Category Archives: Texana

May 14 in San Antonio history…

1716
The Spanish Council of War approves a site on the San Antonio River for a fortified presidio. The Domingo Ramon expedition, accompanied by the trader St. Denis from Louisiana (who had come to the site two years previously), established a presidio on the river at what is now San Pedro Park. This same council also approves the request by Father Olivares to establish a mission near the site.

1926
After being in storage for many years, the doors to the Veramendi Palace (right) were donated to the Alamo Museum today by John James.  Mr. James, along with the late Capt. F. F. Collins, has owned the doors since the old palace was razed about 15 years ago. The doors are made of hand-carved cedar and are so heavy that it takes six men to lift one.

1953
Mayor Jack White suggests that books in the public library written by known Communists should be branded or rubber stamped.  Interim City Manager Wylie Johnson takes things a step further, suggesting that the books be burned and every member of the library board be dismissed “if any of them have knowledge of Communist or Communist-leaning books in the library.”

 

May 13 in San Antonio history…

1940
Complete to the last blade of grass,  San Antonio’s newly constructed open-air theater on the San Antonio River behind the public library, has been pronounced ready for service today by officials of the river beautification project.

1952
More than 500 Trinity University stalwarts packed up everything but their Bunsen burners today and headed from the old campus at 3115 W. Ashby Place, where the university had been located since 1912, eastward to the new campus on Stadium Drive.

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In Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, Derek Fisher of the Lakers gets the ball with 0.4 seconds on the clock and nails a jump shot to defeat the Spurs, 74-73. The Spurs had rallied from 16 points down with 3:59 left in the third quarter. They had seemingly escaped with an improbable victory after Tim Duncan sank an 18-footer with 0.4 seconds left.

May 12 in San Antonio history…

1906
Miss Clara Driscoll told a newspaper reporter at the Menger Hotel this morning that she expects that the Alamo will be taken from the custody of the Daughters of the Republic and further express a sentiment of regret that it had not “been done long ago in order to have shielded the sacredness of the historic structure from the unfortunate imbroglio which has recently arisen over its custody.”

1924hearst
The Hearst Corporation buys the San Antonio Light newspaper.

1957
The $100,000, 3.2 mile “Brackenridge Eagle” railroad track begins carrying its first passengers around Brackenridge Park.

May 11 in San Antonio history…

1738
The cornerstone of San Fernando Cathedral is laid.

1960
Newspapers across the nation announce that six lunch counters were desegregated in Nashville yesterday.  The New York Times reports that this is believed to be the first general lunch counter desegregation in the South “outside of a few Texas cities.”  San Antonio, one of those cities, desegregated six downtown lunch counters nearly two months ago.

1960
In Corporation Court today, Eugene “Mike” Nolte, Republican party leader, is found not guilty of slapping Rev. Earl J. Graham during a May 3 protest in front of Joske’s segregated Camelia Room restaurant.   Nolte slapped Gordon after breaking through the protest line that he said was trying to keep him from entering the dining room.  Rev. Gordon, who had been charged with disturbing the peace, was also found not guilty.

May 10 in San Antonio history…

1723
The King of Spain issues a royal cedula ordering that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands for the purpose of establishing a civilian settlement in the vicinity of the Presidio de Bejar.

1879
City government moves into the French Building (right) on Main Plaza.

1950
The Chamber of Commerce noted today that inquires about Alamo City tourist attractions have jumped from about 77 to 175 letters per day.

May 9 in San Antonio history…

1932
The USS Akron, mightiest of the dirigibles, passed over the Smith-Young Tower at dusk today. Harold O. Rosendahl, 1934 W. Magnolia, sent a message to his brother Charles E. Rosendahl, commanding the ship. (The Akron would be involved in an accident two days later in San Diego leading to the deaths of two Navy sailors.)

1940
Stinson Field & Cemetery, Harlandale, Olmos Terrace, Spanish Acres, West Woodlawn and Hot Wells are all incorporated into the city.

1976
CIA Director George Bush told a Trinity University audience yesterday he would withhold sensitive information from Congress if he were certain the information would be leaked to the public.

May 8 in San Antonio history…

1917
The proposition to create Romana Plaza  at the north end of Soledad , which has been under discussion  by interested citizens for several years, is to have the serious consideration of the City Council, it was learned today.

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1945
The newspapers (right) confirm the rumors that Germany has surrendered. Most of San Antonio’s downtown retail stores close in celebration of V-E Day.  Torn bits of newspaper cascade from the windows of the Majestic, Woolworth and Gunter Buildings when President Truman’s 8 a.m. radio address confirms the news.  Mrs. Porfiria Estrada crawls six blocks from her home to Our Lady of Guadalupe church in gratitude that her two soldier sons’ lives were spared during the war.

1956
A local housewife named Marilyn Monroe revealed she has received numerous crackpot telephone calls because she shares the name with the curvaceous actress.

May 7 in San Antonio history…

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Abraham Wolff and Daniel Marx form a partnership and go into business together as Wolff & Marx.  They would remain one of San Antonio’s most popular mercantile stores until being purchased by competitor Joske’s in 1965.

1969
With what is being called “an $8 million experiment,” KLRN will begin broadcasting a new hour-long show in November.  The show, called “Sesame Street,” is designed to teach three-to-five year old children such things as counting, the alphabet and other elementary subjects.

2011
The Mission branch of the San Antonio Library, in the location of the Mission Drive-In theater, holds its grand opening.

May 6 in San Antonio history…

1884
The Grenet Alamo property is sold for $40,200 to Hugo & Schmeltzer (right).

1966
An artist’s concept of San Antonio’s proposed new $1,760,826 main library which will be located on the still-to-be-developed Dolorosa Plaza was revealed for the first time today at a special meeting of the Library Board. The board also was shown the artist’s concept of the new $105,000 Southeast Library Branch to be located at 1023 Ada Street.

1989
The $46.5 million library bond issue passes 41,209 to 33,367.  Now the decision will be whether to expand the current library to 200,000 square feet or build a new library at one of six proposed downtown sites.

May 5 in San Antonio history…

1731
Mission Concepcion is established.

1884
The Maverick Bank building (right), at the corner of Alamo Plaza and Houston Street, is begun.

1964
Classical radio station KMFM, owned by the Pennington family, goes on the air at 96.1 MHz broadcasting at 134 E Agarita Ave.  The Penningtons sell the station in February 1977 for $350,000.