Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 30 in San Antonio history...

A state-wide search was on for four companions of a would-be train robber who shot and killed an Aransas Pass railroad fireman near Brackenridge.

Hugo & Schmeltzer's at 613-615 Commerce Street closes.

The Austin Highway Flea Market closes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29 in San Antonio history...

City Council proposes to erect a building to be used as a courthouse and public school building. The sum of $80 was appropriated for the purpose of putting the building then occupied in order to serve said purposes.

Rainfall in San Antonio total .94 inch, with other South Texas cities reporting .5 to 1.6 inches at Corpus Christi.

Tom Nissalke, former coach of the ABA Dallas Chapparals and the NBA Seattle Supersonics, is named the first head coach of the San Antonio Spurs.

Dr. Ronald K. Calgaard is installed as the 16th president of Trinity University.  Dr. Calgaard previously served as the vice-chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Kansas.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June 28 in San Antonio history...

The Trail Drive-in theater at Military and Roosevelt opens.

Jubilant officals announted the United Cerebral Palsy telethon had raised $15,582 to date.  The present total is almost $60,000 more than was raised in the first telethon.

Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez today delivered a reply to San Antonio critics of the VA hospital plan saying there is a definite need for the $15 million complex slated to be built here.

Monday, June 27, 2011

June 27 in San Antonio history...

San Antonio moved again toward complete desegregation today after 173 restaurants, 23 motels and 9 hotels quietly opened their doors to Negroes.

Oak Farms Dairy introduces plastic milk jugs to replace the previous quart glass bottles.  They were given the rather unfortunate name "Jug-A-Moo."

Lightning strikes steeple of Hot Wells bathhouse causing extensive fire damage for the fourth time.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

June 26 in San Antonio history...

The 1,500 city employees who have been living on credit or savings for a month because of an empty city treasury, were told about $90,000 would distributed by July 1.

Postmaster Dan Quill said the "master" number of the new ZIP code designations for San Antonio is 782.

Southwestern Bell officials announced that South Texas would soon have two area codes.  San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley would remain 512 and Austin, Corpus Christi and Kingsville would receive a new but as yet undetermined designation.  The change is slated to take place in late 1992 or early 1993.
[Despite what the article stated, San Antonio's area code changed to 210 on Nov. 1, 1992]

Saturday, June 25, 2011

June 25 in San Antonio history...

An Alamo line street car collided with a train at the Aransas Pass crossing near Riverside Park.  The car was wrecked and one man was reported seriously injured.

The annual ordinance granting the Fiesta San Antonio Association the use of city streets and plaza during Fiesta Week was passed by the City Council.

After spending $3.1 million to buy the Vista Verde office building, Bexar Commissioners voted Monday to spend almost $4 million to refurbish the structure to meet the county's needs.  Commissioners also approved $9.96 million for the development of a forensic science center to replace the current medical examiner's office.

Friday, June 24, 2011

June 24 in San Antonio history...

St. Louis College graduates its first class - a graduating class of two.

Mayor Maverick today has obtained from Aubrey Williams, NYA director, a commitment for $100,00 of NYA funds for restoration of the Villita Street Spanish Village.

Trinity Baptist Church is founded.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 23 in San Antonio history...

While tearing down an old soft rock structure on South Alamo between Garden and South streets, laborers unearthed a pile of coins which evidently had been placed in the wall more than a half century ago.

The city will offer a supply of free wood to the needy.  Mountainous heaps of broken wood blocks, reclaimed from torn up pavement, have been assembled at the city material yards.

Forty cars of an empty 86-car gravel train derailed on the Southern Pacific tracks near the 100 block of Probandt Street, blocking traffic on Probandt and Flores streets.  No one was injured and none of the cars overturned in the mishap.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June 22 in San Antonio history...

Although it has been opened several weeks, the interregional highway from Cincinnati to Culebra Road is not being used much.  A check revealed an average of one car per five minutes travels the route.

