November 15 in San Antonio history…

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Gene Meador Packard moves into their new building at Main and Poplar streets.  The building is still there but Packard has been gone since 1958.

1946
Two hundred South San Antonio High School students clashed with city firemen and police last night at the school campus when officals tried to put out a bonfire students had ignited for a homecoming game.

1964
The Express-News has acquired a new FCC-approved radio system to allow their reporters to communicate stories on-scene back to the news office.  “The Handie-Talkie is strapped to his belt and weighs no more than a photographer’s strobe light battery,” the article gushed.  “No other San Antonio newspaper, radio or TV station has a portable system like it.”

November 14 in San Antonio history…

1923
Harry Houdini escapes from a locked crate on the stage of (old) Majestic Theater. (right)

1964
The Brackenridge Park skyride was opened to the public.

1987
Wonderland Mall reopens as Crossroads Mall.

November 13 in San Antonio history…

1914
In one of the most sensational crimes in San Antonio history, Otto Koehler (right), the president and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association (now known as the Pearl Brewery), was murdered by his mistress, Emma Burgemeister.

1917
Cadet Sidney J. Brooks crashes on a landing approach to Kelly Field No. 2.  He is the first San Antonian to lose his life during World War I.  Brooks had nearly completed his final pilot training flight when he apparently lost consciousness and crashed. An investigation revealed he might have had a bad reaction to a flu shot. Brooks Field, later Brooks Air Force Base, is named for him.

1963
A massive explosion at Medina Air Base shatters windows throughout San Antonio and is felt as far as Castroville, 17 miles away.

November 12 in San Antonio history…

1872
The Vance House is opened as a hotel.  It was the military headquarters before, and some years after, the Civil War.  Its location is now the Gunter Hotel.

1915
The Stinson School of Flying, the first flight school operated by a woman, is opened by Emma Beaver Stinson.  Its heritage lives on in the current airport code for Stinson Airport, SSF.

1942
The Harry Hertzberg Circus Room is formally opened at the San Antonio Public Library.

November 11 in San Antonio history…

1905
Historical objects owned by the Daughters of the Texas Republic have been removed from the Alamo. The objects will not be returned until the shrine is returned to the custody of the organization.

1909 
Nucleus of a fund for erection of a monument to the heroes of the Alamo was started today by J.E. Webb when he donated $500 in the name of his son, J. E. Webb Jr., at a meeting at the fair.

1940
The Alamo Cenotaph is dedicated with festivities and an Armistice Day parade.

November 10 in San Antonio history…

1859
The San Antonio Daily Ledger and Texan newspaper is first published.

1935
The governor has indicated his approval of a bill in the legislature which will allow condemnation of property around the Alamo.  Those backing the bill seek to restore historic landmarks.

1968
KBUC Grand “New” Opry plays Municipal Auditorium, featuring newer country artists Charley Pride, Conway Twitty & the Lonely Blue Boys, Leroy Van Dyke and the Auctioneers, Stonewall Jackson & His Minutemen and Jeanie C. Riley

November 9 in San Antonio history…

1856
A large train of United States camels pass down Commerce Street on their way to Camp Verde.

1918
Private David B. Barkley, who enlisted in San Antonio, drowns while crossing the Meuse River on a scouting mission behind German lines near Pouilly-sur-Meuse, France.  He is later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and he is the second person to lie in state in the Alamo.  The son of Josef Barkley and Antonia Cantu of Laredo, he is the first Mexican-American Medal of Honor winner.

1948
The Centeno family opens their first supermarket at 1802 W. Commerce St.

November 8 in San Antonio history….

1966
Texas finally votes to abolish the poll tax for state and local elections. The poll tax had been abolished for federal elections in 1964.

1979
German rock group Scorpions make their first appearance in San Antonio, as the opening act for Sammy Hagar and Pat Travers at Convention Center Arena.

1983
Don Novello, better known to fans of Saturday Night Live as Father Guido Sarducci, performs at San Antonio Comedy Club.

November 7 in San Antonio history…

1963
James Stewart and Sandra Dee come to San Antonio for an appearance at the Majestic Theater to promote their new film “Take Her, She’s Mine.” (photo courtesy of the UTSA Special Collections Zintgraff Collection)

1968
The Texas Election Bureau reports that although Richard Nixon won the Presidential election, Texas’s 25 electoral votes went to Hubert Humphrey.  It was the first time in nearly 40 years that the votes did not go to the President-elect.

1969
Demolition of the old Maverick-Clarke building at Navarro and Travis streets is underway.  It will become a parking garage for the new First National Bank Building.

November 6 in San Antonio history…

1888
The election returns will be displayed by a magic lantern arrangement on a canvas in front of Hugo & Schmeltzer’s on Alamo Plaza.

1915
The old city hospital was being torn down to make room for the Robert B. Green Hospital.

1957
William Holman, 32, takes over today as librarian of the San Antonio Public Library.