June 12 in San Antonio history…
1917 – World War I
The division of the new national army to be mobilized and trained at Camp Wilson will have a strength of 25,000 men instead of 16,000, according to information received at department headquarters this morning. Also, to San Antonio’s advantage, it is probable the camp here will be permanent. Wooden cantonments are to be built under supervision of the quartermaster general’s department at Washington, the work to be done by contract. Roads are to be improved and new ones built, the water supply is to be increased and sewer and drainage facilities are to be supplied. In former camps latrines had no sewer connections because the troops were likely to be removed at any time. Because of the permanency of the training camp, to open in September, sewer connections will be made.
Two Texas laws banning marriage between Negroes and whites were apparently nullified today by a U. S. Supreme Court decision (Loving vs. Virginia) declaring a similar Virginia law invalid. Texas has had laws against interracial marriage since 1837. Sam Houston signed the first one into law.
The San Antonio City Council approves an $18.8 million grant agreement with the federal government for the $100 million Vista Verde South project and began making plans for another HUD grant to develop an 11-acre tract behind Joske’s into a major shopping mall “on the order of the Galleria in Houston.” This mall would be known as the “Tiendas del Rio” but renamed Rivercenter Mall before opening in 1987.