April 25 in San Antonio history…
On April 23, 1831, Bowie and Ursula Veramendi, daughter of provincial Governor Don Juan Martin Veramendi, were married. Upon appearing before the mayor of San Antonio, he pledged to pay Ursula a dowry of $15,000. Bowie claimed his age as 32 (he was actually 35), and the value of his properties at $222,800. That was greatly exaggerated relying on over valuation of property in Arkansas and Louisiana, and included some money still owed him.
In fact, Bowie had to borrow over $2,500 from his in-laws for a honeymoon trip to New Orleans and Natchez, Louisiana. After the honeymoon, Jim and Ursula Bowie settled in San Antonio.
1917 – World War I
The selective service conscription bill is expected to pass the house. If so, the next week will begin the organization of a conscription system.
Stevie Ray Vaughan (right) and Double Trouble play La Semana Alegre in Hemisfair Park. He enjoys it so much, he vows to return in 1991. Sadly, he will not get the chance. He dies in a helicopter crash four months later. (Photo by Al Rendon)