Sunday, January 31, 2010

January 31 in San Antonio history...

The telephone company announced a toal of 11,000 home telephones were in use in the Alamo City.

San Antonio experiences a 4.7 inch snowfall and a record low temperature of zero degrees.

One airman was killed and another critically injured in a flash fire at a space cabin simulator at Brooks Air Force Base this morning.

The Walgreen's on Houston Street closes, slated for demolition.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

January 30 in San Antonio history...

Approximately 60 young ladies and girls employed at Finck's cigar factory walked out on strike this morning. The girls, who make $8 a week quit because other girls were being hired for as little as $1.50 per week.

With autos in San Antonio now numbering 12,000, Mayor Brown has asserted there is a need to reduce a growing congestion on downtown streets. He has suggested limiting parking to 20 minutes on some of the principal streets.

Congressman Maury Maverick has reluctantly agreed to spend $135,000 of San Antonio's $400,000 centennial fund for an athletic stadium.

Ground-breaking ceremonies are scheduled for the new South San Antonio Baptist Church, a $150,000 structure to be erected opposite South San Antonio High School.

Friday, January 29, 2010

January 29 in San Antonio history...

A pedestrian suffered a broken leg when he fell through a large hole in the Market Street Bridge.

William Jennings Bryan, defeated free silver candidate of the Popocratic Party, arrived for a short visit in San Antonio. He was not too warmly received, either at the train or at a reception at the Menger.

Establishment of a branch of the University of Texas medical school in San Antonio and appropriations for it are sought in a bill introduced by state Sen. Walter Tynan.

University of Texas regents passed a resolution yesterday leaving little doubt that construction on the South Texas Medical School will be stopped unless Bexar County's hospital woes are solved by Feb. 20.

The new Catholic Chancery opens and is dedicated at 2718 Woodlawn.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

January 28 in San Antonio history...

Luby's Cafeterias founded at 517 N. Presa.

The new Central Library building opens at S. St. Mary's and West Market streets.

San Antonio mourns the deaths of the seven astronauts killed in the in-flight disintegration of the Space Shuttle Challenger, including Shuttle Commander and former San Antonio College student Francis "Dick" Scobee. Challenger astronauts Scobee and Christa McAuliffe, like Apollo One's Ed White, will have San Antonio middle schools named for them.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January 27 in San Antonio history...

The street commissioner's office has finally made much-needed repairs to the floor of the St. Mary's Street bridge.

After two women prisoners sawed their way out of the Bexar County jail, Commissioner's Court pledged to purchase stronger bars.

Ex-Mayor Maury Maverick declared in a New York interview: "We don't have to worry about socialism and communism in this country because every American is a native-born capitalist."

During a "plugs-out" test, the Apollo capsule at Cape Kennedy catches fire and burns, killing the three astronauts: Roger Chaffee, Virgil "Gus" Grissom and San Antonian Ed White.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January 26 in San Antonio history...

A large crowd of people was at San Pedro Springs to witness the balloon ascension and parachute leap by Prof. Baldwin which came off on scheduled time, to the astonishment of everyone present.

An estimated 30,000 attended a 3-day carnival sponsored by the Ku Klux Klan at the Speedway south of San Antonio.

Work was begun this week on a $500,000 enlargement program at Sears, Roebuck & Co. on Romana Plaza.

Actor Fred MacMurray has been in show business for a long time, but his appearance in San Antonio today was, as he admitted, a milestone in his long career.

Monday, January 25, 2010

January 25 in San Antonio history...

City Council approved Alderman Fentiman's ordinance restricting speed of automobiles and bicycles in San Antonio's city limits to 6 miles an hour.

Detectives Frank Price and Jack Hice forced three boys they caught stripping a car to push the vehicle 10 miles to police headquarters.

After an hour's debate the county commissioners voted to accept a deed to Exposition Park from the city as a site for the $1,750,000 coliseum.

The San Antonio Hard Rock Café holds grand opening celebration.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

January 24 in San Antonio history...

Firemen estimated losses at $200,000 in a fire which destroyed L. Wolfson's clothing store on Main Plaza.

The annex of the old courthouse is being remodeled into a modern store building.

The charter for the first commercial aviation company to be organized in Texas was granted today to a group of Laredo businessmen. Its purpose is to construct airplanes, carry passengers and transport freight.

