October 31 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
It is believed that within a year, the U.S. military will need 400 trained officers to take command of newly organized regular troops and within five years 2,000 officers will be needed for the added regiments.

An inebriated man crawled into the back seat of Policeman William Porter’s patrol car thinking it was a taxicab.

In the process of lifting the tophouse to the top of the Tower of the Americas structure, three steel lifting rods snapped halting the process.  Elmer Joiner, project engineer, said that if one more rod had broken, the whole tophouse structure would have fallen to the ground crushing as many as ten men.  In the meantime, seven giant cranes have been brought in to support the tophouse while the lifting rods are being replaced.

An artic cold front brings a record low temperature of 27 degrees to San Antonio and breaks a number of records. It is the earliest day in San Antonio history that the temperature has dropped into the 20’s.


Posted on October 31, 2015, in Texana and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The Tower tophouse slipping had to be in 1967. By the time HemisFair started on 04/06/1968, it was in place & has stayed there ever since. Only problems during or after the fair were elevators stalling for a while!

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