December 26 in San Antonio history…
H.C Moore, Southern Pacific railroad engineer, escaped serious injury today when switch engine no. 131 exploded at the Southern Pacific roundhouse. The engineer was hurled about thirty feet and was showered with oil and sand. After receiving first aid treatment, he was sent home where he is under the care of physicians.
A messenger for the W. T. Grant store was held up by a lone gunman in the heart of the downtown district this morning and robbed of $3500 in Christmas receipts he was taking to the Frost National Bank. Tlie robbery occurred on the St. Mary’s street bridge across from the Public Service building.
The J.C. Penney Company opens their sixth San Antonio store today at Ingram Park Mall. The new store is the company’s 149th store in Texas and 2,090th in the J. C. Penney chain. It has almost 180,000 square feet of floor space, 42 merchandise departments and 325 employees.