May 14 in San Antonio history…
The Spanish Council of War approves a site on the San Antonio River for a fortified presidio. The Domingo Ramon expedition, accompanied by the trader St. Denis from Louisiana (who had come to the site two years previously), established a presidio on the river at what is now San Pedro Park. This same council also approves the request by Father Olivares to establish a mission near the site.
1917 – World War I
The San Antonio Light remarks that “The United States has been at war with Germany 39 days and practically all the measures through which this government is to do its part in the world’s battle for humanity and civilization still are in the talking stage in Congress.”
After being in storage for many years, the doors to the Veramendi Palace (right) were donated to the Alamo Museum today by John James. Mr. James, along with the late Capt. F. F. Collins, has owned the doors since the old palace was razed about 15 years ago. The doors are made of hand-carved cedar and are so heavy that it takes six men to lift one.