New and improved website coming July 19!

New Website

A new fresh, more user-friendly and responsive is coming soon.  Key features on the new website include quicker and easier access to key services and resources including the digital library, ‘ask a librarian’, and the events calendar. The new site will also be responsive, and is designed for all your devices. Be sure to visit us on July 19 to check out our new look!

October 24 in San Antonio history…

Bexar County commissioners soon may be joyriding in an automobile. A. E. Staacke Automobile Co. has been awarded a contract to supply the county with a 1910 model seven-passenger, 40-horsepower Knox touring car for $3,350.

There are exactly 202 names on the official ballot to be used in the November 7 general election in Bexar County.  The ballot is more than a yard in length and considerable time will be required in counting.  Joe S. Newton, clerk to the county commissioners, said no orders yet had been given for printing the ballot but that it will be done later this week or early next week.  This is to be done, he said, to allow from withdrawals from the ticket.

The epic John Wayne movie The Alamo has its world premiere at the Woodlawn Theater on Fredricksburg Road in San Antonio.

October 23 in San Antonio history…

City officials, khaki-clad buddies and mantilla-covered neighbors thronged into the City Council chamber to commemmorate “Cleto Rodriguez Day” in San Antonio. The youth, a former newsboy, who returned from the war a Medal of Honor winner, was visibly nervous.

Muhammad Ali arrives in San Antonio today to prepare for his exhibitions against Sonny Moore, Ronnie Wright and Terry Daniels tomorrow in Municipal Auditorium.  Each bout will be for three rounds and they will be sandwiched between two preliminaries and a pair of 10-round scraps.

Vanna White (right), star of CBS game show “Wheel of Fortune,” signs autographs at the H-E-B supermarket at 1533 Austin Highway.

October 22 in San Antonio history…

President Taft comes to San Antonio to dedicate the chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

The name of  the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad is changed to the Texas & New Orleans, a division of Southern Pacific.

L. Truett Pratt is born in San Antonio.  The Jefferson High School alumnus will find fame when he and Jerry McClain are chosen to sing the new theme song to the hit TV show “Happy Days.”  The tune gets to #5 on the Billboard charts in 1976.

October 21 in San Antonio history…

George Wilkins Kendall, Mexican War correspondent, editor of the New Orleans Picayune, sheep rancher and namesake of Kendall County, dies in Boerne.

It is today decided to build the Southwestern Lunatic Asylum in Bexar County.  (It would open as the Southwestern Insane Asylum in 1892 and is now known as the San Antonio State Hospital.)

The Temptations and Supremes perform at Municipal Auditorium.

October 20 in San Antonio history…

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The first automobile in San Antonio, an electric, arrived at Staacke Brothers today. However, the batteries did not arrive with the car so the first drive will have to wait.

The Top Ten Review of 1956 comes to the Municipal Auditorium.  The concert features: Little Richard, Bill Doggett, Big Joe Turner, The Moonglows, The Five Keys, Faye Adams, Etta James, The Five Satins, The Robins, Tommy Brown, Johnny Torres and Big Jay McNeely & His Band.

Chicago-based rock band Styx brings their ill-conceived “Kilroy Was Here” tour to Convention Center Arena. It is the penultimate stop on the tour.

October 19 in San Antonio history…

Lucky Strike model and Sweetheart of the Texas Centennial, Janice Jarratt (right), is born in San Antonio.

Baylor University defeats Villanova, 7-0, in a game played at Alamo Stadium.  Milt Merka scored the decisive touchdown midway through the final period.

Bexar County’s brand new coliseum was “open for business” with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers – Barnum & Bailey Circus.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

No less than 50,000 people packed Alamo Plaza today on the occasion of President Taft’s first public speech in this city. Thousands more lined the streets to get a glimpse of our distinguished visitor.

A large vaudeville company, including the Marx Brothers, plays the Majestic Theater.

Charles A. Windus, 76 years of age, dies in the hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Mr. Windus had had an unusually varied military career. He fought in the Union Army at Petersburg, deserted the cavalry in 1868 and served a year of hard labor for it, and later won the Medal of Honor fighting the Kiowa at the Battle of the Little Wichita in 1870. In 1877 he acquired another dubious distinction while serving as deputy sheriff in Brackettville: while arresting four fugitives he shot and killed a Black Seminole named Adam Payne, one of several “Buffalo Soldiers” who had won the Medal of Honor serving as scouts for the U.S. Army. Thus, Windus became the only Medal of Honor recipient who ever killed another.


October 17 in San Antonio history…

President William Howard Taft arrives in San Antonio to dedicate and lay the cornerstone for the new chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

October 16 in San Antonio history…

The Gunter Hotel is purchased from the San Antonio Hotel Company for $1,400,000 by the Baker Hotel Company.

Sgt. Cleto Rodriguez, San Antonio’s sixth winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, is soon to become a bridegroom and grateful Latin-American citizenry are planning to “start him off right” for his feat of killing 62 Japanese in Manila. The former San Antonio newsboy, honored at a banquet last night at the Gunter hotel, stands to get “a house, a car and all the trimmin’s” if representatives of Latin American organizations can raise approximately $15,000.

Santikos opens the new Mayan 14-screen theater, replacing the Century Plaza 8 complex, built in 1968 as the Century South, San Antonio’s first multiplex.

October 15 in San Antonio history…

Local television station WOAI Channel 4 begins broadcasting in color from its studios today.  WOAI is the sixteenth station in the world to be equipped to telecast live local color programs.  The station has invested $500,000 in new equipment and construction to facilitate color broadcasting.  The WOAI-TV color system is compatible with black and white so that all viewers without color televisions will be able to view the broadcasts in monochrome.

Contractor Joe Joeris of San Antonio was the low bidder on the contract for Highlands High School with a bid of $2,159,600.  The school will be built to hold 2,400 students and is scheduled to be ready by the fall of 1958.

The Eagles bring their “History of the Eagles” tour to the SBC Center.  Sadly, it will be the last appearance in San Antonio for the band.  Founding member Glenn Frey passed away on January 18, 2016.