San Antonio has broken its all-time snow record with 2.25 inches with snow still falling. The heaviest previous snowfall was recorded in 1875.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

January 23 in San Antonio history...

New stagecoach fare of $4 to Boerne was announced with the return trip costing $5.

Steeplejack Wilson, who styles himself New York's "human fly" attracted attention today while engaged in painting the flagpole on the Gibbs Building at a height of 140 feet above the street level.

Official approval of the Shook Ave. rock quarry as the location of San Antonio's municipal stadium was voted by the City Commission. The site was proposed by Commissioner Paul E. Steffler.

The tophouse of the Tower of the Americas is lifted into place.

Friday, January 22, 2010

January 22 in San Antonio history...

In a few days, the floating pavilion at West End will be ready for dancers. A number of the city's young folk have expressed a desire to their parents to allow them to attend opening night.

A "deaf mute" who said "That's tough" when found guilty of vagrancy was sentenced to 100 days in jail for fraud.

A complete telephone directory of Fort Sam Houston, the first ever issued listing all telephones at the Army post has been printed. Included are the duty and command of the personnel and the date they reported.

San Antonio's first Corvette is delivered to Smith Motor Sales.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

January 21 in San Antonio history...

Only in chasing criminals or in answering emergency calls will radio patrol cars be allowed to exceed a speed limit of 25 miles an hour in the future, according to an order issued today by Chief of Police Owen Kilday.

KONO-TV Channel 12 (later KSAT) begins regular programming with Eisenhower's second inauguration.

USAA dedicates new Federal Savings Bank under construction. Due to open Summer 1985.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January 20 in San Antonio history...

The first issue of the San Antonio Light rolls off the printing presses. It remains in circulation until 1993.

In the race between DeLloyd Thompson, in his biplane, and J.D. Moore, in his Buick, the aviator won by a short distance. The track was circled five times and the place reached a speed of 55 miles per hour.

An official of the St. Louis Browns said the Browns are prepared to shift their San Antonio baseball franchise to any city they desire if Tech Field cannot be procured. The Transit Co. bought the grounds for bus shops.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

January 19 in San Antonio history...

Chief Tobin of the fire department is testing a new respiration device for use by firemen in withstanding smoke.

Two of the drinking cups at the Alamo Plaza fountain, which are of a graniteware material, have been stolen. An elderly lady, upon hearing the news, exclaimed, "Is nothing sacred?"

The Stinson Aviation School will move to the city's sewer farm located on South Loop Road.

Monday, January 18, 2010

January 18 in San Antonio history...

The three days services for the dedication and formal opening of the new parish house at St. Mark's Episcopal Church will begin Sunday with services all day.

Local real estate men are planning to have a city ordinance adopted which will divide the city into definite business, industrial, wholesale and residential districts.

The Kallison Building, 400 Dwyer, will have two new federal occupants Monday.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

January 17 in San Antonio history...

A new cemetery, embracing 218 acres of land four miles from the center of the city, will be established. A charter has been applied for by the Roselawn Cemetery Assn.

Kelly Field, alma mater of 1,000 pilots on a score of fronts, has died as a training center for pilots and has been reborn as a unit of the Air Force Service Command.

An Army R6A helicopter landed at Brooks Field after a flight from Alexandria, LA in an experimental flight. The ship is one of a few used by the Air Force primarily for rescue work. (Photo courtesy of USAF Museum)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

January 16 in San Antonio history...

M. Mathiesen is the inventor of a new auto wheel, said to do away entirely with the use of pneumatic tires, the tires being of solid rubber and sufficiently resilient with springs.

In an atmosphere somewhat marked by levity, the City Council accepted the offer of the Transit Company to give the grandstands at Tech Field to the city. There were no strings attached to the offer.

San Antonio's newest television station, KONO-TV Channel 12, goes on the air for the first time with a test pattern. Regular broadcasting to begin on the 21st.

After 25 years of electing City Councilmen at large, San Antonians decided by the tiniest margin yesterday to change to an all-district system - the 10-1 plan. The vote was 31,930 to 29,857, at total of about 20 percent of registered voters.

Friday, January 15, 2010

January 15 in San Antonio history...

S. Marie Shelton and W. Walter Stowe are married in a tethered balloon over San Pedro Springs Park. After the ceremony, the couple made a balloon trip to Leon Springs. Passengers on the trip were Capt. H.E. Honeywell, W.A. Philpott, Miss Elva McDaniel and Benjamin Foulois "who operates the Wright aeroplane at Sam Houston."

