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September 27 in San Antonio history…

Lt.  Francisco de Castañeda and 100 Mexican dragoons leave San Antonio to retrieve a cannon from Gonzales.  The cannon had been given to the settlers in 1831 for protection from the Indians.  The citizens refuse to give up the cannon and Castaneda, outmanned and outgunned, withdraws to San Antonio.

August Siemering and H. Pollmar begin publishing the San Antonio Express (right) as a weekly with a subscription price of $6 a year. It’s printed on the press of Siemering’s other paper, the German-language Freie Presse für Texas, in offices at 138 E. Commerce St. The paper is tabloid-size with five-column pages and advertising on the front. The first editor is Judge William E. “Fiery” Jones.

The San Antonio City Council was admonished by newspapers in other Texas cities for failing to maintain the Alamo.

September 22 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Express receives the first exclusive new dispatches over the newly connected military telegraph line at Ft. Sam Houston. (Wednesday was actually the 22nd of Sept. in 1875.)

An estimated $350 total damage was inflicted on the Lucchese & Bros. boot and shoe store when a fire broke out in the shop.

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents a gala dinner with award-winning stage and screen actress Rita Moreno, who gives an intimate glimpse into her career in “My Life With Words & Music.”

August 14 in San Antonio history…

Ground is broken for the main building of Our Lady of the Lake Academy.  Originally, the name was to be “St. Mary’s of the Lake” but Bishop Forest persuaded Mother Florence that there were so many St. Mary’s in San Antonio that another name might be more appropriate.  With that, the name was changed to Our Lady of the Lake.

City Council decided today to increase parking meter rates.  The new ordinance will require 20 cents for an hour of parking time, instead of the current price of 10 cents.

Workers spend five hours removing the 4,000-pound marquee from the Texas Theater (right) only to have it bend and crumble due to structural rust.  The marquee was due to have been donated to the Institute of Texan Cultures.

July 15 in San Antonio history…

Workmen began clearing out debris left in the Alamo after its use during the Civil War as a quartermaster storage barn.

A Southern Pacific passenger train coming into this city from Houston made the last 57 miles between Luling and San Antonio at the rate of a mile a minute.  One of the passengers said, “Why,  I couldn’t count the telegraph poles!”

For 10 years there has been no regular police force in San Antonio.  This came to light yesterday when it was revealed that none of the men employed in that period have been confirmed by the city commission as required by the city charter.

July 13 in San Antonio history…

Staacke Brothers warned San Antonians to “beware of quacks” and buy nothing but Studebaker wagons for fine transportation.

Seven local polio cases, the largest number ever recorded in one day in San Antonio, were reported by the City Health Department. None of the victims, all children, has received the Salk vaccine.

San Antonio Independent School District votes to integrate beginning in the fall.

March 30 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone was laid for the new Beethoven Hall opposite the German-English school on South Alamo.

The Dallas Times Herald said today that a San Antonio group has reached satisfactory terms for purchase of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. The newspaper said the sale price is around $1 million and is expected to be announced over the weekend if the ABA approves.

Sea World features Contemporary Christian artists Michael W. Smith and DC Talk.

January 24 in San Antonio history…

Mayoral candidate Bryan Callaghan ordered a boycott of The Light newspaper for its attacks on him.

Firemen estimate losses at $200,000 in a fire which destroyed L. Wolfson’s clothing store on Main Plaza.  It will be destroyed by fire again and for good on Oct. 1, 2011.
(right, photo courtesy Maria Watson Pfeiffer)

Canned Heat and the Grass Roots play a concert in the Hemisfair Theater for the Performing Arts with Bubble Puppy opening the show.  It was the second and final appearance in San Antonio for Canned Heat.

November 24 in San Antonio history…

A city prisoner, working in the Alamo, dug up a part of a human skull beneath the floor of the room in which Davy Crockett died. It is believed the skull belonged to a defender of the Alamo.

Tex Beneke and the Modernaires play the Convention Center Banquet Hall with “A Salute to Glenn Miller.”

Chris Marrou retires after 36 years as anchor of KENS Channel 5.

July 24 in San Antonio history…

A new bell for Madison Square Presbyterian Church was formally dedicated in ceremonies at the parsonage.

1918 – World War I
The city is planning to acquire West End Lake and a considerable tract of land surrounding it for park purposes.

Women will be put on the police force if a petition that will come before the city council is favorably acted upon by the committee on fire and police.  The petition, signed by six prominent San Antonio women, was presented to Mayor Richter.

July 4 in San Antonio history….

The San Antonio and Lone Star breweries presented kegs of beer to patients at the City Hospital.

1918 – World War I
Expressing the hospitality of San Antonio for the man in uniform, the new Community House behind the Alamo was formally opened last night with a reception to the post commandants and officers of all camps in and around the city, sponsored by the War Service Board and civic organizations.

San Antonio’s plans for a Bicentennial parade are drenched by 1.5 inches of rain that falls just before the parade is due to start.  Bill Roth, parade chairman, said that 40 to 50 of the expected 300 entrants did not show up for the parade, predicted to be the largest in San Antonio history.