Category Archives: Texana

July 12 in San Antonio history…

The Texas state board of health report for the week ending July 6 indicates that San Antonio is no longer the center of the polio outbreak in Texas.  In that week, Dallas has 11 polio cases, Tarrant County had 10 and San Antonio only 4.

Architects unveiled before the HemisFair executive committee completed designs and scale-model photographs of the proposed Institute of Texan Cultures.

The team of Johnson, Dempsey & Associates, Legorreta Architects and Davis Sprinkle are chosen in a design competition for the new 180,000 Central Library to be construction on the site of the Sears building on Romana Plaza.

July 11 in San Antonio history…

Jack Harris is shot by Ben Thompson in the saloon at “Jack Harris’ corner”.   This incident will spark a feud that will culminate in the assassination of Ben Thompson and King Fisher in the same building on March 11, 1884.

A 24-year old married woman becomes the city’s 80th polio victim.

A pilot from Randolph Air Force Base makes an unauthorized flight in an AT-6 Texan airplane and loses control, crashing into a house and apartment complex in the 600 block of Elmira Street, killing an elderly woman along with the himself.

July 10 in San Antonio history…

The first African-American polio victim in San Antonio is reported – a young private at Randolph Field who was admitted to Brooke General Hospital.

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The Hays Street Bridge (right) reopens to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

A solemn observance at the Alamo today marks the end of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas’ 110-year custodianship of the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

July 9 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio today paid its last respects to the late Mayor Bryan Callaghan. Thousands visited the Callaghan home on Crockett St., where the body lay in state, and viewed the features of the man who for nearly a score of years held the highest executive office in the Alamo City.

The polio count climbs to 79 with three more admissions to Robert B. Green hospital, a 7-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 2 year-old girl.

Crews begin cutting down nine live oaks on Houston Street today to make way for downtown’s first Embassy Suites.

July 8 in San Antonio history…

Despondent over the drowning death of his only son nearly four years earlier, Alexander Joske fatally shoots himself. In mourning, Mayor John W. Tobin honored the merchant and community leader and ordered city flags flown at half–staff. Joske Brothers Company closed for two days, while throughout the Southwest people remembered Joske as a pioneer merchant who had played a key role in transforming Texas retailing industry by leading the change from 19th century dry goods stores to the modern department store of the 20th century.

Postmaster Dan Quill suggested San Antonians take a last look at the old post office as crews would begin razing it soon to make way for the new building.

The polio ban test case against Playland Park owner Jimmy Johnson was “indefinitely postponed” today when City Attorney T. D. Cobbs stated that he was not prepared.  Dr. E. J. Arendt, acting city director of public health, expressed his opposition to the polio ban by saying, “What’s the use of having a ban if we can’t enforce it?  We are the laughing stock of the city.”

July 7 in San Antonio history…

A hearing has been set for 10 a.m. tomorrow in Corporation Court for Jimmy Johnson, owner of Playland Park, for defying the polio ban on children 15 years and younger.  Court attachés say that Charles Haltom, city prosecutor, has been unable to find any law under which Johnson can be prosecuted, however.

Eric Brendler, manager of Interstate’s Broadway theater, advises that 178 sets of twins, ranging from 5 to 65 years, responded to the newspaper announcement that the town’s twins would be admitted free to see Walt Disney’s “The Parent Trap” on opening day. The picture is now going into a second week.

The huge B-52 aircraft that launched most of the X-15 rockets in pioneer United States space efforts arrived at Kelly Air Force Base today for modifications that will make it useful in the 1979 space shuttle and the Pioneer-Venus programs. No. 0008 is the oldest of the B-52 aircraft still flying. The plane will undergo $272,000 worth of maintenance and updating inspection at Kelly, an Air Force spokesman said. Officials said the B-52 would be instrumental in preparing for the space shuttle by taking the shuttle craft up 100,000 feet (27 miles) and jettisoning two engines of the craft to float to earth under 120-feet diameter parachutes.

July 6 in San Antonio history…

Singer Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees perform at the Olmos Dinner Club.

If he is arrested for defying the city health board’s polio ban by opening the Highland Terrace Methodist church to children 14 years and under, Rev. Wood H. Patrick, pastor, says he will personally investigate the reported polio cases and obtain affidavits that some of the illnesses are other than polio.

A U.S. Backruptcy Court judge in New York dissolves all contracts and leases held by Frost Bros. and instructs the defunct retailer to vacate all property by next Friday, July 14.  This effectively ends Frost Bros. nearly 72 year history of high-fashion retailing in San Antonio.

July 5 in San Antonio history…

There is talk of another light company here asking for the city franchise.  This time it is proposed to cut the price of light in half and give the company to the city after five years.

Just after noon, money began raining down upon the holiday crowd near the Federal Building on Alamo Plaza.  Bills of $1,000, $500 and smaller denominations had been transferred from the Federal Reserve Bank to the incinerator in the Federal Building and had escaped up the air vent. City detectives and Secret Service agents recovered most of the marked currency.

The San Antonio Independent School District was going ahead with plans to integrate white and Negro pupils in the city’s public school system.

July 4 in San Antonio history…

Despite being arrested yesterday for violating the city’s polio ban, James F. “Jimmie” Johnson, owner of Playland Park, said that he would open again today.  The city’s ban prohibits children under 14 from attending public places.  Johnson said, “I told [them] that I have been and am willing to co-operate as long as the ban is enforced downtown and in other places.  But, I also told them that I was not going to be the victim of discrimination and permit myself to be the only one to stay closed.”

Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson, stopping in San Antonio to visit his son, Chapman, at Lackland AFB, will deliver an address Sunday morning at Jefferson High School.

The City Planning Commission detailed plans for a traffic loop encircling the central business district of San Antonio and an outer loop encircling the county.

July 3 in San Antonio history…

Another polio case is reported in the city, bringing the epidemic total to 71 cases for the year.  Chlorination of the water supply north of Hildebrand Avenue and West of McCullough has been ordered by the city water board due to detected contamination.

The Nat “King” Cole Trio plays a concert in the Municipal Auditorium (right).

Natural Bridge Caverns opens to the public.