A 5-mile race between DeLloyd Thompson in a Wright biplane and J.D. Moore, driving a Buick, will be the star attraction of an aviation meet at the fairgrounds Sunday.

Final plans were completed for a 300-room addition to the Gunter Hotel.

Elvis Presley makes his first San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium, playing a 3 pm matinee and an 8 pm show. He will return to San Antonio twice more in 1956.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

January 14 in San Antonio history...

Herman Kampmann is putting in a fine $4,000 hydraulic elevator at the Menger Hotel. It will be completed in a few days. The Menger is "getting there" very fast under his management.

"Hands off" will be a suggestion made to all couples using the matrimonial parlor to be established in the Beacon Hill Baptist Church. Even kissing by engaged couples will be banned on grounds it is too intimate.

Coach "Red" Forehand of Brackenridge High's state champion Eagles came to work today in a snappy new Ford with seat covers, heater and a full tank of gas. The auto was given to him by a host of grateful fans.

Councilman Henry Cisneros, 29, was officially sworn in as mayor pro tem yesterday and is the youngest in the city's history.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January 13 in San Antonio history...

The cornerstone of St. Mary's Catholic Church is laid.

Judge Buckley ruled that citizens have the right to walk along sidewalks without being molested by dogs and that when attacked, the owner of the dog must have him killed or pay a fine of $10.

Kelly Field officials planned six parachute jumps from the cabin of a Douglas aircraft at an altitude of 2,000 feet.

Prompt action by railroad employees was credited today with saving more than $1,000,000 in rolling stock as a two-alarm fire gutted the Katy roundhouse. Employees drove two locomotives and several rail cars from the sheet iron building after a steam generator exploded, hurling burning oil on the walls.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January 12 in San Antonio history...

The Cincinnati Reds baseball team indicated they would train in San Antonio.

A tunnel, suspected to have extended from the Alamo chapel to a well just north of the shrine was discovered today to be a blind alley. What workmen had thought were arches turned out to be only debris with no concealed passage.

A permit is issued for installation of escalator at Joske's - San Antonio's first.

San Antonio recieves a record snowfall of nearly 13 inches, the second of three snowfalls during that winter.

Monday, January 11, 2010

January 11 in San Antonio history...

Work of tearing down the old building where the Stowers Furniture Company's new building is to be erected was begun yesterday. The building will be ready for occupancy next June.

San Antonio women have taken exception to a local pastor's warning to young men that country girls are the only sure marriage bets. The women did agree, however, that a good wife is a modest and virtuous work of God.

A steady 40 per cent of San Antonians who apply for driver's licenses fail either the written examination or the driving test, the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed today.

San Antonio today mourned the death of one of its most prominent citizens. Edgar Tobin, who with 11 other persons was killed yesterday in a Louisiana plane crash while returning from a hunting trip.

An airman at a San Antonio air base has begun plans to make a week-long trip to the moon. A-1C Donald G. Farrell won't ever get off the ground, though, because his space flight will be conducted at the School of Aerospace Medicine at Randolph AFB.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

January 10 in San Antonio history...

Suffragette Helen Dodd called San Antonio women to special sidewalk speeches demanding the right to vote.

The Harry Hertzberg Circus room in the public library will be opened formally to the public on Tuesday (Jan. 12). The room represents the rarest collection of circusana in the country.

KEYL-TV (later KGBS and KENS), channel 5, goes on the air.

Pianist Van Cliburn performs with the San Antonio Symphony.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

January 9 in San Antonio history...

The Red Men will install officers tonight in their wigwam on Soledad, after which a feast of hot corn and venison will be served.

The romantic, passionate amours and thrilling adventures of the world's greatest lover, "Don Juan" are livingly brought to the screen by John Barrymore at the Aztec Theater. Vitaphone presentation are also offered. (This was the first "talkie" ever shown at the Aztec.)

With the mercury at 26 degrees, San Antonio tasted the coldest winter weather it had known in a year. Icy pavements and thickly coated windshields were making driving hazardous.

Friday, January 8, 2010

January 8 in San Antonio history...

Almost all streets in the city are now in good condition for bicycling and a large number of cyclists were out last night.

A shrine has finally been built in honor of San Antonio's patron saint - Anthony Padua, a humble man whose memory has lived 700 years. Called St. Anthony's, the small church is located west of an extension of Broadway.

