Congratulations to the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library for receiving a proclamation from Mayor Castro and City Council commemorating the group’s 50th Anniversary. Members of the organization and its president, Linda Arronge, were on hand at the March 6 city council meeting to be recognized.
We cannot thank these volunteers enough for all the hard work and love and support that they demonstrate for the Library and its mission.
Work will start within a week on the traffic control project at Romana Plaza, the most congested area in the city, Virden A. Rittgers, city traffic engineer, said.
San Antonio’s second oldest radio station, KTSA, is sold to Gordon McLendon and the McLendon Investment Corp. by O. R. Mitchell , president of O. R. Mitchell Motors, for $306,000 pending approval by the FCC.
Thurgood Marshall, NAACP’s chief counsel in the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case, speaks at Second Baptist Church.
Harte-Hanks Communications buys the Express-News and KENS-TV.
Parachutes saved the lives of Kelly flyers, Lt. C. D. McAllister and Cadet Charles A. Lindbergh, today when their planes collided in mid-air. This is said to be the first time that two pilots have saved themselves by use of parachutes after a mid-air collision.
Tracy Lawrence entertains at the grand opening of Far West Rodeo.
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña is founded.
Gutzon Borglum, internationally-known sculptor who lived in San Antonio from 1923 to 1938, died today in a hospital in Chicago. Borglum, who gained prominence for his work on Stone Mountain in Georgia, worked 15 years in his studio in Brackenridge Park. When he left, he gave the studio to the Witte Museum and it is now used by the San Antonio Art League. (Borglum’s obituary in the San Antonio Express makes no mention of his work on Mount Rushmore.)
The Bexar County Commissioners Court passed a resolution designating the Camp Bullis-West Avenue portion of the proposed Bullis-Fort Sam Houston military road as Harry Wurzbach Highway. Naming of the proposed road was in honor of the late congressman from this district who died on Nov. 6, 1931.
The building at the “Jack Harris Corner” containing Sim Hart’s tobacco shop, the Vaudeville Theater and the Elite Restaurant is destroyed by fire.
Drunkometer evidence will be admitted in driving-while-drunk trials before Judge W. W. McCrory in Criminal District Court provided it is proved to be a scientific machine, the judge told the newly-impanelled March grand jury. Judge McCrory said that evidence from the machine would be admitted when a “scientifically-educated” man reports that the defendant was found to be drunk by a “scientific machine.” A blood test would do the same thing as a Drunkometer, however, the judge commented. (The Drunkometer is now known as a Breathalyzer, the brand name of a similar device created in 1954.)
George Bush, president of the Zapata Offshore Oil Co. and active Texas Republican figure, will meet Bexar County Republicans at 7:3o p.m. tonight. The occasion will be a beer and-tamale supper at La Villita’s Juarez Plaza. Bush is seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate. Purpose of the meeting is to announce the campaign group which will aid Bush in his campaign.
St. Mary’s student, William Read Randolph, is killed and a companion critically injured when his plane hits a guy wire about 30 feet above the ground and crashes near Boerne. Randolph is the son of the late Capt. William M. Randolph, for whom Randolph Field was named. The elder Randolph was also killed in a plane crash in 1928.
The old Prince Theater at 125 W. Houston St. is closed and torn down. It originally opened as the Strand Theater in 1917.
St. Mary’s Institute opens at its new location on College Street along the east bank of the San Antonio River.
The San Antonio Fire Department began San Antonio EMS to improve survival rates of people rushed to hospitals.
Ingram Park Mall opens to the public.
Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.
James Brown and his Famous Flames play a concert at The Barn on San Antonio’s east side. In 1978, he returns to play a concert on the same date at Turtle Creek Country Club.
Foley’s in Ingram Park Mall holds its grand opening.