Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 31 in San Antonio history...

1903
The East End Bakery advertised in The Light that the "best bread in the city" could be purchased at its three stores at two loaves for five cents.

1908
James "Doc" Williams was hanged in the Bexar County jail this morning for the murder of Thomas J. Turner.  Before the execution, Father Waring mounted the scaffold and delivered a rebuke to those who had come to see the hanging out of morbid curiosity.

1948
Contributions totaling $700 have been made for the development of a park north of Dahiel, near the old Dodd Field permanent party mess hall.  The park will serve 500 miltary personnel and dependents.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 30 in San Antonio history...

1898
The members of the Salvation Army in this city have begun the practice of visiting saloons every evening and giving  an entertainment after which a collection is invariably taken up for the success of the cause.

1918
San Antonio police today said they are alarmed by the sudden increase of juvenile delinquency in this city. Last month, 31 boys were arrested for crimes, other than misdemeanors.  Police asked that a probe be conducted.

1958
County Commissioners Court changed the name of Bexar County Coliseum to Joe Freeman Coliseum.  In changing the name of the building, members of the court noted that "through his untiring efforts and unslefish and liberal donations, Joe Freeman, an outstanding citizen of San Antonio and Bexar County, is responsible for a coliseum of which all Bexar County may be proud."

Friday, July 29, 2011

July 29 in San Antonio history...

1893
Acting city engineer Pancoast reported sidewalk construction on portions of Fifth, Avenue E, Avenue C, Laredo, Acequia, and E. Commerce has been completed.

1903
J. M. Kincaid, owner of the Herald office building on Soledad, announced the structure would be completely modernized.

1953
Alamo Heights has received its fifth straigh National Traffic Safety Contest award - this time for a record of no traffic fatalities during 1952.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

July 28 in San Antonio history...

1893
A real estate transfer by Paul Wagner gave Lot 30 in Walter Street and a water ditch on Goliad to Ida Wagner and Charles Mueller for a consideration of $5000.

1933
Cotton on the first 550 Bexar County farms which have agreed with the federal government to reduce crops, was being plowed under.  Some 9,000 of 27,000 acres in cotton will be destroyed.

1963
The legend of the famed Rose Window of San Jose Mission is one of the major themes being presented in the production of "San Jose Story" at the San Jose Outdoor Theater through August 17.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 27 in San Antonio history...

1893
The Marshall Street mission of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church will be abandoned after next Sunday, it was announced.

1953
Contruction of a gigantic hangar at Kelly Air Force Base, capable of housing 10 huge B-36 bombers simultaneously, will begin early in September.  According to reports here it will be the largest building in the world.

1963
San Antonio has the "inside track" for the proposed $15 million Veterans Administration Hospital that will serve South Texas.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26 in San Antonio history...

1893
Telephone station operators sponsored a "hello dance" at Riverside Park.  A basket lunch was a feature of the outing.

1903
Several hundred persons attended the first annual joint picnic of the two locals of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen at San Pedro Springs Park.

1953
Eight engine test cells with 18-inch concrete walls, capable of calibrating performances of 5,000 h.p. turbo-prop aircraft power plants are under construction at Kelly AFB.


1975
The San Antonio Wings of the World Football League play their home opener at Alamo Stadium against the Charlotte Hornets in front of 12,325 fans.  The Wings win, 27-10.  However, the WFL folds in October.

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25 in San Antonio history...

1975
The San Antonio Wings of the World Football League play their home opener at Alamo Stadium against the Memphis Southmen.  The Wings win, 7-0.  However, the WFL folds in October.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

July 23 in San Antonio history...

1885
The first shipment of rails for the S.A. & A.P. railway arrived in San Antonio.

1972
Focus IV Computer Systems, located at 2103 Mannix, exhibited a computer system designed for small and medium sized businesses.  The system consists of a "central processor computer, a video display and keyboard, a dual-disc storage system and a serial impact printer with a forms tractor."  It sold for "less than $40,000," including programming.

1978
Sanitation workers in San Antonio go on strike.  Tensions are inflamed when City Manager Tom Huebner states that, "Those positions are easily filled."

1985
The San Antonio Gunslingers play their final game, a home game against the Portland Breakers, ironically the same team (then called the New Orleans Breakers) that they played in their very first game on Feb. 26, 1984.  They go out winners, 21-13, in front of 19,603 fans at Alamo Stadium.

Allez LeMond! - 1989

Friday, July 22, 2011

July 22 in San Antonio history...

1923
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Stephenson, 205 E. Mulberry, were revealsed as donors of the new $9,000 pipe organ in the Travis Park Methodist Church.

1953
The San Antonio Public Library is breaking all records in its 50th anniversary year.  Books now total more than 500,000 on downtown branch shelves.

1973
Public Works Department officials are negotiating a contract for investigation of the 47-year-old Olmos Dam and hope to employ a consultant for the work within two weeks.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 21 in San Antonio history...