The contract for construction of North Star Mall was awarded yesterday to Dan J. Rheiner Construction Co.

The Solo Serve Company, founded as "The Clerkless Store" in 1919, is sold by the Brenner family to the Solo Serve Corporation, a subsidiary of the General Atlantic Group headed by R.J. Grimm, who had been vice-president of the Solo Serve Company. The term "clerkless" meant that customers could roam a store and pick out their own items -- instead of having a clerk be in charge of getting each item for a customer. As is the case in today's grocery stores, customers in the clerkless store would pay for their items once they were ready to leave. The concept cut down on labor costs, thus allowing stores to sell products at lower prices.

The Spurs use their No. 1 draft pick to select Naval Academy Midshipman David Robinson.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21 in San Antonio history...

San Antonio is being considered as a station on route of proposed airline passenger travel between the Atlantic and the Pacific.  Inquiries have been made regarding a suitable landing field near the city.

The clutch on "Big Daddy" Don Garlitts' dragster explodes during a run at Alamo Dragway, injuring several spectators with shrapnel.

The Police Department replaces their traditional royal and French blue uniforms (above) with dark navy blue (below).
(Photo courtesy of Imagebank)

Monday, June 20, 2011

June 20 in San Antonio history...

While in the act of giving a lady his seat on the Hot Wells street car last night, C.B. Christians fell from the car and suffered severe bruises.  He was trolley riding with his wife when the accident occurred.

Randolph Field is dedicated.

Ray Ashworth, 35, Evanston, IL., one of the nation's outstanding safety experts, today was named chief of the San Antonio Police Department.  He succeeds W.A. Harvey, an acting chief since June 1.

The headline of the San Antonio Express newspaper read "60 cent gas looms in San Antonio."
($0.60 in 1975 works out to $2.40 per gallon today after inflation.  It would still be a bargain.)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

June 19 in San Antonio history...

City Attorney Paschal recommends the closing of the old Madre ditch through the city.  At present it only accommodates the streetcar power house as a disposal of its waste water.

Abandonment of their bid for the Arsenal property was scheduled by the board of trustees of San Antonio Junior College in their meeting this afternoon.

The San Antonio City Council votes to ban people of color from city swimming pools, making law of a de facto segregation that had existed for 90-plus years.  To add insult to such a despicable action, the law takes effect on "Juneteenth," the 89th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas.  The law would be repealed two years later, on March 16, 1956.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 18 in San Antonio history...

At a meeting of the county commissioners, a petition asking that the named of the Hoefling, Jones-Maltsberger, Coker-Maltsberger and Lockhill-Selma roads be changed to that of Sommers Road was granted.

On the anniversary of his famed flight to Ireland, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan took as his bride yesterday afternoon, his childhood sweetheart, Miss Elizabeth Marvin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Marvin,  507 Terrell Rd.  The wedding was in the chapel of the First Baptist Church.

Southwest Airlines begins air service to San Antonio, Dallas and Houston with six roundtrips DAL-SAT and 12 roundtrips DAL-IAH with $20 one-way fares.

Friday, June 17, 2011

June 17 in San Antonio history...

The Victory Arch, erected on Alamo Plaza as a part of the welcoming home of San Antonio soldiers and under which two parades of overseas men have marched, has been taken down. No more large units of men are slated to arrive.

Fire and Police Commissioner Phil Wright warned motorist the new state highway speed limit of 45 mph does not apply inside the city limits.  The city speed limit, as before, will be 20 mph.

The San Antonio Spurs become members of the National Basketball Association.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

June 16 in San Antonio history...

John Keiser, who is engaged in classifying probate papers in the county clerk's office, came to a package yesterday containing the papers of Davy Crockett.  First papers were filed July 12, 1837 and the estate was closed in 1857.

The city creed, written by L. N. Lyon, 717 E. Euclid, was selected by a committee of three judges to win the $50 prize offered by the San Antonio Light for the best expression of faith in San Antonio written in 100 words.

