October 22 in San Antonio history…

1903
On account of the unsubstantiated rumors of yellow fever in the city, the highly anticipated football game due to take place today at the International Fair between the Varsity team from the State University in Austin and Baylor University has been postponed to Saturday and relocated to Austin.

1924
Members of the congregation and a large number of well-wishers witness the leveling of the cornerstone of the new Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church. Ceremonies attending the placing of the stone were conducted by the Community Lodge #1201, A.F. & A.M.

1973
The San Antonio Library initiates a new “after hours” reference service.  Persons who need answers to questions may call the Main Library any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.  When the library is closed, an answering service will take the question and refer it to the library reference department as soon as the library opens.  A librarian will find the answer and return the call.  (This telephone service no longer exists but you can submit questions via this webpage.)

October 21 in San Antonio history…

1867
George Wilkins Kendall, Mexican War correspondent, editor of theNew Orleans Picayune, sheep rancher and namesake of Kendall County, dies in Boerne.

1924
One of the participants in the women’s city golf tournament this morning, is Patricia Green, who is only six years old.  Although she gets no distance out of her drives, Pat is all there when getting the right stance – something the older golfers are still trying to get.

1936
San Antonio had another college added to its list with the acceptance of Westmoorland as a senior four-year college.  The occasion is celebrated with a formal convocation in the San Pedro Playhouse featuring the local pastors of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Laurel Heights Methodist Church, along with Dean E. N. Jones of Baylor University and the President of the University of Texas, H. Y. Benedict.

October 21 in San Antonio history…

1867
George Wilkins Kendall, Mexican War correspondent, editor of theNew Orleans Picayune, sheep rancher and namesake of Kendall County, dies in Boerne.

1924
One of the participants in the women’s city golf tournament this morning, is Patricia Green, who is only six years old.  Although she gets no distance out of her drives, Pat is all there when getting the right stance – something the older golfers are still trying to get.

1936
San Antonio had another college added to its list with the acceptance of Westmoorland as a senior four-year college.  The occasion is celebrated with a formal convocation in the San Pedro Playhouse featuring the local pastors of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Laurel Heights Methodist Church, along with Dean E. N. Jones of Baylor University and the President of the University of Texas, H. Y. Benedict.

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.

1900
William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody brings his Wild West Show to the Alamo city. His troupe features three bands, Indians of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Araphoe tribes, United States Sixth cavalrymen, Tenth United States Colored Cavalry troops (Heroes of San Juan) and cowboys – including  three from the San Antonio area, Johnny France and Joe & Tony Esquivel.  The show begins at 2 p. m. and 8 p.m. today near the I. & G. N. depot.

1924
Alexander Joske has supplemented his gift of a $50,000 armory for the Boy Scouts of San Antonio, adding a site, equipment for the building and a bathing pool.  The entire gift is valued from $75,000 to $100,000 and is made as a memorial to the late Harold Joske, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Joske.

October 19 in San Antonio history…

1937
Emma Tenayuca and Homer Bartchy, known as Homer Brooks, are married by a Justice of the Peace here in San Antonio.

1949
Bexar County’s brand new coliseum was “open for business” with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers – Barnum & Bailey Circus.

1980
Jay Robinson, in this 16th year on the force, becomes San Antonio’s first black police captain.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

1909
No less than 50,000 people packed Alamo Plaza today on the occasion of President Taft’s first public speech in this city. Other thousands lined the streets to get a glimpse of the distinguished visitor.

1932
At the instigation of Maury Maverick, the War Veteran’s Relief Camp is organized at Exposition Park where remnants of the Bonus Army are camping.  Maverick is designated the camp director and R. R. Rogers is Camp Commander.  The camp census lists forty-three adults and thirty-two children and is a place where veterans and transients can obtain a meal and a place to sleep.

2009
Early morning worshipers preparing for Mass at San Fernando Cathedral hear a man shouting obscenities in Main Plaza.  The agitated man runs through the plaza, picks up a rock and throws it at the head of the marble statue of St. Anthony de Padua (right), causing the head to detach from the body and fall to the ground.  The head is being kept inside the cathedral.  The agitated vandal is unknown.

October 17 in San Antonio history…

1946
It was announced that for the first time since 1921,  the new police headquarters will accommodate the housing of the entire police department under one roof.

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A storm system dumps a record daily rainfall of 11.26 inches on San Antonio, causing massive flooding in Olmos Basin and into Alamo Heights (right). It claimed 29 lives in seven counties, left more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes and caused about $1 billion in property damage.

2003
Ground is broken for San Antonio’s new Toyota production plant.

October 16 in San Antonio history…

1919
The Alamo will be re-roofed it was decided today at a meeting of the Alamo Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, but nothing was decided as to when the necessary funds would be raised.

1929
The City Central Bank today will join the ranks of the very few buildings in San Antonio which are equipped with new dial telephones.  By 1931, the entire city is expected to be using dial phones.  The bank will abruptly close on September 28, 1931 due to a run on assets and never reopen.

1977
San Antonio is plunged into darkness at 7:08 p.m. when the city suffers a blackout due to a succession of errors by City Public Service.  The diesel generators installed after the last city blackout in 1949 fail to kick in. The area affected is larger than Rhode Island.  Ironically, after New York City had suffered a blackout earlier in the year on July 14, CPS spokesman Ben Scholl said, “The chances of San Antonio having an earthquake are greater than the chance the city will have a blackout similar to the one in New York.”

October 15 in San Antonio history…

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I Love Lucy” premieres at 7:00 p.m. on WOAI-TV (right).

1955
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.

2001
Inspired by the University of Miami football team and a matching color scheme, Sam Houston High School students vote to replace their longstanding Cherokee mascot with the Hurricane.

October 14 in San Antonio history…

1916
The University of Texas defeats Oklahoma A&M, 14-6, in a game played at League Park here in San Antonio.

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Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans.  It was the third appearance for Elvis in San Antonio in 1956. (photo from the Institute of Texan Cultures San Antonio Light Collection.)

1990
As part of a $183,000 project to provide 140 air conditioning window units to for the school district, the Edgewood High School becomes the last Bexar County school district to be fully air conditioned.