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January 9 in San Antonio history…

1889
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.

1890
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.

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November 2 in San Antonio history…

1889
The city council will not attend the circus. They have a little circus of their own every Monday.

1917 – World War I
When college men attached to the 90th division, Camp Travis, go overseas and visit Paris on leave of absence, they will find a welcome awaiting them at the quarters of the American University Union, according to a memorandum issued at Camp Travis today.  It announces that the university men have rented headquarters at the Royal Palace Hotel Place du Theatre Francais, Paris.

1987
Richard Marx (right) comes to the Alamo City for the first time and plays a concert at Sneakers.  At the time of the show, his second single “Should’ve Known Better” was climbing the charts at #14.

September 16 in San Antonio history…

1889
The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

1917 – World War I
The War Department wants a name other than Camp Funston for the reserve officers’ training camp at Leon Springs and has asked Southern Department headquarters to make a selection. In turn headquarters has decided to let the peopie of San Antonio  and other places throughout this section make suggestions. The name “Camp Funston” is carried by a military camp in Kansas, and the same name being applied to the camp hare, has resulted in confusion. As a result the department decided to change the name of the camp here letting the Kansas camp retain the name in view of the fact that Kansas was the native state of the late General Funston.

2005
The Shops at La Cantera, a new mall located on 1604 West near Interstate 10, opens today.

April 21 in San Antonio history…

1889
Juan N. Seguin, in a letter to General Bee of this city, positively asserts that the charred bones and ashes of the Alamo defenders, burned by Santa Anna’s orders, were collected in an urn and deposited in a grave which the Seguin had dug inside of the cathedral of San Fernando, in front of the altar close to the railing.(from the April 21, 1889 San Antonio Light newspaper)

1917 – World War I
Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing, commander of the Southern Department, will speak tonight at the big mass meeting called at the Grand Opera House for the purpose of placing San Antonio on record as advocating President Wilson ’s universal military service plan.

1987mopac
The refurbished copper Indian is returned to his place atop the old Missouri Pacific depot downtown.  Castroville blacksmith Alan Lewis restored the Indian after it was found battered and bent in a nearby field when vandals removed it five years ago.

March 25 in San Antonio history…

1838
The city limits are fixed at “one league in every direction from the city church (San Fernando).”

1889
Mrs. Andrea Castanon de Villanueva, alias Candelaria, petitions for a pension as being the last survivor of the Fall of the Alamo.

1917 – World War I
The San Antonio Light carries a large headline stating, “PREPARATIONS FOR WAR BEING PUSHED.”

November 15 in San Antonio history…

1889
Justice McAllister is holding an inquest in the death of Billy Ellis at the Silver King saloon yesterday morning. There are 15 witnesses to examine and it will take practically all day.

1945
D. A. “Jelly” Bryce, in charge of the San Antonio office of the FBI, is featured in a LIFE magazine pictorial demonstrating his quick-draw technique.  Bryce can drop a silver dollar from shoulder height with his right hand, draw his pistol with the same hand and shoot the dollar before it hits the ground.  Bryce took over as FBI chief here one year ago.

1964
The Express-News has acquired a new FCC-approved radio system to allow their reporters to communicate stories on-scene back to the news office.  “The Handie-Talkie is strapped to his belt and weighs no more than a photographer’s strobe light battery,” the article gushed.  “No other San Antonio newspaper, radio or TV station has a portable system like it.”

September 16 in San Antonio history…

1889
The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

1930
The Prospect Hill library opens at 1 p.m. today at 2322 Buena Vista. Mrs. Mary Walthall will be the librarian at the branch.  The library will be open every day except Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

1963
John F. Kennedy High school opens.  It was slated to open on Sept.3 but was delayed due to a construction strike.

March 25 in San Antonio history…

1838
The city limits are fixed at “one league in every direction from the city church (San Fernando).”

1889
Mrs. Andrea Castanon de Villanueva, alias Candelaria, petitions for a pension as being the last survivor of the Fall of the Alamo.

1976
An escaped 400-pound lion sparked an impromptu safari early today, terrorizing residents of a cluster of homes just south of the Bexar County line before its recapture five hours later.

September 16 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
London reports that British casualties in the Dardanelles during the Gallipoli campaign total 87,630 with the number killed at 17,608.

1889
The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

1930
The Prospect Hill library opens at 1 p.m. today at 2322 Buena Vista. Mrs. Mary Walthall will be the librarian at the branch.  The library will be open every day except Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

April 21 in San Antonio history…

1889
Juan N. Seguin, in a letter to General Bee of this city, positively asserts that the charred bones and ashes of the Alamo defenders, burned by Santa Anna’s orders, were collected in an urn and deposited in a grave which the Seguin had dug inside of the cathedral of San Fernando, in front of the altar close to the railing.(from the April 21, 1889 San Antonio Light newspaper)

1944
Texas Governor Coke Stevenson speaks to a crowd of 10,000 for the annual Alamo Pilgrimage, saying , “Occasions like this make people realize more than ever the struggles and sacrifices necessary to achieve a great and purposeful aim such as a war for right and justice.”

1948
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was resting in his St. Anthony Hotel suite today after arriving in this city to participate in the Fiesta de San Jacinto. Yesterday he recessed to Houston to receive the Battleship Texas as the flagship of the Texas Navy.