1943
Lt. Dave A. Olds, whose navigating skills led U.S. Army Bombers on a strike at the Japanese naval base at Paramushiro, is the Dave Young who broadcast Mission baseball games over KABC.

1963
"Like a quarter moon" was the way San Antonians saw the sun when it reached its fullest stage of being partially eclipsed.

1973
The San Antonio Police Department could begin hiring women police officers later this year if approval is given of a new agility test, now being drawn up by Police Chief Peters and City Personnel Director Clyde McCullough.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 20 in San Antonio history...

1913
Marijuana is grown, cured and smoked right here in San Antonio.  In fact, San Antonio forms the distributing point for the southern territory, according to Prof. Harvey C. Stiles.

1943
Unless the rationing board gets a rush of applications, there will be a lot of gasless autos stranded here.  At least 25,000 owners have not received their new A books.

1953
An innovation that jumped into immediate popularity with patients at Brooke Army Hospital is a sidewalk cafe at the hospital service club.  Soft drinks and food are available for patients and their friends several times each week.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19 in San Antonio history...

1913
Property taxpayers, by a vote of 10 to 1, endorsed the nine propositions calling for the issuance of $3,450,000 in bonds for municipal improvements and for $300,00 for additional school facilities.

1933
San Antonio and southwest Texas entered the sixth consecutive week without rain, with farmers facing heavy losses unless the drought breaks soon.

1953
Unemployment in San Antonio is taking a sharp upswing.  The Texas Employment Commission reports the total number of jobless persons increased more than 3,000 during June.

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18 in San Antonio history...

1933
San Antonio's beer lovers will appear in 94th District COurt next week in defense of persons who have persisted in selling 3.2 percent beer in defiance of the city's proclamation.

1943
The Memphis Belle flyers will tell the inside story of their 25 bombing missions at the war bond rally to be held in their honor at Municipal Auditorium.

1963
It was reported to the City Council that the City of Leon Valley is not suitable for total annexation by San Antonio, because the city presently could not adequately service the small town with utilities.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July 17 in San Antonio history...

1913
The tunnel through the "big hill" on the line of the Fredericksburg Railroad was completed and is 910 feet long.

1923
Tomorrow afternoon the first bale of the season will be sold at public auction in the office of the San Antonio Cotton Exchange in the basement of the City National Bank Building.

1963
Seventy-four San Antonio business firsms have pledged $2,575,500 toward a $6 million goal to stage the proposed HemisFair in 1968, announced Marshall T. Steves, chairman of the HemisFair underwriting committee.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July 16 in San Antonio history...

1953
Parade fanfare and visits by Gov. Shivers and Hollywood stars will mark the world premiere of "The Man From the Alamo" at the Majestic Theater.

1963
The cumulative total of building contracts in the San Antonio metropolitan area for the first five months of 1963 totaled $41 million.

1983
Leslie Tillett was at a reception in San Antonio speaking to the "Friends of the Tillett Tapestry" about his creation, a 100 by 3 foot tapestry he created, depicting Cortes's conquest of Mexico.  He was hoping to sell it for $200,000 as a "gift to the city."  Ultimately, it was not purchased and went on display elsewhere.

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 15 in San Antonio history...

1898
A Southern Pacific passenger train coming into this city from Houston made the last 57 miles between Luling and San Antonio at the rate of a mile a minute.  One of the passengers said, "Why,  I couldn't count the telegraph poles!"

1928
For 10 years there has been no regular police force in San Antonio.  This came to light yesterday when it was revealed that none of the men employed in that period have been confirmed by the city commission as required by the city charter.

1949
San Antonio's Transit Service employees vote to strike.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

July 14 in San Antonio history...

1887
The group calling themselves the Young Men's Christian Association in organizing is proposing to have a gymnasium and endeavoring to raise the means to attain that end.

1917
Another great stride forward in San Antonio's importance as a military center was made today as the government took over 5,081 acres of land next to Camp Kelly.

1957
The gas war here continues as motorists enjoy filling up their automobile tanks at 20 cents a gallon.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 13 in San Antonio history...

1893
A chili stand has been placed in a vacant lot next to Convention Hall on North Flores Street.

1913
Work in getting the old German-English School property at South Alamo street in readiness for the fall season, when it will be used for a public school, is progressing steadily.

1923
San Antonio may have a municipal golf course of nine holes as an attraction for tourists next season if private means can be found for building one in Mahnke Park.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July 12 in San Antonio history...

1913
A Pentecostal baptizing will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Josephine Street bridge.

1923
An epidemic of whooping cough, measles and chicken pox has been prevalent at the Protestant Orphans Home for two months and two deaths have occurred.

1963
San Antonio banks let it be known Thursday they are willing to lend $4.5 million, the sum required to launch the HemisFair project.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11 in San Antonio history...

