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.

The San Antonio Light reveals that yesterday, Justice of the Peace M. D. “Buck” Jones performed a proxy wedding between Edward J. Clancy, 20, now in Japan, and June Etta Eskridge, 18.  Her father stood in for the groom. It was the first time in Bexar County that a waiver has been given by the county judge to allow a minor to be married by proxy.

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…

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San Antonio’s first drive-in theater opens at 3602 Fredericksburg Road (right).

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.

A tunnel under Interstate 10 from the new downtown Fiesta Plaza mall to Market Square is proposed by the developers of Fiesta Plaza – Omni/Vanir Joint Venture.  The main obstacle is funding.  The cost is estimated at $1000 per foot.

October 22 in San Antonio history…

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

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 service no longer exists.)

Senator Ted Kennedy comes to San Antonio to formally dedicate John F. Kennedy High School, which was completed in 1963.

October 21 in San Antonio history…

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.)

Since the street car men set the ball rolling, strikes have become quite fashionable in San Antonio. Track laborers have gone on strike for $1.25 a day, a raise of ten cents for ten hours of work.

The University of Texas football team, coached by Clyde Littlefield, takes on favored Centenary University at Eagle Field here in San Antonio. They play to a scoreless tie.

October 20 in San Antonio history…

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

The Menger Hotel hosts the grand opening of their new addition featuring 125 “ultra-modern, fully air-conditioned apartments, suites and guest rooms.”

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…

Baylor University defeats Villanova, 7-0, in a game played at Alamo Stadium.  Milt Merka scores 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.

The first six K-mart stores in San Antonio, located in buildings formerly occupied by Globe stores, open on the same day.  H. E. Wilcox, western regional vice-president, says, “It’s highly unusual for a chain to open six stores in one day, as we did…  Chicago opened five K-mart stores in one day and that’s as close as we’ve come.”

October 18 in San Antonio history…

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.

Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play a concert at Hemisfair Arena

The first six K-mart stores in San Antonio, located in buildings formerly occupied by Globe stores, open on the same day.  H. E. Wilcox, western regional vice-president, says, “It’s highly unusual for a chain to open six stores in one day, as we did…  Chicago opened five K-mart stores in one day and that’s as close as we’ve come.”


October 17 in San Antonio history…

President William Howard Taft arrives in San Antonio at 7:10 p.m. on the presidential train to lay the cornerstone for and to dedicate the new chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

A U.S. Army balloon, C-2, is caught by a crosswind and blown into its hangar at Brooks Field.  The escaping hydrogen ignites, destroying the aircraft.

Bulldozers destroy George’s Service Station in the 500 block of Buena Vista street where it had stood since the 1930’s.  Manny Ballard, executive with Omni/Vanir, said, “It had been my personal wish from the beginning to save the little building and restore it.”  He gave the order to demolish the building, however, as it was viewed as incompatible with the Fiesta Plaza development.

October 16 in San Antonio history…

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.

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.”

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…

The Hertzberg Clock is removed from 329 Commerce Street and moved to its new home on Houston Street. The clock works are removed and the old clock is transported through the streets by wagon. One bystander says, “Well, I guess I will have to buy me a watch now. As long as that clock was in place, I didn’t need one. It was watch enough for the whole neighborhood.”

The Alamo Museum, built with Texas Centennial funds, is dedicated. Ceremonies are held in the new State Park surrounding the Alamo chapel.

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