October 18 in San Antonio history…
No less than 50,000 people packed Alamo Plaza today on the occasion of President Taft’s first public speech in this city. Other thousands lined the streets to get a glimpse of the distinguished visitor.
1918 – World War I
Mrs. Dorothy Delfraisse McCurdy, died last night at the home of her father, 615 Cherry Street, after a brief illness of pneumonia, the result of Influenza contracted while on duty as a special Red Cross nurse at the base hospital, Camp Travis.
The first six K-mart stores in San Antonio, located in buildings formerly occupied by Globe stores, open on the same day. H. E. Wilcox, western regional vice-president, says, “It’s highly unusual for a chain to open six stores in one day, as we did… Chicago opened five K-mart stores in one day and that’s as close as we’ve come.”