August 12 in San Antonio history…
1917 – World War I
The cantonment buildings at Camp Travis will be finished and ready for occupancy August 25, six days ahead of schedule, thus probably shattering the world’s record for this class of construction, according to an official telegram sent to the War Department by Major George E. Thorne and Thomas A. Carr, representing, respectively, the government and the Stone & Webster Company. Although one of the three largest of the sixteen cantonments under construction throughout the country, it will be the first to be completed, thus winning a race against time in which all the contractors were contestants.
Frost Bank moves into its new multistory “skyscraper” at the SW corner of Commerce and Flores streets (now the Municipal Plaza Building.)
“Wings”, a silent World War I epic filmed in San Antonio, premieres in New York. The movie stars Clara Bow and Buddy Rogers and features the (brief) film debut of Gary Cooper. The next year, “Wings” will be the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.