September 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Work on the construction of a garbage incinerator for San Antonio which will consume a total of more than 100 tons of refuse during each 24-hour period, will start as soon as final arrangements can be made. Unless unforeseen difficulties should interfere, Mayor Bell and Commissioner Lambert hope to have the new system in operation by January 1, 1918.
The site for the new incinerator already has been selected. It is located just east of the Salado Creek and south of the Seguin Road.

The San Antonio Commissioners pass an ordinance “prohibiting any person, firm or corporation, excepting regularly licensed druggists and practicing, licensed physicians, to have in his or their possession, or to smoke, or in any manner use marihuana, Indian hemp, loco weed or Cannibis Indica.  Anyone found with any of the above named substances, in any form, except those indicated, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $10 dollars and not more than $200 dollars.”

T.Texas Tyler, hillbilly singer who found fame with his 1948 hit “Deck of Cards,” was singing the San Antonio blues from the city jail, charged with possession of marijuana.  Tyler, 41, Nashville, whose real name is David Luke Myrick, was arrested in the White Plaza Hotel by Lt. Charles Doerr and other narcotics officers.  Doerr said that 45 marijuana cigarettes were found in his suitcase.  T. Texas was nabbed shortly before he was to have appeared at the Municipal Auditorium tonight with the Grand Old Opry show. He didn’t make the night appearance as result of his arrest but had made the Sunday matinee.


September 21 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The arrival of a special train bearing 300 recruits for the national army from Oklahoma enlivened the routine of Camp Travis this morning and for a while presented a problem to the army officers in charge. Somewhere en route the Oklahomans had obtained a plentiful supply of liquor and had staged a celebration as a farewell to civil life. The celebration had included a number of old-time rough and tumble alley fights, in which various members of the party had suffered lacerated scalps, sprained hands, blackened eyes and bloody noses. Some of the recruits had to be put to bed to “sleep it off” while at least four had to be sent to the hospital for first aid treatment.

San Antonio is one of several cities under consideration to receive funding for the construction of a solar powered electrical generating plant, City Public Service officials have announced.

Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.

September 20 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
No definite instructions have been issued by the War Department with reference to a third training camp at Leon Springs, according to an announcement this morning by Col. E. J. Fleming, reserve corps officer, Southern Department headquarters.

Alamo Stadium is completed and dedicated.

The legendary B. B. King performs at Sunken Garden Theater.

September 19 in San Antonio history…

The first issue of the San Antonio Daily Times is printed.

Inoculation with Salk polio vaccine of about 30,000 Lackland AFB military and civilian personnel began today following the incidence of five paralytic cases at the base.

San Antonio’s City Council passes a no-smoking ordinance for city concert halls banning cigar, cigarette and pipe smoking and the lighting of matches except in restrooms.  Smoking is already prohibited at Municipal Auditorium since it is considered a theater.  Promoter Jack Orbin of Stone City Productions called the council’s actions “clearly unconstitutional” and said he is pursuing legal remedies.

September 18 in San Antonio history…

The first city election takes place (19 votes cast for Mayor: 15 for John W. Smith, 2 for Antonio Navarro, 1 for Francisco Ruiz and 1 for J. Croco).

World War I – 1917
Instead of Camp Funston, the officers will train at the newly named Camp Stanley, named for Gen. David Stanley, former commander of Ft. Sam Houston.

A new, $225,000 Central Christian church building, will be built at Main avenue and Camden street as soon as materials and labor are available, Harold Herndon, chairman of the new building plans committee announced. O. W. Hardy, president of the congregation, announced that original building plans drawn by the architect, Henry Steinbomer, for a $140,000 structure would be enlarged because or additional donations.

September 17 in San Antonio history…

The Los Angeles Rams play an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Alamo Stadium. The Eagles win (right).

Convention Center Arena features a concert with Quiet Riot, Axe and the first San Antonio appearance of Seattle’s Queensrÿche.

Hurricane Gilbert spawns a total of 47 tornadoes in South Central Texas (and at least 13 in Bexar County), causing three fatalities in San Antonio. Local damage was estimated at $35 million with damage to vehicles, homes, apartments and businesses

September 16 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

1917 – World War I
The War Department wants a name other than Camp Funston for the reserve officers’ training camp at Leon Springs and has asked Southern Department headquarters to make a selection. In turn headquarters has decided to let the peopie of San Antonio  and other places throughout this section make suggestions. The name “Camp Funston” is carried by a military camp in Kansas, and the same name being applied to the camp hare, has resulted in confusion. As a result the department decided to change the name of the camp here letting the Kansas camp retain the name in view of the fact that Kansas was the native state of the late General Funston.

The Shops at La Cantera, a new mall located on 1604 West near Interstate 10, opens today.

September 15 in San Antonio history…

The first of two great hurricanes to hit the Texas port city of  Indianola come ashore.  When the damage is done, only eight buildings are left undamaged and fatalities are estimated at 150 to 300 dead.

Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47 (right).
(Photo by Bob Weston)

At the San Antonio Zoo, a gorilla named Mopie attacks zookeeper Rick Estrada, nearly biting off his leg.

September 14 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Army aviators at Kelly Field will pay unique tribute to Lieutenant Floyd House of Lake Charles, La., who died last night as the result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident on the Frio City Road at 8 o’clock. Either as the funeral is held from the base hospital or as the train bearing the body  leaves the depot twenty aeroplanes will pass over in parade formation and the aviators will drop floral tributes.

San Antonians were looking forward to midnight to sample their first legal beer in 15 years.

A “hammer-like” gust of wind topples a wall of the partially-demolished Household Furniture Building at St. Mary’s and Commerce Streets, injuring six people, scattering debris over Commerce Street and shattering the doors of the Alamo Bank Building nearby.

September 13 in San Antonio history…

Eighty irate San Antonio retail grocers today were on record as condemning the OPA and approving the closing of every butcher shop in Texas until meat in abundance is obtainable.

Hemisfair Arena hosts a concert with Tommy James and the Shondells, Houston-based The Clique, and local favorites The Yellow Payges.

Pope John Paul II visits San Antonio and gives a Mass for an estimated 350,000 people in Westover Hills on the site of what is today Stevens High School.  He also visits Plaza Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, San Fernando Cathedral and Municipal Auditorium. (photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News)