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June 27 in San Antonio history…

A contract for the removal of the old buildings on Alamo Plaza at the site of the new opera house was about to be let.

A new bunting flag was put up over the Alamo yesterday afternoon to replace the old cotton one which was tattered and torn. It has only been within the past few months that the Texas flag has waved over the Alamo. Heretofore, the United States flag was used.

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that the assassination of Czar Nicolas II of Russia by Bolsheviks is “confirmed.” (The Czar was not assassinated until July 17).


June 17 in San Antonio history…

Men were prohibited from smoking in street cars while occupying front seats, but women were permitted to smoke anywhere in the car.

Fred Tolle, proprietor of the Stock Exchange saloon on Dolorosa street, and his phonograph are defendants in an injunction suit issued today by Fred Terrell and Sarah Hickman, owners of the Southern Hotel.    They claim that the phonograph “talks from early morning to late at night, or sings and whistles, rings bells, gives long band concerts” and reproduces the arrival and departures of passenger trains, causing disturbances to their hotel patrons.

1918 – World War I
Eight thousand men, including whites, Mexicans and negroes were taken to the Central Police Station beginning at 7 o’clock p.m. by agents of the Department of Justice, Deputy Sheriffs and officers and members of the Intelligence Department.  Of this number, 325 were held as slackers in evading military service.

March 26 in San Antonio history…

Alamo Plaza has won the location of the new Grand Opera House. It is also a prominent and strong candidate for the site of the new government building.

1918 – World War I
Twenty-two Camp Travis men who were sent to camp as deserters between March 24 and February 14 have been relieved of the charge of desertion and will be admitted to the army clear of any blight,  Maj. Gen. Henry T. Allen has announced.  In each case, the man arrested as a deserter, and who is relieved of that charge, bears a name which indicates he is of foreign extraction, either Spanish or Greek, and it is said most of them were not familiar with the draft law and did not intentionally desert.  All have agreed to serve.

Big Joe Turner entertains at Woodlake Country Club along with Guitar Slim and his Orchestra.

January 18 in San Antonio history…

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

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

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

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)

December 24 in San Antonio history…

Rt. Reverend Anthony Dominic Pelicer is installed at San Fernando Cathedral as first Bishop of San Antonio (he was buried in this cathedral April 17, 1880.)

Nearly all the bawdy houses in the city will give Christmas dinners to their “guests” and two have issued printed invitations, sending them to nearly every young man in the city.

1917 – World War I
The government has ordered that officers may no longer purchase clothing from the quartermaster’s department.  They must purchase through the open market which will more than double the cost of purchases.




December 20 in San Antonio history…

Emma Abbott is featured at the grand opening of the Grand Opera House on Alamo Plaza (right).  The Grand Opera House (later Grand Theatre) was built in 1886 and for many years was the best theatre in San Antonio. It was located at 303 Alamo Plaza. It stayed in business until the 1930′s when it closed. The Grand was razed in 1954 to make way for H. L. Green Dept. Store.

1917 – World War I
The War Department has relented and as a result many men in the army are to get a brief furlough during the holiday.  New orders have just arrived at department headquarters and also at the carious camps about San Antonio.  These orders state that any organization commanders may grant passes to not to exceed 5 percent of their commands between noon December 22 and reveille of the 26th.

WOAI-TV moves from its original studio at 1031 Navarro street, where it first signed on in 1949, to the recently renovated KABB-TV building at 4335 Northwest Loop 410. It will house both news operations and will be renamed the Sinclair Broadcast Center.

November 11 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone is laid for the City and County Hospital.

1917 – World War I
A little girl living on Monterrey Street finds some glass in some chocolate candy.  The candy is traced to a local candy dealer who gladly surrenders his stock and offers to help officers in determining the source and cause.  Charles Breniman, local chief of the San Antonio branch of the Bureau of Investigation, has been in contact with his superiors in Washington.  There is some fear that this may be a plot by German agents or traitors to this nation.

The Alamo Cenotaph is dedicated with festivities and an Armistice Day parade.

September 10 in San Antonio history…

Geronimo, along with 26 other members of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, is brought to Ft. Sam Houston after his surrender in Mexico.  He will be held here for about six weeks before being sent to Ft. Pickens in Pensacola, Florida

After thirty hours of isolation, it is reported that 1,000 to 3,000 people are dead from the massive hurricane that struck Galveston (right).  Four thousand buildings are reported destroyed, scores of vessels in the harbor are wrecked, cisterns are polluted with seawater and the city is in total darkness.

Casa de Sol, a halfway house located at 321 Frio City Road for people with a “drinking problem,” is dedicated today at 2 p.m.  The project, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, was begun to help troubled individuals “stay off the bottle.”

March 4 in San Antonio history…

Santa Anna gathers his officers for a council of war. It is decided that when the final assault in the Alamo takes place, that they will take no prisoners. The time for the assault will be determined tomorrow. Having been consolidated into two batteries, the Mexican artillery, is brought to within 200 yards of the compound. More Texian reinforcements arrive in the late hours.

The building at the “Jack Harris Corner” containing Sim Hart’s tobacco shop, the Vaudeville Theater and the Elite Restaurant is destroyed by fire.

Paula Ragusa, better known by her stage name of Paula Prentiss (right), is born in San Antonio.