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 27 in San Antonio history…

Sears, Roebuck & Co. moves from the Transit Tower location to their new downtown headquarters at Romana Plaza. In 1995, this location would become the San Antonio Central Library.

A citizen’s committee today decided to recommend to Commissioner’s Court Nov. 10 a new jail to be built at a cost of $47 million to alleviate the county jail population problems.Preferably, the committee said, it would be best to construct a new jail on the parking lot along South Main Avenue across from the Bexar County Courthouse on county-owned land.  The jail should be built on the south end, near Nueva Street, so it would not overlook San Fernando Cathedral.

E.O. Goldbeck, famous San Antonio photographer known as “the unofficial photographer of America’s military” (right) for his panoramic photos, passes away at the age of 92.

October 26 in San Antonio history…

Over protests of one commissioner who wanted the new coliseum to be named for a deceased war hero, it was named in honor of Joe Freeman today.  The official name is Joe Freeman Bexar County Coliseum.

Singer/songwriter James Taylor performs in San Antonio for the first time – at Municipal Auditorium – in support of his latest album, “Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.”

Bob Dylan performs at Sunken Garden Theater with Creed Taylor and the Travelers.

October 25 in San Antonio history…

The River Beautification Project, with Robert Hugman as architect, breaks ground.  This project creates the San Antonio Riverwalk as we know it today.

Astronaut Jim Lovell signs copies of his new book Lost Moon at the Marriott Rivercenter at the third annual Book & Author Luncheon, sponsored by the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation and the San Antonio Express-News.   Director Ron Howard is already hard at work on a “major motion picture” with Tom Hanks firmly cast in Lovell’s role.

The Regal Fiesta 16 theater at DeZavala & IH-10 holds its grand opening, despite having only 10 completed screens.

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.