1913
Representatives of San Antonio grocers expressed approval of a Sunday closing resolution offered at a meeting of the Retail Merchants Association.

1923
Raggedy Ann, the burro mascot of Battery F, 12th Field Artillery, was buried to the slow strains of "The Old Gray Mare."

2002
Costco opens their second San Antonio location at 1201 N. Loop 1604 near 281.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 10 in San Antonio history...

1943
The Allied invasion and capture of 100 miles of beachheads along the coast of Sicily was the "talk of the town" in San Antonio.
1977
Two security guards prevented a man from jumping to his death from the Tower of the Americas. The elevator operator notified the guards because the man "acted suspiciously."

2010 
The Hays Street Bridge reopens to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

July 9 in San Antonio history...

1893
George H. Walker arrived in San Antonio from New York to take over as manager of the Grand Opera House.

1943
A new employee at the San Antonio National Bank, 213 W. Commerce, stepped on the burglar alarm button, causing 10 police cars to dash to the bank.

1953

Friday, July 8, 2011

July 8 in San Antonio history...

1893
San Antonio tailors will make the new uniforms for the San Antonio baseball club.  They will be gray wool with black trimmings.

1902
The Congregation of Temple Beth-El is issued a permit to erect a synagogue on Travis St. to cost $35,000.

1903
The San Antonio Typographical Union filed a petition with the city clerk for permission to hang a banner across the top of the Commerce Street bridge, announcing the July 19 picnic.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July 7 in San Antonio history...

1943
Dr. W.A. King, city health officer, reported a new record in births during the three-day holiday weekend.  A total of 101 was reported.

1953
Theft of 85 pounds of Polish sausage from a truck in the 2700 block of South Presa was reported today by Broadway Sausage Company, 1205 Broadway.

1997
The 210 area code changes to include only San Antonio and Bexar County. Area codes 830 and 956 are added for areas north and south of San Antonio.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 6 in San Antonio history...

1861
The Texas order of the Sons of Hermann is founded in San Antonio.

1923
A ban was placed on huge advertising banners stretched across downtown streets, following a conference between Commissioner Wright, Fire Chief Sarran and Building Inspector Niggli.

1943
Police Chief Aubrey Hopkins announced the addition of four detectives to the juvenile delinquency staff in an efford to cut down crime along the river.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 5 in San Antonio history...

1923
Mayor John W. Tobin returned to the San Antonio Amusement Co. several passes saying he did not believe any public official or city employee was entitled to free admittance to theaters.

1933
Housewives were the winners in a San Antonio milk price war.  Prices dropped to 3 cents a pint and 5 cents a quart at stores, and 4 cents a pint and 6 cents a quart delivered.

1943
Only one serious injury was reported as San Antonio observed one of its quietest Fourth of July celebrations in many years.

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4 in San Antonio history...

1893
Members of the Alamo Wheelmen captured first honors in established a record in the five-mile event at the state bicycle races at Waco.

1933
Bruno Busch, a farmer on Palo Alto Road, killed a seven-foot alligator, thus clearing the mystery of the disappearance of young pigs from his farm.

1963
The City Planning Commission detailed plans for a traffic loop encircling the central business district of San Antonio and an outer loop encircling the county.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July 3 in San Antonio history...

1923
The $1 million Woodman Memorial Hospital, situated north of San Antonio, has been dedicated.

1933
About 250 persons attended a closed state convention of the Texas Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at Pecan Grove, off the South Loop.

1963
Formal announcement of a 130-acre downtown site for the proposed HemisFair was made by James M. Gaines, chairman of the site selection committee.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 2 in San Antonio history...

1903
W. R. Crothers and Co. agents were advertising the Oldsmobile as "the rig that runs." The price for the 1903 model was $650.

1963
A total of 61 percent of all business establishments signed pledges that they would voluntarily desegregate, according to a report of the City Council's committee on desegregation.

1971
The Aztec Theater promised "a new concept in entertainment" with the transformation into a multiplex, called the Aztec-3.

Friday, July 1, 2011

July 1 in San Antonio history...

1893
The inaugural races of the San Antonio Jockey Club will take place at the fairgrounds July 3 and 4, according to J. R. Hooper, secretary of the club.

1923
Fire Chief J. G. Sarran warned that sparklers are dangerous when used by children and asked San Antonians to join a campaign for a "safe and sane" July 4.

1971
San Antonio begins serving liquor by the drink.  The first five restaurants in San Antonio to receive a mixed beverage license were John Charles Restaurant, The Landing, Big John's Steaks and Oyster Bar, La Fonda on Broadway and La Fonda in Oak Hills.  The Tower of the Americas was the sixth, but they decided to wait until July 2 to begin serving drinks.

1973
Santikos announces the expansion of the Century South theatre to six screens, plus the purchase of three local drive-ins:  the Mission Twin, Lackland and Varsity drive-ins from Gulf States Theaters of New Orleans.