San Antonio Public Library BookCellar Holds Holiday Blowout Sale

Visit the BookCellar at Central Library between Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, December 13 to take advantage of their 50% off holiday blow out sale (excludes easy reader, BookCellar tote bags, and vintage books in the locked cabinet.)

The BookCellar is located in the basement of the Central Library and is operated by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library.  Book sales are the main source of income for the Friends, and the profits are donated to support San Antonio Public Library activities and materials. The selection at the BookCellar includes fiction, non-fiction, reference books, CDs, videos, audio tapes and Spanish and foreign language books. During the sale, find books and other items as low as .10 cents.

For more information on the holiday blowout sale, email or call 210-227-9519.

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer

November 26 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
One week after leaving Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, five members of the American Aeroplane Squadron completed the last leg of their 450-mile trip and landed at Ft. Sam Houston between 9 and 10 a.m. this morning.  The sixth machine, piloted by Lieut. C. G. Chapman, did not reach the field until 10:10 o’clock. After leaving Austin, Lieutenant Chapman discovered that mechanics who had filled his gasoline tank had forgotten to replace the top and he was forced to return. This caused his delay in reaching San Antonio.

The city health officer today urged that San Antonians desist from kissing until the current epidemic of colds go away. He admitted his proposal is impractical.

The first pedestrian crossing lanes in San Antonio have been painted at the intersection of Alamo and Houston streets.

More than six inches of rain falls in twelve hours in San Antonio, causing major flooding.  Water reached the fifty-foot level at Olmos Dam, only ten feet from the top.  Six people are killed and property damage is estimated at $8 million. ($88 million in 2010 dollars.)


November 25 in San Antonio history…

World War I -1915
Heinie Schultz, a private in the German army, reached New York today from Rotterdam—a deserter and a stowaway aboard the Dutch steamer Noorderdyk. He wore a uniform which bore the earth stains of the trenches of war, said he had grown weary of war and asked the customs men to let him enter the United States so that he would have to fight no more.

San Antonio Transit Co. workmen began to clear Tech field in preparation for the company’s construction of a new maintenance shop and garage facilities. This ends all hopes of the San Antonio Missions using the area as a playing field in 1947.

Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson cited 2,100 Jefferson High School students as “trustees of freedom” in a San Antonio speech keyed to Thanksgiving. He said he was thankful for the youth of the land.

The City Council gave brief consideration to a resolution that would urge merchants to stay closed on Sundays.  The resolution died when Mayor McAllister failed to ask for a seconding. Jack Martin, president of the San Antonio Building Trades Council, predicted San Antonio’s economy “will fall” if it is based on a seven-day week. “There is something wrong with the moral fiber of this community if we must work seven days a week,” he said.

November 24 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
A large reception committee, composed of nearly the entire garrison of troops plus many civilians from town, assembled on the maneuver field northeast of Fort Sam Houston this morning to welcome the American aeroplane squadron, under command of lieutenant B. D. Foulois, who were expected to arrive from Austin between 11 o’clock and noon.   Bands played to entertain the crowd but Maj. Walter L. Clarke, chief signal officer of the department, received word from Captain Foulois at Austin that a start would not be made until noon because of the high wind. This information caused the troops to return to the post and the citizens to town.  The flight attempt was eventually postponed.

Nineteen-year-old Isaac Stern, violinist, will be heard in recital today at San Pedro Playhouse under the auspices of the Tuesday Musical Club.

William R. Sinkin, president of the HemisFair since January 1962, announced his resignation today.

Chris Marrou retires after 36 years as anchor of KENS Channel 5.

November 23 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The Officers’ casualty list for the fortnight ending October 25 shows that the British army in all theaters of the war lost 474 officers killed, 837 wounded and 147 missing, a total of 1,468, which brings the casualties since the beginning of the to 19,668.

Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records eight songs during the first of three recording sessions in San Antonio. The songs include “Sweet Home Chicago”, “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Terraplane Blues.”

The freshman football teams of the University of Texas and A&M College of Texas play in front of 3,749 fans at Alamo Stadium.  The Shorthorns prevail over the Little Aggies, 21-7.

