Monday, August 29, 2011

August 29 in San Antonio history...

1986
Blockbuster Video announces its first San Antonio location at 9885 IH-10 West in the Colonnade. They would acquire the Sound Warehouse and Music Plus retail chains in 1992, but declare bankruptcy on Sept. 23, 2010.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

August 20 in San Antonio history...

1910
The congregation of Travis Park Methodist Church will erect a 12-story office and church building to cost about $50,000.  The building will be erected on the adjoining church property on Travis and Navarro.

1960
Hundreds of San Antonians searched the skies last night for more than five hours for a glimpse of a "reddish ball of fire" reported to have been seen in the northeast section of the city.  Local authorities have yet to determine what caused the reddish light.

Friday, August 19, 2011

August 19 in San Antonio history...

1909
A meeting of the German-American citizens is held at Beethoven Hall to organize a branch of the German-American Alliance of the United States of America.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August 16 in San Antonio history...

1920
The 2nd Division recruiting station at Jefferson and Travis has been moved to the southwest corner of Cameron and W. Houston.  Capt. Bernard M. Smith hopes that the new location will be more conducive to enlisting.

1960
Delinquent city tax collections for the fiscal year showe an increase of 17 percent over the previous years, said, J. Frank Norton, back tax attorney.

Monday, August 15, 2011

August 15 in San Antonio history...

1905
An ordinance was adopted by the city council wherein the city disclaimed any right, title or interest in the Alamo property.  The mayor was authorized to execute a quit claim deed to Miss Clara Driscoll.

1918
A single fingerprint is the sole evidence against a San Antonio man ordered to stand trial in district court for burglary.  It will be the first case of its kind in Bexar County and the third in the state.  Although other evidence is lacking, police claim the print method is infallable.

1969
Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin play a concert at Hemisfair Arena.  It is the first appearance in San Antonio for both bands.  Tickets sell for $3, $4 and $5.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

August 13 in San Antonio history..

1922
This morning, Judge James R. Davis submitted a petition from property owners in the settlement of Viva, between San Antonio and Leon Springs on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass railroad, that the streets and alleys in the 35-year-old town be ordered closed. The commissioners' court granted the petition. Thus, the township was wiped out. There were no casualties.

1928
Before the end of the week, the city expects to own all of the land necessary for the right-of-way of the crosstown flood prevention channel.  The channel will run from the back of the Public Service Co. across Commerce, Market and Dolorosa, connecting with the river again in the rear of the Plaza Hotel.

1959
Mayor Kuykendall drove off behind the wheel of a spanking new Cadillac today, the first city-owned chariot since Maury Maverick was in office.  A limousine for the mayor was discontinued during World War II.

Friday, August 12, 2011

August 12 in San Antonio history...

1909
San Antonio has a population of 101,994 and Bexar Country 133,188, according to the offical census report from the superintendent of public instruction.

1915
Police cars were equipped with sirens similar to those used by the fire department.  They were to be used only while the cars were responding to emergency calls.

1955
The nations's first jet light aircraft landed at San Antonio.  The plane was a 4-place, twin-jet Beechcraft.  Its pilot, Allen Raines, called it a "sweet aircraft."

Thursday, August 11, 2011

August 11 in San Antonio history...


1909
A meeting of the German-American citizens will be held at Beethoven Hall Aug. 19 to organize a branch of the German-American Alliance of the United States of America.



1919
A minimum wage of $2.50 a day for laborers and $5 a day for teamsters with teams will be inaugurated by the city when the budget is adopted.  This will be an increase of 50 cents for the laborers and $1 for the teamsters.

1939
Bexar County Commissioners Court in a special resolution passed this morning, censured the city of San Antonio for its "ill-advised" granting of a permit for a Communist Party meeting in the Municipal Auditorium.

1959
The city's housing and inspection department issued a permit for construction of a $1,040,000 motor hotel to be situated at Loop 13, San Pedro and Isom Road.  It will be known as Ramada Inn Roadside Motel.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 10 in San Antonio history...

1892
A sewage propostition will soon by made the city by a New York company, it is said.

1902
The San Antonio Traction Company will begin the work of laying the heavy grooved rail on Military Plaza tomorrow and until this work is completed, passengers on the I&GN cars will be transferred to this point.

1922
The San Antonio Police Association made formal request for either a $40 per month base pay hike or the establishment of a 40-hour work week.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August 9 in San Antonio history...

