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August 14 in San Antonio history…

1895
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.

1906
The S. A. and A. P. railroad will run a spur line to the 17,000-acre target range and maneuver ground, near Leon Springs, which the government has recently been acquiring. In event of any practice at this place there will then be ample facilities for the trans­portation of troops. The “Sap’s” engineer is now at work figuring out the route, and it is expected the work on the short line will be begun at an early date.

1917 – World War I
Colonel Malvern-Hill Barnum, chief of staff of the Southern Department of the Army, made the announcement today that the name Camp Kelly, used informally for years, is now officially Kelly Field.  The government is designating all its aviation posts as fields and not camps, so Camp Kelly must go.

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June 24 in San Antonio history…

1895
St. Louis College graduates its first class – a graduating class of two. [St. Mary’s downtown college merged with St. Louis college in 1921.]

1917 – World War I
Thomas A. Carr, general superintendent, and J. G. Woods, assistant superintendent for the Stone-Webster Company of Boston, reached San Antonio last night to begin actual construction
at Camp Wilson on the army cantonment which is to house the 40.000 troops to be brought here September I for training.

1954
Three of the six youths charged with burning the city’s 80-foot Christmas tree on Alamo Plaza last New year were fined $25 and costs by Judge McCollum Burnett.

March 28 in San Antonio history…

1876
“The police look well their new uniforms – much more respectable in appearance than formerly – but the wearing of a rough pistol outside the neat blue suit is in very bad taste.” – San Antonio Daily Express newspaper.

1895
The Battle of Flowers Association began organizing the annual San Jacinto Day parade.

1917 – World War I
Orders were issued today by the War Department calling all National Guard units which have partially demobilized back into the Federal service. The order applies also to troops demobilized within the last few days which the department understood to still be in the Federal service w hen the previous orders were issued.

October 6 in San Antonio history…

1895
A local police officer held a midnight seance in the Alamo.

1955jazz
The “Jazz at the Philharmonic” show (featuring jazz heavyweights such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Gene Krupa and Oscar Peterson) at Municipal Auditorium is spoiled by antics of two young men who try to beat up an off-duty policeman during the concert.  Promoter Norman Granz has to plead with the audience three times, twice to ask them to refrain from smoking and once to ask the crowd not to yell or whistle during Ella Fitzgerald’s performance.  One of the songs is facetiously introduced as “The Last Time We Played San Antonio Blues.”  Along with the unruly behavior, poor ticket sales (a reported 200 people) move Granz to not bring the series to San Antonio again.

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

August 14 in San Antonio history…

1895
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.

1917
Colonel Malvern-Hill Barnum, chief of staff of the Southern Department of the Army, made the announcement today that the name Camp Kelly, used informally for years, is now officially Kelly Field.  The government is designating all its aviation posts as fields and not camps, so Camp Kelly must go.

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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…

1917
After its selection training site for the Ninetieth (Texas-Oklahoma) Division of the army, Camp Wilson is renamed Camp Travis, in honor of Alamo hero William B. Travis.

1938texans
“The Texans” starring Randolph Scott, Joan Bennett and Walter Brennan, has its world premiere at the Majestic Theater (right).

1995
The Texans, San Antonio’s new Canadian Football League franchise, lose their home opener in the Alamodome to the Baltimore Stallions, 28-23.

June 24 in San Antonio history…

1895
St. Louis College graduates its first class – a graduating class of two.  St. Louis College received junior college status from the State of Texas that same year and merged with St. Mary’s College in 1923.

1941
Close on the heels of a state law authorizing expenditures of $1500 for maintenance and improvements, a crew of ten men are doing clean-up work today on the 18-acre San Jose park. I. A. Hirsch, project supervisor, said the job would require about three weeks.   “It undoubtedly will take several years to complete preservation and restoration of the mission,” said Frank D. Quinn, executive secretary of the Texas State Parks Board.

1949
Trinity Baptist Church is founded at Manor Drive Baptist Church.  E.J. Robinson is guest speaker at tomorrow’s services which will be held at the Will Rogers School in 4100 block of San Pedro.

2002
Sebastian’s “Torch of Friendship/La Antorcha de la Amistad” is dedicated at the corner of Commerce and Alamo streets.  It was presented to the city as a gift from the Mexican government.

March 28 in San Antonio history…

1895
The Battle of Flowers Association began organizing the annual San Jacinto Day parade.

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The new Magnolia gas station at Broadway and the Austin Highway opens for business (photo, right, taken in 2011).

1996
John Prine performs at Floore Country Store in Helotes.

August 1 in San Antonio history…

1892
The telephone exchange switchboard was fired by the lightning last night during the storm, but was extinguished by the operators in fine style.

1895
The San Antonio division of the Southern Pacific Railroad was disbanded.

1945
The San Antonio Public Library purchases a rare first edition King James Bible and other rare books with money donated by the estate of Harry Hertzberg.

July 19 in San Antonio history…

1869 
The Old Lewis mill is stopped. For nearly 20 years this mill had supplied ground corn to San Antonio.

1885
San Antonio began keeping weather statistics in 1885.  On this day in that year, the temperature dropped to 65 and it’s still the record low.

1907
With 168 automobiles registered in the city engineer’s office, it is believed that San Antonio has more autos than any other Texas city.

1975
The San Antonio Wings of the World Football League play their first home game at Alamo Stadium – an exhibition game against the Memphis Southmen.  The Wings win, 7-0.