October 12 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The men at Camp Travis are to carry wooden rifles, due to the inability to obtain real rifles for bayonet and other practice, resulting in a decision to equip the infantry brigades with wooden guns. An order has been placed for many thousands.of these make-believe weapons and before many days pass the men will be engaged in fencing, and bayonet practice using the wooden guns.
They will also be provided long round sticks on one end of which is a small rope tied into a knot. This is used as a defense stick in connection with bayonet practice.

1939
Restoration on La Villita is begun with O’Neil Ford as architect.

1960
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy makes a campaign stop in San Antonio. Kennedy told the crowd gathered in front of the Alamo, “In 1960, the cause of all mankind is the cause of all Americans.”

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October 11 in San Antonio history…

1937
San Antonio’s new federal building and post office opens on Alamo Plaza.  Ralph Cameron, a San Antonian, was architect and A. W Kutsch and Sons of Detroit were general contractors. The contract price was $1,768.510.93 but with extras which included features of the building cut out of the original plans and replaced, total cost of the building when entirely completed will aggregate approximately $2,225,000.

1979
Dillards opens a new 180,000 square-foot store at Ingram Mall.

1984
The Go-Go’s play Convention Center Arena.  A Flock of Seagulls opens the show.

 

October 10 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Ed Raymond, manager of the Majestic Theater, established a record today for the sale of Liberty Bonds in Bexar County which it is believed will stand as a record for any part of Texas.  He sold twenty-four fifty-dollar bonds in just twenty-four minutes and declared he could have kept up the pace had he not exhausted his list of customers.  Every bond buyer is a patron of the theater and the two dozen patriotic men and women did not hesitate to make a purchase when asked if they wanted to subscribe to the war fund.

1972
National Bank of Commerce installs the city’s first automatic teller machine (ATM)(right).

1973
The Spurs play their very first regular season ABA game against the San Diego Conquistadors.  San Diego erupted for 48 points in the final quarter, storming back from a deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to claim a 121-106 victory over the Spurs. San Antonio blew a 77-73 lead coming into the final quarter.

 

October 9 in San Antonio history…

1937
Completing moving operations 36 hours ahead of schedule, the San Antonio post office department was firmly settled in its new $1,800,000 building at 3 p. m. today.  Postmaster Dan Quill had the distinction of mailing the firstair mall letter. He dropped it in the slot at exactly 2:01 p. m. He did not reveal its destination.

1955
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus performs under the big top in San Antonio for the last time.  All future performances will be in existing coliseums and stadiums.

1956
Presidential candidate Richard Nixon makes campaign speech in San Antonio and places a wreath at the Alamo.
San Antonians interested in politics went to the Alamo to hear him speak.  Sports fans were too busy talking about Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series the night before.

October 8 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
A tract of land directly south of San Antonio comprising approximately 1600 acres is being assembled by a committee from the Chamber of Commerce for submission to the War Department as a site for a new aviation field.  This new tract is about six miles away from Kelly Field and directly south of the city.  It is bounded on the north by the Upson Road, on the east by the Southton Road and on the west by the Goliad Road.

1926
The Witte Museum is opened to the public.

1929
“It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”
Richter’s Bakery begins advertising sliced Butter Krust bread along with the traditionally unsliced loaves.

October 7 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Brigadier generals, colonels, majors, captains and lieutenants, old and young were included in a hard drilling which Maj. J. H. Kohler, master physical instructor at West Point, conducted at Camp Travis this morning.  More than 1,225 officers participated in the setting up exercise which loosened up stiff joins and set their blood to tingling.

1966
HemisFair President Marshall Steves today hailed congressional passage of the $7.5 million fair bill as “unquestionably, the most significant single development in our history to date.”

1982
Noise To Go, featuring Nick Lowe and Paul Carrack, plays the Bonham Exchange.  Claude Morgan & the Blast open the show.

 

October 6 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Mayes Electric Wonder baseball board used last year at the Grand Opera House will be used by the Empire Theater to “watch” the World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants.

1968
HemisFair ’68 comes to a close with a final total of 6,384, 482 attendees.

1992
The Hearst Corp. announces it will purchase the Express-News for $185 million in cash and the San Antonio Light newspaper will be sold.

 

 

October 5 in San Antonio history…

1873
Renovations to San Fernando are completed and the cathedral is reopened.  However, the second tower will not be finished until 1902.

1917 – World War I
The soldier from Graceville, Minnesota who wrote and wanted to wager with the “Home Folks” editor of the San Antonio Light that a former citizen of his home town couldn’t be found in San Antonio was trying to make a very bad bet.  His challenge was printed in The Light yesterday afternoon and this morning a message came to the editor that B. Morris residing at 212 Taft Boulevard would like to have the soldier call on him and have a chat about affairs in Graceville, as he formerly resided near there and knows a number of residents of the Minnesota town.

1968
Attendees of Hemisfair ’68 are entertained by the sounds of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in the Hemisfair Theater for the Performing Arts.

 

October 4 in San Antonio history…

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Camp Travis is to supplant Camp Funston, Leon Springs, as a training school for officers of the reserve corps, and the camp at Leon Springs is to be utilized for other military purposes.  Just what use will be made of the reservation has not been made public.

1956
The new Twin Screen Suburban Outdoor Theater opens at Loop 13 and Highway 90 East.

1957
Buddy Holly & the Crickets make their only San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium with “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’57.” Along with the Crickets, the bill includes: Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, The Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Eddie Cochran, The Diamonds, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen and Paul Anka (right). The concert of many rock and roll stars was probably overshadowed with the news that the Soviet Union had launched an artificial “star” that day – Sputnik.

October 3 in San Antonio history….

1917 – World War I
It is possible that Kelly Field No. 3 and No. 4 may never be built as planned and that instead about 18,000 acres of land on the opposite side of San Antonio may be obtained for the location of the two camps.  This was made known at the headquarters of Kelly Field this afternoon.

1918
Police Chief Lancaster said the Barnum and Bailey Circus has been notified that it would not be permitted to show here Saturday. Reason is there is fear it will aggravate the spread of influenza throughout the city.

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H.E.B. opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.