1902
A real estate deed was filed this morning for the conveyance of the old Andrews homestead on Dallas for the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital for $11,000.

1942
The world's largest aerial navigation school will go into action at Hondo, when cadets march to their first classes in academic buildings.

1962
Southwest Research Institute received two contracts today which were among $137,638 approved by the National Institute of Health.

1969
Midnight Cowboy begins showing in San Antonio at the Broadway Theater at 4940 Broadway.  It remains the only X-rated film to win the Best Picture Oscar.
(photo by Gerald Lyda)

Monday, August 8, 2011

August 8 in San Antonio history...

1879
Jacques Hainline is hanged here according to law, for the murder of Peter Maddox.

1887
If that resident on San Pedro does not look out and put on more clothing when he sits on his front gallery in the evening, he will be exposed through the courts.

1922
Permission to drive through downtown streets, clad only in swimming suits, was refused a dozen belles bound for Lambert Beach and Brackenridge Park.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 7 in San Antonio history..

1873
Troops are removed from the San Antonio Army Post.

1922
Permission to drive through downtown streets clad ownly in swimming suits, was refused a dozen belles bound for Lambert Beach and Brackenridge Park.

1959
Paid parking went into operation this week at the International Airport.  Prices are 10 cents for the first 30 minutes, 25 cents for three hours and up to $1 for 24 hours.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

August 6 in San Antonio history...

1922
James E. Ferguson, former Texas governor and now U.S. senatorial candidate, is scheduled to be a San Antonio visitor today.

1942
A petition bearing 100 signatures and demanding the sale of beer be prohibited on Sunday was presented to the City Council.

1962
The mercury passed the 100 degree mark for the 14th consecutive day, surpassing a 32-year old record.
[The streak continued until August 13, 1962 - 21 consecutive days, which is still the record as of 2011.]

Friday, August 5, 2011

August 5 in San Antonio history...

1884
The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad is first organized.

1922
San Antonio's first radio station, WJAE, begins broadcasting but lasts only a few months.

1983
Preliminary work has begun to convert the Maverick Building, formerly an office building at 606 N. Presa,  into a "European-style" hotel of 92 one- and two-bedroom suites, including a penthouse suite with patios overlooking downtown, according to Max Champman, the project's architect and one of it's four owners.  The Maverick Hotel is slated to open no earlier than June 1984.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August 4 in San Antonio history...

1932
A group of 150 business men this morning went on record as favoring the Roosevelt Avenue route for the proposed Highway 66.

1942
County Commissioners Court has decided to return the 70 idle voting machines which have never been purchased, each at a savings of $1040.

1990
Eleven-year-old Heidi Seeman disappears, prompting a massive search and a city-wide outpouring of support.  Her body is found on August 25.  Her murder remains unsolved to this day.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August 3 in San Antonio history...

1873
Georgie Drake, a beautiful song and dance girl of the variety theatres, is killed by her jealous boyfriend, John Lanham, at the Green Front Theater at the corner of Military Plaza and North Flores.

1932
San Antonio claims organization of the first group of Khaki Shirts in Texas, an outgrowth of the bonus seekers' troubles in Washington.  They are seeking a permanent camp.

1962
San Antonio's Chiropractic College received an initial endowment of $238,000 toward a $1 million endowment fund from its alumni association.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August 2 in San Antonio history...

1942
The huge $1,500,000 dirigible hangar at Brooks Field, one of the largest structures in the Southwest, is to be dismantled soon.

1952
An 8-year-old preacher will hold a revival in the city starting Sunday.  He is probably the nation's youngest preacher.

1979
Joske's held the first day of a disco dancing contest to win an appearance in the upcoming Allan Carr film tentatively titled "Discoland."  [Allan Carr was the producer of "Grease." "Discoland" would be released in 1980 as "Can't Stop the Music."]

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 1 in San Antonio history...

1892
The telephone exchange switchboard was fried by the lightning last night during the storm, but was extinguished by the operators in fine style.

1922
Albert O. Van Riper, acting chief of police since shortly after the resignation of Thomas J. Martin, was confirmed by three votes in the City Council yesterday.

1962
U.S. Customs agents in San Antonio are going to make an inventory of all gold coins minted after 1933 which are contained in the rare coin collection at Witte Museum.