A "cooling off" period of two weeks began today in the labor dispute between officials of the San Antonio Transit Company and the bus drivers union.  Both sides accepted a two-week extension of the old contract.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June 15 in San Antonio history...

Plunging into space simultaneously from different planes, seven Brooks Field soldiers today floated gracefully to the ground in one of the most unusual parachute demonstrations ever attempted at a government field.

Drastic water rationing, including the closing of two post pools was ordered today at Fort Sam Houston.  The order also saw new deep well pumps must be installed because a lowered water level.

Like a hot potato, the controversial fluoridation issue has been tossed into the city's lap again.  It has been eight years since a local group failed in its attempt to add fluoride to the water.  Jim Pearce, chairman of the Jaycee Public Health and Education Committee, said surveys show cavities in children are reduced by 65 percent in areas which use the fluoridated water.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June 14 in San Antonio history...

About 25 autos left San Antonio at 9:30 a.m. yesterday for New Braunfels, returning in the evening.  Main purpose of the trip was to gain the friendship of farmers on the route and help remove their prejudice against autos.

The Teen Canteen opens at Bitters Road opposite Northeast Stadium featuring Lord August [Meyers] & the Visions of Lite and Incandescent Shadows.

The Spurs win their fourth championship in nine years by sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Monday, June 13, 2011

June 13 in San Antonio history...

In no uncertain terms, Mayor C.W. Chambers today demanded the Order of the Alamo must either stage its 1929 coronation in Municipal Auditorium or San Antonio's streets will be barred to Fiesta de San Jacinto parades.

Col. W.B. Tuttle Today said he is impatiently awaiting the start of a survey by Army engineers to determine the practicality of a river canal from San Antonio to the Gulf of Mexico.  The 140-mile proposed canal would follow the San Antonio River to the Guadalupe and continue alone that river to the gulf.

San Antonio city officials today belatedly discovered they faced a deficit of $200,000 for municipal operations during the fiscal year which ended May 31.  Officials said 80 percent tax collections are needed to balance the budget.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

June 12 in San Antonio history...

The fire department boys have received their new summer straw hats, all of the Alpine shape, in brown straw.

After a decade of construction, the Sunken Garden Theater, one of San Antonio's beauty spots, today stood completed.  The project was started in 1928 with erection of a 30x40 foot stage.

San Antonio spigots are going to drip instead of gush if water users don't practice conservation, city engineers predicated today.  There's little chance summer rains will eliminate the drought, they say, and the postwar demands on a pre-war water system drain the supply.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

June 11 in San Antonio history...

The City Council is considering purchase of several lots for the creation of Romana Plaza at the junction of Soledad, Romana, Camden, Main and San Pedro. The triangular plaza would also include property of the Main Avenue fire station.

Endorsement of Father's Day and an appeal for its proper observance was contained in a proclaimation issued today by Mayor C.M. Chambers.  The day will be celebrated extensively in San Antonio.  There will be many parties.

Five San Antonio taxicab companies were operating Wednesday with a 10 cent increate in minimum fares.  The minimum fares went from 35 cents to 45 cents at midnight Monday.

Friday, June 10, 2011

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June 10 in San Antonio history...

The nickel pass of the bus rider was eliminated today by a 4-to-1 votes of the City Council.  Passes will be eliminated July 4, increasing fare for twice-daily riders in the first zone by 15 cents and 25 cents in the second zone.

Television station KCOR Channel 41 (now KWEX) takes to the airwaves as the country's first Spanish language TV station.

A 69-year-old woman in an apparent daze stepped into the downtown San Antonio River Tuesday and missed drowning by moments.  She was discovered floating face down on the river surface by three men.  She is believed to have fallen to the sidewalk while walking along the river, and upon arising, mis-stepped into the river.

The Spurs select 7-0 center Jeff Wilkins of Illinois State as their first pick in the NBA draft.  They also draft Dan Henderson of Arkansas State.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June 9 in San Antonio history...

