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October 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Washer Brothers advertises Union Suits for the “long, short, stout and regular” – from $1.25 to $6.50.

1973
The San Antonio Library initiates a new “after hours” reference service.  Persons who need answers to questions may call the Main Library any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.  When the library is closed, an answering service will take the question and refer it to the library reference department as soon as the library opens.  A librarian will find the answer and return the call.  (This service no longer exists.)

1980
Senator Ted Kennedy comes to San Antonio to formally dedicate John F. Kennedy High School, which was completed in 1963.

 

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October 21 in San Antonio history…

1867
George Wilkins Kendall, Mexican War correspondent, editor of the New Orleans Picayune, sheep rancher and namesake of Kendall County, dies in Boerne.

1917 – World War I
Miss Sarah Smith King, principal of Bowie School, is doing her “bit” by going out to Camp 73, Camp Travis, each Wednesday evening, and assisting the Y. M. C. A., by telling local historical stories. Next Wednesday she will tell local Indian stories and Miss Mamie De Ham will sing s ” La Golondrina.” The following Wednesday Miss King will tell the story of the Mier expedition. The following teachers of her school will sing patriotic songs: Misses Rowena Williamson, Florence Keen, Elizabeth Mason, Martha Randall, Fannie Laird, Ruth Blantan, Nathalie Gould, Alice Wimbcrley, Pearl
Wright, Stella Micheau and Mrs. Edith Ramsey.  Miss King and Misses Sarah and Rowena Williamson are also teaching English at Camp Travis.

1983
Cheap Trick and Zebra play a concert in Convention Center Arena.  It is Zebra’s first appearance in the Alamo City.

October 20 in San Antonio history…

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The first automobile in San Antonio, an electric, arrived at Staacke Brothers today. However, the batteries did not arrive with the car so the first drive will have to wait.

1900
William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody brings his Wild West Show to the Alamo city. His troupe features three bands, Indians of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Araphoe tribes, United States Sixth cavalrymen, Tenth United States Colored Cavalry troops (Heroes of San Juan) and cowboys – including  three from the San Antonio area, Johnny France and Joe & Tony Esquivel.  The show begins at 2 p. m. and 8 p.m. today near the I. & G. N. depot.

1973
The George H. and Elizabeth Coates University Center is dedicated at Trinity University.

October 19 in San Antonio history…

1918
The county commissioners’ court this afternoon, acting on a petition of about fifty property owners and residents along Fredericksburg road, entered an order changing the name to Foch Highway.  The petition of the property owners pointed out that it seemed that the name “Fredericksburg” which was given to the in honor of the late German Emperor, grandfather of the present Kaiser, was ill-advised in view of the world calamity that Germany has brought about and the road should be renamed in honor of Marshall Foch, the great general of France now leading the armies of the allies.

1940merka
Baylor University defeats Villanova, 7-0, in a game played at Alamo Stadium.  Milt Merka scored the decisive touchdown midway through the final period.

1949
Bexar County’s brand new coliseum was “open for business” with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers – Barnum & Bailey Circus.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Failure to familiarize themselves with the terms of the draft law applying to army desertions is leading peace officers to make many arrests where the men arrested are not really deserters, according to the announcement today at Camp Travis.  A number of men have been brought to the camp by peace officers, who were later released, as they were not deserters. Maj. E. C. McNeil, division inspector said yesterday that that the local boards in many instances were not familiar with the law and in some instances were responsible for these arrests.

1929
Construction of the first buildings for the new “West Point of the Air” at Randolph Field will begin within the next 10 days.

1969
Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play a concert at Hemisfair Arena (right).

October 17 in San Antonio history…

1909
President William Howard Taft arrives in San Antonio at 7:10 p.m. on the presidential train to lay the cornerstone for and to dedicate the new chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

1917 – World War I
Striking airplane posters by J. Paul Verees, showing the American war plane in flight with its blue star marking, have been received at the departmental aeronautical office at Ft. Sam Houston.  As a result of this campaign, it is expected that men will begin to come into Kelly Field by the thousands within the next few weeks.  “Join the air service and serve in France” is the inscription on the poster.

1982
George Bush speaks at Laurie Auditorium.

October 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Mata Hari, famous dancer and German spy, was executed in Paris this morning.  She was arrested in Paris in February and convicted of espionage in a court-martial in July.

1919
The Alamo will be re-roofed it was decided today at a meeting of the Alamo Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, but nothing was decided as to when the necessary funds would be raised.

1977
San Antonio is plunged into darkness at 7:08 p.m. when the city suffers a blackout due to a succession of errors by City Public Service.  The diesel generators installed after the last city blackout in 1949 fail to kick in. The area affected is larger than Rhode Island.  Ironically, after New York City had suffered a blackout earlier in the year on July 14, CPS spokesman Ben Scholl said, “The chances of San Antonio having an earthquake are greater than the chance the city will have a blackout similar to the one in New York.”

October 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
First Lieut. Fenton Harrison McGlachlin died at 8:45 o’clock this evening at the Base Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, from injuries he received Sunday afternoon when an airplane in which he was a passenger, fell to earth. He never regained consciousness after the accident. Lieutenant McGlachlin was the son of Brig. Gen. Edward McGlachlin, commander of the 165th artillery brigade, Camp
Travis, and acted as aide-de-camp to his father.

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“I Love Lucy” premieres at 7:00 p.m. on WOAI-TV (right).

1982
The British band Jethro Tull, named for the inventor of the seed drill, plays Convention Center Arena.  Canadian rockers Saga open the show.

October 14 in San Antonio history…

1885
Ground is broken for the new San Antonio National Bank building on Commerce street.

1956elvis_1956
Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans.  It was the third appearance for Elvis in San Antonio in 1956. (photo from the Institute of Texan Cultures San Antonio Light Collection.)

1973
As a result of the energy crisis, the annual Windcrest Light-Up Christmas light display has been cancelled.  A daytime contest will be substituted, says Mrs. Robert Jenkins, sponsor of the event.  The city will still be installing lights downtown on schedule but a decision to turn them on will be made at a later date.

October 13 in San Antonio history…

1896
The big chandelier in the rotunda of the Menger Hotel was swung into position. The 700-pound article, containing 3,000 pieces of prismatic glass, cost $300.

1966
The City Council today passed a resolution setting a public hearing on the proposal for the city to participate in the financing of a $5.75 million “Tower of the Americas” on the HemisFair site.

1971
A live rock concert, “Rex Foster with Don and Merrily” is broadcast from the KLRN studios and simulcast on radio stations KEXL in San Antonio and KHFI in Austin.  It is the first time that the stereo radio and television technique has been used in two cities at once.