July 5 in San Antonio history…
1917 – World War I
The military [horse] race meet and tournament at the Fair Grounds yesterday afternoon, given under the auspices of the War Recreation Board, was a decided success as a Fourth of July celebration and entertainment and also financially, in providing a fund for recreation for the soldiers. It is expected the proceeds will aggregate about $2700. More than nine thousand people enjoyed the program, which included seven races and five exhibitions by various arms of the service, including maneuvers by the artillery, cavalry, Signal corps and infantry, and an extra attraction not down on the program, a broncho “busting” exhibitionby employes of the remount station. This feature of the program afforded great amusement for the
large audience as the expert riders attempted to ride the bucking horses and mules which frequently carried them through the fence and into the
crowds that lined the southern part of the race track.
Half of the 539 buildings to compose the Army cantonment at Leon Springs have been completed.