The county commissioners this morning examined the work on the new cells in the city jail recently removed from the basement of the courthouse and decided to accept them.

Alderman Dietzmann today said he favors a law requiring that each balloonist pay a license of $27 per year for the privilege of navigating the San Antonio atmosphere. He said there is no telling when one is apt to fall on us.

In broad daylight under the eyes of detectives and scores of patrolmen, a daring San Antonio thief stole a policeman's horse, tied directly in front of police headquarters. A general pursuit failed to catch him.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June 8 in San Antonio history...

The school census is completed; it shows 12,201 pupils of scholastic age.

Construction of the Sunken Garden Theater is begun.

The Reptile Garden opens at the Witte Museum.  (It would close in 1975.)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 7 in San Antonio history...

A steam shovel is used for the first time in San Antonio in construction of Commercial National Bank.

Gonzales Road is re-named Nixon Road

Jorrie's (later Lack's) Furniture Building is razed (right).

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6 in San Antonio history...

Police Chief Aubrey Hopkins announced the addition of four detectives to the juvenile delinquency staff in an effort to cut down crime along the river.

The San Antonio Motion Picture Advisory and Reviewing Board held its annual installation luncheon and for the benefit of several guests, reaffirmed it is not a film censoring society.

Macy's holds its grand opening in the former Marshall Field's location in North Star Mall.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

June 5 in San Antonio history...

A.A. Lockwood, President of the San Antonio Fire Company receives a new fire engine. 

Joske's installs the first escalators in San Antonio and begins their "Joske Days" sale two days late in order to showcase them.

The University of Texas Graduate School opens at 4203 Woodcock in the Koger Executive Center.  Dr. Kenneth Ashmore, executive vice president of UTSA, said, "We're approaching the first major objective of the institution and that is to open here.  The second objective is to open the main campus in September 1975."

Saturday, June 4, 2011

June 4 in San Antonio history...

The Aztec Theatre opened promising "a totally new form of entertainment."

The swimming champion of the world, Johnny Weismuller, 27, is in San Antonio.  Four swimming exhibitions will be given here.

Regents of the University of Texas system approved preliminary plans for six new buildings on the UTSA campus, costing $33,522,000.  The structures are a library, a humanities building, a science-education building, an art building, a physical education building and a service building.

Friday, June 3, 2011

June 3 in San Antonio history...

San Antonian Ed White becomes the
first astronaut to "walk" in space when he opens the hatch of his Gemini 4 capsule and floats outside.
(Photo courtesy of NASA.)

Bexar County voters voted nearly 2-to-1 for the first countywide road bonds.  Fewer than 4 percent of the county's registered voters turned out.

The Ixtoc I oil platform in the Bay of Campeche, 600 miles south of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico, blows out, catches fire and collapes.  The well, 164 feet below the surface, spilled 10,000 to 30,000 barrels of oil per day into the gulf until it was finally capped on March 23, 1980.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 2 in San Antonio history...

The Sunset Pictures Corp. moving picture company recently organized here with capital of $50,000, has leased the Harlandale Hotel and bathhouse property and early next week will start erection of a $2,000 outdoor studio.

The Fiesta San Jacinto Association today issued a financial statement showing that it spent $29,314 on the fifty-third Fiesta.  The association income totaled $30,557.  Principal revenue was 691 pledges from merchants and professional men.

J.B. Smith and Beverly Bush enjoyed the first two mixed drinks legally served in the Tower of the Americas.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 1 in San Antonio history...

Robert E. Lee is counted in the 1860 Federal census, living at Ladreska Phillips's boarding house here.

The deeds conveying the 283-acre Brackenridge homestead north of San Antonio to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word were delivered to the sisters by Col. Brackenridge yesterday for $100,000.

Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News
The Smith-Young Tower [now Tower Life Building] is completed.  (photo right)

Northeast High School is officially renamed Douglas MacArthur High School