Category Archives: Texana

January 24 in San Antonio history…

1905
The State Legislature passed a bill to purchase the Alamo for a historic shrine for $65,000.

1918 – World War I
Garments furnished by the Red Cross may now be worn by soldiers and officers without fear of violating the rules of Camp Travis.  The adjutant of the army has given out the following information:  “The wearing of woolen garments furnished by the Red  Cross, or by private individuals, is authorized when necessary on account of climatic conditions.  If the clothing furnished by the Government is not sufficient, the garments may also be worn.”

1938
Demolishing of the old markethouse on Market Plaza started today.  After the 37-year old structure is razed, construction will begin on a new $168,981 markethouse.  It will be one story of brick and concrete.

 

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January 23 in San Antonio history…

1918
In San Antonio’s sensational “Trial of the Century,” Miss Hedda Burgemeister is found not guilty of the murder of Otto Koehler by a jury in the Thirty-seventh district court.  The verdict was returned by the jury shortly after 12 o’clock and Miss Burgemeister was immediately surrounded by friends who showered their congratulations upon her.  Mr. Koehler, President and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association (Pearl Brewery) was killed on Nov. 12, 1914 in the little cottage on Hunstock Avenue that he had given to Miss Burgemeister.

1968
The tophouse of the Tower of the Americas is lifted into place (right).

1970
Chicago Transit Authority comes to San Antonio for the first time and plays a concert in Hemisfair Arena.  The Youngbloods open the show.

January 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Some San Antonio businesses have been ignoring or refusing to obey the orders of the government regarding special lighting reductions on Sunday and Thursday nights.  Further failure to obey this law will be followed by prosecutions, including up to a fine of $5000 or a penitentiary sentence of one year.

1973
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is transported by airplane from his Johnson City ranch to Brooke Army General Hospital where he is pronounced dead on arrival.

1978
About 100 people under five feet tall marched in the cold from HemisFair Plaza to City Hall to protest the prejudice of Randy Newman’s song “Short People.”  The “Puny People Protest Parade” was staged by radio station KTSA.

January 21 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Cadet Frank L. Seery of Evanston, Ill. was instantly killed and Cadet V. C. Dunham of Rochester, N. Y., received injuries from which he died an hour and a half later, in a collision of airplanes at Kelly Field at 10 a.m. this morning.

1984
USAA dedicates their new Federal Savings Bank under construction. It is due to open Summer 1985.

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Sixty-three years after Isadore Brenner opened the store as “Brenner’s” on Soledad Street, longtime San Antonio discount store Solo Serve files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

January 20 in San Antonio history…

1908
John Crivelli, the fireman who was injured on January 3, when a hose cart in which he was riding overturned on Alamo Street, died this afternoon in  the City Hospital.  Immediately after the accident, he was removed to Santa Rosa Hospital and remained there until about a week ago when he was moved to City Hospital.  The hopes for his recovery were slight at all times but owing to his strong constitution the attending physicians thought he might pull through.

1918 – World War I
Valuable army records were burned with approximately $10,000 in losses when fire destroyed the headquarters building of the student officers’ reserve training school at Camp Stanley.  The fire originated from a stove in the telephone exchange office at about 4:30 a.m.  The camp telephone exchange building was also destroyed and the camp cut off from telephone communications.

1988
The Express-News reports that financially strapped Antonian College Preparatory School, an all-boys Catholic high school, may be admitting girls next fall if Archbishop Flores gives his OK.  Flores should make a decision on the plan by early January, said Brother Peter A. Pontolillo, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese.  A decision on a proposal to make Holy Cross High School co-educational was also postponed until January.

January 19 in San Antonio history…

1959
A deputy sheriff, about to embark on his first airplane ride to return a prisoner from New York City to Bexar County, drew up a will today and posted it on the Sheriff’s office bulletin board.  Deputy Claudius Minor states:
“My ashes, if they can’t be segregated from the white ashes in case we burn, are to be place in the cornerstone of the new jail and, furthermore, I wish that my name be carried in aviation history as the first negro person to have crashed right along with the white folks.  Regardless of when and if it will happen, I pray that it will not be in the State of Arkansas.”  Deputy Minor’s will then proceeds to distribute his work possessions to his co-workers.

1987
Rosa Parks is the guest of honor for San Antonio’s inaugural Martin Luther King Day Freedom March. She is chauffeured along the route in a General Motors 3102 owned by VIA and used by the transit system from 1952 to 1963.

1988
The Hertzberg clock, a San Antonio landmark since 1878, was removed today from its corner at Houston and St. Mary’s streets and stored at the La Vernia Clock Works in La Vernia. It will be reinstalled when TriParty construction is completed around the location.

 

January 18 in San Antonio history…

1886
Leopold Wolfson buys the White Elephant Saloon to expand his dry goods business.   The building is destroyed on Oct. 1, 2011 in a fire.

1918
The Battle of Flowers Association appropriated $600 to endow a bed in the first American hospital in France.

1960
Ray Charles and the Raelets play a concert in Municipal Auditorium (right).

January 17 in San Antonio history…

1917
Oysters are served at the annual alumni meeting of St. Mary’s College, thus beginning the tradition of Oyster Bake.

1918
The news reports on the trial of Emma Burgemeister that began yesterday.  Testimony shows that immediately after the killing of Otto Koehler, Miss Burgemeister addmitted the act as hers, claiming it was in self-defense and to protect the honor of her friend.

1932
The new Central Catholic High School is dedicated.

January 16 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The battery of field artillery that fired the first American shot against the Germans was commanded by a San Antonio officer, Captain Ralph Heard, according to letters received in San Antonio from members of the expeditionary force.  A French .75 was the weapon used.  Captain Heard is the son of Col. J. W. Heard, of the regular army and was graduated from San Antonio High School with honors in 1915.

1920
Prohibition as directed by the 18th Amendment takes effect tonight at midnight.

1928
Bluebonnet HotelThe Bluebonnet Hotel at St. Mary’s and Pecan streets opens for business.

 

January 15 in San Antonio history…

1918
A new division of the police department, composed of picked detectives under the direction of Albert Van Riper, has been created to wage a crusade on bootleggers.  These men will undertake the enforcement of the new ordinance, passed yesterday by the council, prohibiting the sale of liquor in packages to be drunk elsewhere than on the premises where sold.

1956
Elvis Presley makes his first San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium (right), playing a 3 pm matinee and an 8 pm show. He will return to San Antonio twice more in 1956.

1974
“Happy Days” premieres on KSAT Channel 12 at 7 p.m.