Monthly Archives: August 2018

August 31 in San Antonio history…

The largest single piece of glass in the South is installed at Joske Bros.

1918 – World War I
John Ringling, circus owner, has proposed using African elephants in the reconstruction of France after the war due to the shortage of mules and horses.

“American Graffiti,” George Lucas’s coming-of-age film set in the summer of 1962, premieres at the Central Park Fox theater.


August 30 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Food Administration has rescinded the rule that only 70 percent of wheat flour be used in making cake.  This means that, after Sept. 1, cake will again be a food staple.  It also means that the doughnut will come into its own again and that coffee cake and sweet rolls will once more appear on breakfast menus.

Radio station KONO changes frequency from 1400 MHZ to 860 MHz.  It’s still there.

WOAI-TV’s “Early Evening Report” expands from a 30-minute show to 60 minutes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  The popular news show features James Metcalf, Bob Perkins, Harold Baker and Martha Buchanan, the first female anchor of a San Antonio news program.


August 29 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light features an advertisement for the Boys’ Working Reserve, a new program developed by the Department of Labor “to mobilize the boy power of the nation.”  Boys 16 to 21 years of age can enlist to work on farms for six weeks or so during the summer.

Jerry Lee Lewis rocks the Cabaret club in Bandera, Texas.

Blockbuster Video announces its first San Antonio location at 9885 IH-10 West in the Colonnade. They would acquire the Sound Warehouse and Music Plus retail chains in 1992, but declare bankruptcy on Sept. 23, 2010.

August 28 in San Antonio history…

Temple Beth–El is dedicated across Jefferson from Travis Park.

A contract for the erection of Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital was awarded to H.N. Jones Construction Co., at an agreed price of $200,092.

At the command of Brig. General Ryan, post commander at Ft. Sam Houston, officers of all units under his command have been ordered to grant passes to men of the Jewish faith, when requested, in order that they may attend devotional exercises on the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

August 27 in San Antonio history…

Recently, Albert Steves, Jr. took a trip to Houston via the most direct route through Gonzales, Columbus and Flatonia.  The road through Victoria, Cuero and Richmond is 30 miles longer but a much better road.  Mr. Steve’s writes that there were not two miles on the Gonzales route where he could make 25 miles per hour and the only word fit for the roads he took is “horrible.”

A flood of mail arrived at the mayor’s office protesting the removal of two murals, alleged to depict Communist symbols, from the walls of Municipal Auditorium. The mayor said they would stay down.

Publication of the San Antonio Light, Express and Evening News was suspended when members of the American Typographical Union walked out of the composing rooms of these three newspapers.

August 26 in San Antonio history…

It is reported in the newspapers that Sarah Maverick, daughter-in-law of Samuel Maverick and sister of Tom Frost, founder of Frost National Bank, has died at the age of 67.

Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”

Young San Antonians 18 to 20 years old will become adults at the stroke of midnight tonight – the legal age of majority changes from 21 to 18 years old.

August 25 in San Antonio history…

St. Mary’s Institute (now University) is founded near San Fernando with 12 male students.

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Express newspaper has set aside $100,000 to be used in combating the crime of lynching in this country. The money is to be used in rewards for the apprehension, conviction and punishment of persons who are guilty of mob violence.  This fund of $100,000, and the offer of reward, will be maintained and in effect for a period of five years from August 3, 1918.

A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.

August 24 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The House of Representatives declares today that the draft age will be set from 18 to 45 years.  An amendment to take in all aliens who are subjects of any of the countries allied with the United States was also adopted.

The $2,000,000 Aurora Apartment Hotel opens in the Tobin Hill area at Howard and Laurel streets across from Crockett Park (right).

A 13-member committee chooses the 47-acre site of the former Alamo Iron Works to be the future location of the proposed domed stadium.

August 23 in San Antonio history…

J.A. Berry, foreman on the work at the Carnegie Library, celebrated arrival of his first-born son yesterday afternoon. When the quit work whistle blew, Berry assembled the workmen in the main buildings where a copious spread of beer and lunch was served.

The newest and biggest addition to the San Antonio Public Library’s fleet of four bookmobiles went into service today.  The green and cream bookmobile, complete with a stork emblem indicating its new arrival, went into service at the Sunset Ridge Shopping Center.

Brooke Shields appears at Dillard’s in Ingram Park Mall to promote “her new collection of Brooke Shields Jeanswear.”

August 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Bolsheviks have declared that a state of war exists between Russia and the United States.  Consequently, Vice Consul Imbrie has lowered the United States flag over the consulate at Petrograd, closed the consulate and place the affairs of the United States in charge of the Norwegian government.

Plans for a special San Antonio Day at Hemisfair were announced today by Chairman David Straus.  Tickets will be 2 for 1 this Sunday, August 25.  There will also be free parking on a first-come, first-served basis in the Hemisfair parking lot east of the fairgrounds and south of Durango.

San Antonio Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela fans 15 batters in a 3-0 win over Amarillo.  The 19-year-old lefty allowed just two hits in the second half of the season and struck out 162 batters in 174 innings.