Construction begins on San Antonio's first mall, North Star Mall, the fifth shopping mall in the nation.

The Sex Pistols play a concert at Randy's Rodeo and incite a riot.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

January 7 in San Antonio history...

The first passenger train to Floresville went out over the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.

Establishment near San Antonio of the "West Point of the Air Corps," a great flying school from which all flyers must graduate before winning their rating as army pilots, was practically assured today with the introduction of the James Bill in Congress. Site for the field is 15 miles east of the city.

Courses at Main Avenue High School will continue after Feb. 1, when many students will leave the school to go to the new Thomas Jefferson High. Main Avenue will accommodate up to 1,000 students then.

San Antonio lost to Barstow, California in its bid for the nation's first solar electric power plant, but is still a finalist for the larger "and more important" Solar Energy Research Institute, which also has a $100 million price tag.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January 6 in San Antonio history...

The purchase of an automobile delivery car by Washer Bros. marks another step in the elimination of the horsedrawn vehicle as a means of bundle delivery in San Antonio.

The ground was being cleared this morning for a new 60-bed hospital at Kelly Field. With employees moving at top speed, the new unit is expected to be completed within six weeks.

A new "magic-eye" door, the first of its kind in the state, was installed at the St. Anthony Hotel.

The 52-year-old Municipal Auditorium is gutted by fire. The cause of the blaze is attributed to a discarded cigarette.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 5 in San Antonio history...

Bexar County created by the Texas Congress.

The poll tax is an assured fact. But some of these days the true inwardness of that amendment will be seen and the men who were for it first, last and always, will wonder by what perversity of judgement they were led to advocate a measure so unnecessary and hurtful.

A pictorial life of Sam Houston and the struggle of early Texans will emit from Paramount studios some day soon, Cecil B. DeMille intimated in San Antonio today. He said Gary Cooper would be given the starring role.

The City Health Department launched an intensive anti-rabies campaign after figures showed Bexar County responsible for one-third of the Texas rabies problem.

Monday, January 4, 2010

January 4 in San Antonio history...

The large advertising board on the bank of the river in Bowen's Central Garden has fallen into the river and is obstructing the channel.

Carrie A. Nation arrived in the city yesterday and immediately made speeches against liquor and tobacco in three saloons. The police will allow her a free run but will not allow her to break any furniture as the saloon men have paid their taxes.

The St. Anthony Hotel opened for business. After its 1936 expansion, it will become one of the first hotels in the world to get central air conditioning.

The "Hobo Special" reached San Antonio this morning and police removed 32 tramps. This was the name given Southern Pacific freight train Extra No. 976 by the men in blue.

After a four-day delay due to icy conditions, the Alamo Bowl is played in Alamo Stadium: Hardin Simmons 20, Denver 0. Game only draws a crowd of 3,730 spectators. The temperature never gets above 26 degrees.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January 3 in San Antonio history...

Conditions at the Bexar County Home for the Aged, criticized by the November grand jury, will remain unchanged. J.W. Donnell, in charge of the home, said the jury's report was "all bunk and hooey."

Work on the Fredericksburg Road underpass on the Babcock Road to Fredericksburg section of Loop 13 is expected to be completed sometime in March, according to W. C. Raby, state highway engineer. Raby said approximately $500,000 worth of equipment is being used.

The Broadway Theater closes.

John Peterson was named vice president of football operations for San Antonio's World League of American Football franchise, which also announced its Riders nickname and brown and gold colors.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

January 2 in San Antonio history...

Bicyclists who are continually annoyed with biting or barking dogs may get even with their enemies, says a dog owner, if they will but throw a quantity of red pepper at the bow wow and ride on.

The Traction Company has placed vestibule cars on its lines to the Hot Wells. The new style cars were appreciated by the employees Wednesday evening, one of the year's most disagreeable nights.

Sale of new passenger cars and trucks was prohibited throughout the U.S. today under government orders mobilizing the entire auto industry for war production.

Rudy Happy Vargas was the first baby born in San Antonio this year.

Friday, January 1, 2010

January 1 in San Antonio history...

A rambunctious group of San Antonio merry-makers ushered in a happy New Year last night with free-swinging parties in hotel roof gardens and in all the local night spots.

The local Carnegie Library appealed to city residents to return long delinquent books.

The Randolph Field Ramblers play the University of Texas Longhorns to a 7-7 tie in the Cotton Bowl.