August 18 in San Antonio history…
World War I -1915
In addition to the overseas war news, the papers announce that Leo Frank, born in Cuero, has been taken from prison by a mob and lynched in Marietta, Georgia. Frank was formerly director and superintendent of the National Pencil Company in Atlanta and was convicted of the rape and murder of one of his employees, 13-year old Mary Phagan, in August 1913.
Trinity University ceases football scholarships
In an incident that would dominate the headlines for months and eventually be made into a TV movie, San Antonio Policeman Farrell Tucker shoots and kills fellow patrolman-turned-vigilante, Stephen Smith.
City Council finally killed the long controversial plan for Applewhite Reservoir today. They unanimously voted in favor of an ordinance abandoning the project and for terminating state permits for the reservoir, which failed by a 10,000 vote margin in a city-referendum six days ago.