An x-ray machine has been placed at Wheatley courts and free x-rays will be offered to tenants of the courts and residents of the surrounding area for two weeks in order to detect active cases of tuberculosis.  A similar program was recently offered at Lincoln courts.


November 22 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The sinking of a Turkish transport which was carrying 500 soldiers across the Sea of Marmora is reported in a message from Zurich forwarded from Amsterdam. The message says the transport struck a mine and nearly all on board were drowned.

The city passes the first ordinance against carrying concealed deadly weapons.

With a grand ceremony including fireworks, high school bands and 300 guests of honor, Joske’s dedicates their newly renovated and expanded “Big Store” (right) at the corner of Commerce and Alamo streets.

Bill Elliott, better known by his screen name – “Wild Bill Hickok” – will make an appearance at the Empire Theater today and tomorrow to promote his latest Western melodrama, “Prairie Schooners.”


November 21 in San Antonio history…

World War I -1915
In the one week the Stinson School of Aviation has been in progress at the Fort Sam Houston maneuver field, five students have more than half-completed their courses In aeronautics and aeroplane manipulation. The students were sent to San Antonio from Dayton, Ohio through the Wright Aviation School there and have been instructed by Miss Marjorie Stinson, a graduate of the Wright school and an experienced aviator.

Scheduled dedication ceremonies for the new John F. Kennedy High School have been postponed by the Edgewood School District.
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy visited San Antonio where he dedicated the Aerospace Medical Health Center at Brooks Air Force Base. He promised to return and dedicate the school at a later date. (He would be assassinated in Dallas the following day.)

The San Antonio Light reports that television personality Joe Alston has been retained by the Bexar County Medical Society is consultant for public relations. Alston, a former Army officer, is a Dallas native and a graduate of Rice University. Alston is known to many local youngsters as “Captain Gus.” His background in promotion and public relations dates back to 1955.

Athens, Georgia-based band, R.E.M., films the video for their song “Everybody Hurts” on the unopened lower level of the $270 million “Downtown Y” highway expansion project, near I-10 and Woodlawn (right).

November 20 in San Antonio history…

World War I -1915
England’s Lord Kitchener gives an ultimatum to King Constantine and Premier Skouloudis that they declare war on the Central Powers of Austria-Hungary, Germany and their allies or risk having their military demobilized.

An old rock quarry, east of San Jacinto Park and near Brackenridge Park was approved by Mayor C. K. Quin as the site of the proposed athletic stadium for the public school system.

Television star, Ed Sullivan, was to arrive to be Master of Ceremonies at a variety show at Municipal Auditorium.

San Antonio can boast of another home town boy who made good in the Rock ‘n’ Roll business.  Peter James, 22, who attended Brackenridge High School, and was known to his classmates as Pete Thermis, has released a hit record.  During his free time, James helps his dad with the family restaurant business.

November 19 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio may have a professional football season of six weeks starting Dec. 15.  Officials of the Buffalo, N.Y. Bisons are reportedly in contact with the owners of League Park in efforts to use the space as a field.

J. Frank Dobie, author and historian, delivered a scathing criticism of Pompeo Coppini’s Alamo cenotaph and commented: “There is one good thing about the monument. Nobody can see it from the door going into the Alamo.”

Joske’s debuts their Christmas “Fantasy Land” on the fourth floor of their main store downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Institute of Texan Cultures.)

November 18 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
Winston Spencer Churchill, former first lord of the admiralty in the uniform of his regiment, left tor the front this morning. His wife bade him farewell at the railroad station where he was recognized as he waited to enter a special car.

A contract for $1,025.74 was made to purchase blinds for the Central Library from the Western Venetian Blind company by city commissioners today.

The San Antonio Light reports that open house for the dedication by President Kennedy of the new Air Force School of Aerospace medical buildings at Brooks Air Force Base will start at 11 a.m. Thursday. A variety of space age displays will be on view, including a display of the X15 research rocket plane and the X20 Dyna-Soar manned space craft.

Bob Hope visits San Antonio to dedicate a new elementary school in Southwest San Antonio named in his honor. “I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for grammar school—I spent ten of the best years of my life there,” Hope joked before the large audience gathered outside the school at 3022 Reforma Dr.


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