August 8 in San Antonio history…

1934
Scores of striking pecan shellers armed with stones and sticks threatened the manager of a San Antonio pecan-shelling company.  The manager stayed the crowd by brandishing a pistol until police arrived.

1948
Two fires broke out In the Milam Building today, three and a half hours apart. At 3:30 p. m. Deputy Fire Chief M L.Butler answered a call to the 20th floor to extinguish a stairway fuse box that was in flames. Damage was reported at $100. At 7 p. m., Chief Butler was hailed to the 17th floor where a short in electric wiring had started a fire in the offices of the Arkansas Oil and Fuel Co., with an estimated damage of $500 to the contents and $1100 to the building. On the second fire, lack of water pressure made it necessary to use a hand pump, which had to be refilled, and Butler said it took half an hour to put out the flames.

1987
The doors close for the final time on the downtown Joske’s store to prepare for a storewide renovation and transformation into Dillard’s.

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