January 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
A plan of reorganization, that makes Kelly Field into an even more efficient machine for converting recruit units into trained aero squadrons, was put into operation at the field this morning.  By it, the first training brigade will receive the men as they arrive off the train, test them for trades and organize them into squadrons.  In the second training brigade, they will be given intensive training, and as the call comes for men overseas, they will be sent from the camp completely equipped and trained.

San Antonio drivers are dismayed as the speed limit drops to the federally-mandated 55 mph at one minute after midnight.  The limit will remain at the “double-nickel” until Congress lifted all federal speed limit controls in the November 28, 1995, National Highway Designation Act, returning all speed limit determination authority to the states effective December 8, 1995.

The Balcones Heights shopping mall built as Wonderland Mall in 1960, renamed Crossroads Mall in 1987, changes its name again to “Wonderland of the Americas.”


January 13 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone of St. Mary’s Catholic Church is laid.

The Household Furniture Store at 214-16 West Commerce was completely destroyed by fire last night.  The estimated loss is between $60,000 and $70,000.  The building is owned by Haas and Oppenheimer.  Arson is suspected.

Joske’s buys out longtime department store rival Wolff & Marx.

January 12 in San Antonio history…

The Hertzberg Circus Collection debuts at the San Antonio Public Library.

“Batman,” starring Adam West and Burt Ward, premieres on KONO-TV Channel 12 at 6:30 p.m. opposite “The Virginian” and “Lost in Space.”

1985 – SNOW!
Just after midnight, it began to snow in San Antonio.  It snowed all night and most of the next day, finally dropping a record 13 inches of the white stuff on the Alamo City.  The previous record was 4.7 inches on January 30, 1949.

January 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The charges of laxity in enforcing the laws against vice made against Police Chief Lancaster in the hearing conducted before the city commission yesterday were sustained and the chief was reinstated by unanimous voted of the mayor and commissioners this morning.

1954>January 11 in San Antonio history...
San Antonio today mourned the death of one of its most prominent citizens. Edgar Tobin, WWI flying ace, who with 11 other persons was killed yesterday in a Louisiana plane crash while returning from a hunting trip.

San Antonio receives a snowfall officially measured by the National Weather Service at less than one inch but there are accumulations of two and a half inches in some areas.

January 10 in San Antonio history…

The telephone booth placed on the south end of Alamo Plaza by the hackmen was removed yesterday in compliance with the order of the council.

1918 – World War I
Approximately 15,000 books are now at the service of the men of Camp Travis, according to J. F. Marson, librarian of the Camp Travis Library.  The library, which was erected by the American Library Association, is still waiting on equipment to enable it to function at full capacity.  In the meantime, books are being distributed by the YMCA along with the library in camp.

1954Express & News
The staffs of the San Antonio Express (morning) and San Antonio News (afternoon) publish their first combined paper, the San Antonio Express & News Sunday Edition.  The two newspapers will officially merge 30 years later, in 1984.

January 9 in San Antonio history…

Demolition begins on the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 324 Soledad. The church was the first Protestant church in the city, dedicated in 1853 as the Paine Methodist Episcopal Church.

The cornerstone is laid for the new Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

1918 – World War I
The color line has been drawn at the third officer’s reserve training school, Camp Stanley, as to quarters, mess and instruction.  Negro student officers will be quartered in barracks separate from the whites, will be given separate mess and will be instructed separately.  Their quarters will be just as comfortable, their mess just as good and their instruction just as efficient as that given the white students.

January 8 in San Antonio history…

In a brief telegram authorized by Mr. Andrew Carnegie, directed to Mrs. D. F. Ainsworth, president of the San Antonio Public Library; Mr. Carnegie offers to give the sum of $50,000 for the establishment of a library here, provided the city will supply an isolated site for a building and $5,000 yearly for the maintenance of the institution. The formal proposition embodying the conditions usually imposed by Mr. Carnegie in such cases has been forwarded by mail and may be expected soon.

World War I – January 8, 1918:
On this day 1918, President Woodrow Wilson announced his Fourteen Points, which would serve as the basis for peace in November 1918. With the Fourteen Points, Wilson sought to break the will of the Central Powers to fight by promising a just peace that would guarantee national independence and self-determination for all peoples involved in the war.

The legendary Eastwood Country Club on San Antonio’s East Side is destroyed by fire.  Eastwood hosted many legendary performers through the years, such as Etta James, the Drifters, Bo Diddley, Bobby Blue Bland, Fats Domino, Bill Doggett, Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner and, of course, Miss Wiggles. (Photo from the San Antonio Register.)

January 7 in San Antonio history…

The first passenger train to Floresville went out over the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.

As a result of injuries sustained in a fall from a window of the St. Anthony Hotel yesterday morning about 4 o’clock, Henry Lee Borden, 39 years old, prominent lawyer of Houston, died this morning at a local sanitarium.  John T. Crotty, also of Houston, who shared the hotel room with Judge Borden, gave it as his belief that Borden, half awake, mistook the window opening for a door and walked out, falling before he could catch his balance.

The first talking picture is shown as a press premiere at the Aztec Theater:  ”Don Juan” starring John Barrymore (right)

January 6 in San Antonio history…

Boerne State Bank opens for business.  It is purchased by San Antonio’s National Bank of Commerce on February 7, 1986.  It is converted to a national bank under the name NBC Bank – Boerne on April 30, 1988.

The San Antonio Light features an illustration of the new Central Trust Building (right) designed by Atlee Ayers to be located at the corner of Navarro and Houston Streets.  It will be completed later this year at a cost of $500,000.  (It’s still there.)

The 52-year-old Municipal Auditorium (now the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts) is gutted by fire. The cause of the blaze is attributed to a discarded cigarette.

January 5 in San Antonio history…

The Delaware Punch Company of Texas opens their new bottling facility at San Marcos and Granado Streets.

REO Speedwagon and Survivor play Convention Center Arena.

San Antonian Nathan Ross Chapman is the first soldier killed in action in the Afghanistan war.