January 24 in San Antonio history…
World War I – 1915
It is reported that British forces have sent the German cruiser Bluecher to the bottom of the sea. The Germans also report sinking a British battle cruiser but the British admiralty denies this.
Firemen estimated losses at $200,000 in a fire which destroyed L. Wolfson’s clothing store on Main Plaza. (It would be destroyed by fire again and for good on Oct. 1, 2011.)
(right, photo courtesy Maria Watson Pfeiffer)
The State Legislature passed a bill to purchase the Alamo for a historic shrine for $65,000.