January 20 in San Antonio history…

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The first issue of the San Antonio Light rolls off the printing presses. It remains in circulation until January 28, 1993.

Plans for the erection of a monument to the memory of Ben Milam will be made at a meeting of the Texas Historical and Landmarks Association and the Ben Milam Memorial Fund Committee.  Miss Katherine Hart will be chairman.

H. K. Williams Elementary School in the Edgewood district is holding its open house today.  The school is located at 3014 Rivas Street.  Mr. Williams, namesake of the new school, served as superintendent of the Edgewood school from 1930 to 1948.

January 19 in San Antonio history…

The new H. L. Green store (right), built on the site of the old Grand Opera House at Crockett and Alamo Streets, holds its grand opening.  Artifacts from the Grand Opera House were given to the Witte Museum.

Patrick J. Moree and Paula D. Bridges become the first couple to marry in a San Antonio river barge.

Canadian rock trio Rush brings their “Power Windows Tour” to the San Antonio Convention Center Arena.  The Steve Morse Band opens.

January 18 in San Antonio history…

Dr. Louis Albert Banks, a noted Methodist preacher from Oregon, speaks at Travis Park Methodist and Calvert Baptist churches under the direction of the Anti-Saloon League of Texas. The title of his speech is “Worldwide Prohibition and America Leads the Way.”

The Kampmann property at Fourth Street and Avenue E has been deeded to the Scottish Rite Masons of San Antonio for $65,000.

The votes have been counted in yesterday’s election and San Antonio voters have rejected, by a four-to-one margin,  a 129-acre “supermall” to be located over the Edwards Aquifer at Loop 1604. Owners of the shopping mall site said they will file suit Monday contesting the legality of the election.

January 17 in San Antonio history…

Oysters are served at the annual alumni meeting of St. Mary’s College, thus beginning the tradition of Oyster Bake.

1920 – Prohibition begins
The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, declaring illegal the production, transport and sale of “intoxicating liquors,” (though not the consumption or private possession), takes effect at midnight.  It was ratified on January 16, 1919 and took effect one year later. It granted both the federal government and the states the power to enforce the ban by “appropriate legislation,” which was provided by the Volstead Act.

City employees are being asked to sign “personal reports” pledging themselves to secure the voting support of their friends for the city administration in the May city elections.  Mayor C. K. Quin claims he does not want anyone working for him who is against him.

January 16 in San Antonio history…

Peter Mayotte, of 601 South Pinto Street, is laid up from the effects of a fall from the second story to the basement of the new Loan and Trust Co, building now in course of construction at the corner of West Commerce and Navarro Streets.

San Antonio’s newest television station, KONO-TV Channel 12, goes on the air for the first time with a test pattern. Regular broadcasting to begin on the 21st.

“The Biggest Cowboy Boots in the World,” 40 feet high and 30 feet long and designed by Bob “Daddy-O” Wade (right) in 1979, are assembled in front of North Star Mall facing Loop 410.

January 15 in San Antonio history…

Clarinetist Artie Shaw makes a brief stop at Stinson Field on his way from Mexico City to his home in Los Angeles.  Reporters seeking an interview found him asleep in the airplane but were allowed to take a picture.  After the photo was taken, Shaw stirred briefly and asked, “Are they gone?”

Elvis Presley makes his first San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium (right), playing a 3 pm matinee and an 8 pm show. He will return to San Antonio twice more in 1956.

The San Antonio City Council recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today with a resolution, a moment of silence and instructed the city manager to study the  possibility of re-naming a street after the slain civil rights leader.  A request that the city observe Jan. 15 as a holiday, however, fell on deaf ears and was put off without any discussion.

January 14 in San Antonio history…

Herman Kampmann is putting in a fine $4,000 hydraulic elevator at the Menger Hotel. It will be completed in a few days. The Menger is “getting there” very fast under his management.

Joe Gomez is featured in the San Antonio Express with the Volkswagen he built at his ornamental iron works business at 1449 Culebra Road.  He spent almost three months on the  VW body that features over 1,000 leaves, stems and flowers and weighs 208 pounds. Gomez says he will use the Bug (right) for a rolling advertisement for his business.

The Balcones Heights shopping mall built as Wonderland Shopping City in 1960 and renamed Crossroads Mall in 1987, changes its name again to “Wonderland of the Americas.”

January 13 in San Antonio history…

Joske’s buys out longtime department store rival Wolff & Marx.

City Councilman is sworn in for his 50-day turn as San Antonio’s mayor pro-tem.  His term actually begins Monday the 17th but today was the only satisfactory time for the official ceremony.  At 30 years of age, he becomes the youngest mayor in San Antonio history.

A grave believed to hold the remains of Texas hero Col. Ben Milam was uncovered in the center of Milam Park by construction workers. The grave is located on the spot where the Friends of Milam Park had plans to put an 18th-century-style gazebo. A concrete footer where a gray stone monument used to stand also was uncovered.

January 12 in San Antonio history…

The Hertzberg Circus Collection debuts at the San Antonio Public Library.

The naming of Victor Alessandro as new permanent musical director and conductor of the San Antonio Symphony was announced by Symphony President Jesse H. Oppenheimer.

A winter storm rolls into the Alamo City bringing much more than the one inch of snow predicted by weathercasters.  San Antonio is covered with an amazing 10-inch snowfall with two more inches of the white stuff predicted for tomorrow.

January 11 in San Antonio history…

Work of tearing down the old building where the Stowers Furniture Company’s new building is to be erected was begun yesterday. The building will be ready for occupancy next June.

The Western Star gambling house was razed today.  The two-story frame structure, founded 40 to 45 years ago as The Old Gray Mule, was one of the largest gambling houses in the city.

Weathermen issue a winter storm watch for San Antonio with low temperatures for tomorrow in the low 20’s and a 50% chance of snow.  Tomorrow’s high temperature is predicted to be only in the high 20’s.