1913
Dr. E. Sandoz, a nerve specialist from Boerne [sic], Switzerland, told a meeting of the Texas State Medical Association convention that the mind plays the leading role to all nervous diseases.

1953
Robert B. Green Hospital officials are literally collecting their debts in blood.  With a low reserve of pints in the hospitals, blood bank officials were contacting families of patients in an effort to get the blood quota out of the red.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May 6 in San Antonio history...

1889
The Hugo & Schmeltzer property next door to the Alamo is condemned by City Council.

1900
The name of North Flores Street should be changed to "Spring and Axle Breaker Route."

1942
L.W. "Woody" Whitworth, a Navy ship's cook from Boerne, is captured by Japanese forces when Corregidor falls.  He would survive the prison camp at Cabanatuan on the Philippine Islands, the "hellships" Oryoku Maru and Brazil Maru, and Fukuoka Prison Camp #17 on the Japanese island of Kyushu.  He witnessed the atomic bomb at Nagasaki and was liberated after the Japanese surrender, arriving home on Oct. 1, 1945 - his mother's 51st birthday.

1970
A newly consecrated bishop led a sing-along in Spanish, a young Mexican-American militant read an epistle propounding love, and a crowd of some 1,000 faithful enjoyed tamales and coffee.  This was the scene at historic Mission San Jose Tuesday night as San Antonio's new Auxiliary Bishop Patrick F. Flores celebrated a Catholic Mass under the stars.

May 5 in San Antonio history...

1910
The students at St. Mary's College will picnic Friday at Landa's Park and will leave over the Katy on a special train in the morning for New Braunfels.

1970
In a ceremony reflecting ecumenism and a confluence of cultures, Patrick F. Flores was consecrated the auxilliary bishop of the San Antonio Archdiocese late Tuesday morning.  Consecration ceremonies were held at the Convention Center Arena, marking the first time a Catholic event of this magnitude has ever been held in the United States outside a church building.

2001
Councilman Ed Garza wins the mayoral election over Tim Bannwolf.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May 4 in San Antonio history...

1901
President McKinley came to San Antonio and delivered a speech in front of the Alamo - the first President to do so.

1942
Bexar residents whose names begin with letters "A" through "L" are flocking to elementary school registration booths, signing up to receive War Ration Book No. 1.  Stamps from the books will be needed for sugar.

1952
Bulldozers and wrecking crews are ready to flatten 35 acres of ramshackle housing at Chihuahua and S. Laredo to make way for Cassiano Homes, a new housing authority project.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 3 in San Antonio history...

1900
The county commissioners were out on the county roads yesterday looking over the damage done by the rains which is quite heavy.

1910
Every citizen having the interest of San Antonio at heart is invited to attend the mass meeting at Beethoven Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday.  Mayor Rice of Houston and Mayor Fisher of Galveston will expound the principles of commission government.

1970
Late-arriving West Side precinct totals pulled State Sen. Joe Bernal into the winners' column in Saturday's Democratic primary.

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2 in San Antonio history...

1912
There is a possibility that the famous Scholz garden may be reestablished on a part of the property now occupied by the Wolff & Marx Co. when that firm's lease expires.

1940
When Homer Brooks, state secretary for the Communist Party, attempted to speak at a party rally in Haymarket Plaza, he was drowned out by the crowd singing The Eyes of Texas.

1944
Continental Airlines inaugurated the first commercial flight between San Antonio and El Paso.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May 1 in San Antonio history...

1901
A bust of Dr. F. Herff Sr. is unveiled in the Carnegie Library.  [It is now in the Texana/Genealogy Department of the downtown Central Library.]

1950
The City Public Service Board approved plans for Municipal Auditorium air conditioning drawn for the city by Engineer Martin E. Staley.

1956
The Plaza Hotel in this city has been acquired by the Hilton Hotels Corp., it was announced today.