Category Archives: Texana

June 24 in San Antonio history…

St. Louis College graduates its first class – a graduating class of two. [St. Mary’s downtown college merged with St. Louis college in 1921.]

1917 – World War I
Thomas A. Carr, general superintendent, and J. G. Woods, assistant superintendent for the Stone-Webster Company of Boston, reached San Antonio last night to begin actual construction
at Camp Wilson on the army cantonment which is to house the 40.000 troops to be brought here September I for training.

Three of the six youths charged with burning the city’s 80-foot Christmas tree on Alamo Plaza last New year were fined $25 and costs by Judge McCollum Burnett.

June 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The new roof garden on the Elks building on Avenue E will be opened to members and their guests for the first time tonight at 8:30 o’clock. Music, dancing and cabaret features
are on the program. The committee which is in charge of the entertainment consists of Al C. Jonas, chairman; Peter Hoefgen and I. A. Victor.

The iron bridge at the swimming pool in Brackenridge Park, a familiar sight to thousands of park visitors in the past 20 or more years, is being torn down. A modern concrete and steel structure will replace it.

Jerry Seinfeld brings his observational comedy to the Majestic Theater.

June 22 in San Antonio history…

Former President of Mexico Juan Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna dies of old age in Mexico City.

1917 – World War I
Eight companies of the men in training at Camp Funston [now Camp Stanley] will receive pay for their first month’s work Monday and the remaining companies will be paid Wednesday. The first payment w ill be $100 per man with mileage for those who came to the camp from other cities. The camp has a strength of about 2,700 men and this will mean the paying out of almost $300,000 in the two days set for payment. The work will be done by officers in tho finance department of the quartermaster’s department.

A new state law was passed, changing the name of the Southwest Insane Asylum to San Antonio State Hospital.

June 21 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Preliminary work on the building of cantonments for the 40,000 men to be housed at Camp Wilson after September will be started within a week and before another week elapses probably 5,000 mechanics and laborers will be hard at work on construction.

Jimmy Johnson’s Playland comes to San Antonio and holds its grand opening in its first location at 223 N. St. Mary’s Street.

The Police Department replaces their traditional royal and French blue uniforms  with dark navy blue.

June 20 in San Antonio history…

The architect for Alamo Heights said the new addition would be “a strictly fashionable residence area.”

Residents of Alamo Heights vote overwhelmingly to incorporate.  The vote cast today was the heaviest ever recorded on an incorporation election there, all others having been voted down. The favorable vote this time is said to have been due to the rumored extension of the city limits of San Antonio which would have taken in the Heights.

San Antonio chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today voted unanimously to instruct its legal redress committee to take immediate steps to have the city’s segregated swimming pool ordinance declared unconstitutional.

June 19 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Subscriptions for the purchase of the ancient governor’s palace, a relic of the royal government of Spain, which stands on Military Plaza and which is in danger of being torn down, are beginning to be received by the committee working for its preservation, Miss Adina De Zavala, chairman. A regular plan of campaign has not been decided upon, but a meeting of the executive and advisory
committees will be held at some time next week, the time and place to be announced later. This building is one of the oldest structures in San Antonio and was erected by the Spanish government
as the administrative palace when Texas was a province of Spain. In spite of disfiguring signs and years of neglect and abuse, the building has a commanding appearance and the ancient seal of Spain still remains over the door.

After six Negro boys go swimming in Woodlawn Pool, the San Antonio City Council votes to ban people of color from city swimming pools, making law of a de facto segregation that had existed for 90-plus years.  To add insult to such a despicable action, the law takes effect on “Juneteenth,” the 89th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas.  The law would be repealed two years later, on March 16, 1956.

Bill Doggett and his combo, featuring San Antonio saxophonist Clifford Scott, play Woodlake Country Club.

June 18 in San Antonio history…

A caravan of camels went down Main Street on their way to Camp Verde.

Less than an hour after a Texas League game that saw the San Antonio Indians lose, 5-3, to the Dallas Steers, a fire is reported in the stands at League Field located at Josephine and Isleta streets.  Less than three minutes after he flames were first seen in the northwest section of the grandstand, they had spread over the entire structure, which was built to seat 7,500 people. Firemen believed a cigarette stub may have caused the fire. Homer H. Hammond, president of the San Antonio Baseball Club, estimated the loss to the club at $58,000, including equipment for night games.

The 66-year-old Elks Building at Navarro and Pecan streets (right) becomes the first building to be imploded in San Antonio.  The building was the former home of the Travis Club and was immortalized on the boxes for Travis Club cigars.

June 17 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Camp Kelly, the aviation field south of San Antonio, is to be enlarged to a reservation of nearly 2,500 acres and between 20,000 and 30,000 men of the aviation section are to be stationed there, according to J. H. Kirkpatrick and C. B. Fowler who returned Saturday night from a conference with War
Department officials in Washington.

The official city seal of Alamo Heights went on public display today (right).  The seal was adopted after a city-sponsored contest last fall. The winner was Charles Chambers, a student at the Littlehouse School of Art.

The San Antonio Spurs become members of the National Basketball Association.

June 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The fund for the Protestant Orphans Home to meet the increased expenses occasioned by the high cost of living has now reached $254. This money and other money that it is hoped will be subscribed to meet the monthly deficit will be used for the support of the 180 children in the home.

San Antonio’s “Ace,” Major Edgar Tobin, will command a squadron of six fast DeHavilland airplanes which have been ordered to the border for scout duty in the campaign against Villa and his followers.  The ships, manned by a pilot and an observer, will leave Kelly Field at an early hour this morning.

After being found between the mission and the San Antonio River, the stolen altar bell of San Jose is back on its ancient shelf today.

June 15 in San Antonio history…

19031903 Carnegie Library
The San Antonio Public Library opens in the Carnegie-funded building on Market Street (right).

1917 – World War I
San Antonio and Bexar County over-subscribed their allotment of Liberty Bonds by approximately $250,000. When the campaign for the sale of bonds was closed at l l o’clock the record showed $2,762,600 worth of bonds had been sold, which is $192,600 over the allotment of $2,570,000 for San Antonio and Bexar County.

David Robinson plays his final game as the Spurs defeat the New Jersey Nets, 88-77, in game six of the NBA Finals for their second NBA title.  Tim Duncan is named Finals MVP for the second time and finishes with a near-quadruple-double:  21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and eight blocked shots.  Robinson and Duncan share Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” honors at the end of the year.