Monthly Archives: May 2018

May 31 in San Antonio history…

1897
The deeds conveying the 283-acre Brackenridge homestead north of San Antonio to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word were delivered to the sisters by Col. Brackenridge for $100,000.

1918 – World War I
The people of San Marcos will “never forget the music the 358th Infantry Band gave them,” according to a letter from J. S. Knox of the San Marcos Red Cross committee sent to Maj. Gen. Henry T. Allen.

1954
Frank Huntress, publisher of the San Antonio Express newspaper, announces that the Express Publishing Company has applied to the Federal Communications Commission to purchase KGBS television station channel 5.  (The sale would be completed in November 1954 and the call letters would be changed to KENS for Express-News Station.)

 

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May 30 in San Antonio history…

1912
The old Dullnig water tower, a landmark since 1884, is being torn down.  The structure towers 130 feet above the river bank just behind the Chandler building on Losoya St.

1918 – World War I
Nineteen men, most of whom were between the ages of 19 and 25 years old, were arrested yesterday afternoon and night, charged with being idlers.  With but four exceptions, those arraigned before the police court this morning were convicted, with fines ranging from ten to twenty-five dollars.

1924
Flowers were dropped from planes over Brooks Field in memory of Sidney J. Brooks, Jr., former reporter for The Light, for whom the airfield was named. Brooks was killed in a Kelly Field crash during WWI.

May 29 in San Antonio history…

1857
Officer Frederick Fieldstrup is the first recorded San Antonio Police Officer in San Antonio to die in the line of duty. He is killed on the corner of Market Street and Alamo Street in a shoot-out with Bill Hart, a notorious gambler, and two of his companions. Hart and his two companions were also killed along with Fieldstrup.

1918
The San Antonio Express prints the account of the lynching of German immigrant Robert Prager in Illnois on April 4.  Prager professed his love of America and kissed the flag that his tormentors wrapped him in.  Despite this, the drunken mob hanged him under suspicions of disloyalty.

1979
U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. of San Antonio is assassinated while getting into his car at his home in San Antonio. Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson, is later convicted of the crime and sentenced to two life terms.

 

May 28 in San Antonio history…

1918 
Terms of the public schools of San Antonio will close at noon today and 23,000 pupils will be released from study work for play.  The school term that closes today was one of the most successful in the history of San Antonio public schools and marked the opening of the new $300,000 Brackenridge High School, one of the most modern in the country.

1924
San Antonio’s school board vots to abolish free summer schools, putting summer enrollment on a tuition basis.

1972
Sunken Garden Theater features a concert by Cat’s Cradle, the Royal Jesters, Denim, and Janus.

May 27 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
An attempt wil be made at Kelly Field during Decoration Day proceedings to catch a baseball thrown from an airplane and thus set a height record for catching dropped balls.  The record is now 555 feet.

1934
James V Allred, 34-year-old candidate for governor of Texas, visits San Antonio today to confer with campaign workers.

1977
Ray Charles plays Randy’s Rodeo.

May 26 in San Antonio history…

1868
Saul Wolfson opens a dry goods store in an adobe building on Alamo Plaza.

1869
The velocipede (bicycle) makes its first appearance in San Antonio.

1918 – World War I
With one hundred planes circling in the air at the same time, with daring aviators doing death-defying “stunts,” with battle-formations and record-breaking performances, Kelly Field entertained thousands for the benefit of the Red Cross yesterday afternoon.  It is believed that $7,000 was raised for the organization.

May 25 in San Antonio history…

1838
The city limits ate fixed at “one league in every direction from the city [San Fernando] church.” (Specifically, from the cross atop the dome.)

1918
Walter Hobbs and William Seibrecht, each 12 years old, who had been missing since Thursday and for whom the police have been searching since Friday afternoon, were found by Policeman Sowell at 10:30 this morning.  When brought to central police headquarters, the boys said they had made quite a bit of change shining shoes at Camp Travis and had spent Thursday and Friday nights in a vacant tent at the camp.

1942
The little community of St. Hedwig, 18 miles Southeast of San Antonio, is hit by a twister that demolished roofs and windmills and brought hail that ruined crops.

May 24 in San Antonio history….

1919
Texas votes for Prohibition, 148,.982 to 130,907.  However, Bexar County votes against it by a wide margin, 8,386 to 2,920.

1980
Hipp’s Bubble Room (right) at 1411 McCullough closes.

May 23 in San Antonio history…

1918
Miss Katherine Stinson, San Antonio aviatrix, started a flight from Chicago to New York with mail at 7:37 a.m. today.  Miss Stinson, 22, is averaging 71 miles per hour.  The flight is being made to establish a long-distance, non-stop record.

1968
The San Antonio Express newspaper reports that County Commissioner A. J. Ploch has received death threats as a result of controversial comments he made about the CBS News program “Hunger in America,” filmed in San Antonio, that aired two nights ago.

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The San Antonio Riders play their final game and lose to Sacramento, 27-21, in front of 19,273 fans in San Marcos’s Bobcat Stadium.

May 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
To supply the normalities of life to nearly one hundred thousand young men in the various fields, schools and camps surrounding San Antonio, and to provide a club and meeting place of the soldiers and citizens of the city there is being erected a magnificent community clubhouse in the rear of the Alamo on the old Gallagher property.

1927
From a sick bed in the St. Anthony Hotel, Porter Adams, president of the National Aeronautical Association announced a reception and $25,000 was awaiting Charles A. Lindbergh when the flyer arrives back in the U.S.

1968
The Rodriguez Brothers, known since 1920 for their beautiful and original memorial art, have just erected marble reproductions of Michaelangelo’s statues of Lorenzo De Medici and Giuliano De Medici.  These statues were imported from Carrara, Italy and are now on display at the South Entrance of Central Park Mall Shopping Center.