October 16 in San Antonio history…
World War I – 1915
France declares war on Bulgaria.
The Boerne Star newspaper, founded just two years ago, is sold by L.W. Cooke to William G. Davis of Groesbeck, Texas. Davis is an experienced newspaper man.
Merger of Austin College at Sherman and Trinity University, located at Waxahachie, received the approval of delegates to the state-wide synod of the Presbyterian Church now meeting at the Madison Square Presbyterian Church here. Three more resolutions pertaining to the merger will be discussed Thursday, the Rev. R. E. Joiner, said.
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.”