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August 10 in San Antonio history…

1866
The Treue der Union (“Loyalty to the Union”) monument in Comfort, Texas is dedicated to commemorate the pro-Union soldiers killed at the Battle of the Nueces on August 10, 1862.  The monument remains as the only German-language monument to the Union in the South where the remains of those killed in battle are buried, and where an 1866 thirty-six star American flag flies at half-staff.

1896
Two men raced the San Antonio and Aransas Pass passenger train a half-mile yesterday on their bicycles and beat the train by several wheel lengths. The train was flying along at 35 miles per hour.

1908
A force of men is today removing the cannons which were unearthed on the Gibbs property at Houston and Avenue D. The largest is to be taken to the Alamo, the next to Col. Gibbs and the other three to the Mavericks.

 

April 7 in San Antonio history…

1896
The San Antonio City Council passes an ordinance making it “unlawful for any person to interfere in any manner with any other person or persons engaged in forming or proceeding with a procession or parade for legal purpose on the streets or plazas of San Antonio.”  The fine for violation is set for not more than twenty-five dollars.

1924
Bible reading exercises, made mandatory by action of the School Board, started the day in all San Antonio schools.

1947
A nationwide telephone strike begins at 6 a.m.  1,300 members of the telephone workers union are off the job in San Antonio. Local phone service on the dial system will not be affected until the lack of maintenance work causes breakdowns, it was pointed out by Paul West, district manager of the Southwestern Bell Company. How long this will be is anybody’s guess. A supervisory force is manning switchboards, West said, and is prepared to handle a limited number of long-distance and other calls requiring an operator. He urged telephone users to avoid all such as far as possible.

1947 – SPW – 2019

March 25 in San Antonio history…

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

1896
An old grant, it has been discovered, gives the Alamo property nine more feet on the south side of the structure than it now occupies.

1983
The Convention Center Arena hosts a concert with Prince, The Time and Vanity 6.

December 22 in San Antonio history…

1896
Queen Liliuokalani, of the Hawaiian Islands, passes through San Antonio on her way to Boston.

1966
The City Council today approved a contract for the construction of a 622-foot tower for HemisFair 1968 and sold $5.5 million in bonds to pay for the structure.

1967
The final pre-cast and furnished room (of 496) is flown into place on the 20th floor of the Palacio Del Rio Hotel.  Placement of the last room was scheduled for January 5, but H. B. Zachry’s crews became so adept at hoising the 35-ton concrete rooms the “last flight” was moved up.

September 24 in San Antonio history…

1896
The city brewery is repairing several blocks of River [now Broadway] on its own account since the street was so full of holes their big wagon could not get out.

1918 – World War I
Col. Alexander Weatherill, chief of staff of the 18th division, Camp Travis, contradicts an Associated Press report from Washington that states that there is influenza in Camp Travis, saying, “Such [a] report is not only not substantiated by facts, but is positively dangerous to the morale of the camp.”

1974
“Thunder” is selected from over 1,500 entries for San Antonio’s new North American Soccer League team.  Mike Boyle is named General Manager of the team.  He was previously GM of the San Antonio Brewers.

August 5 in San Antonio history…

1896
The Alamo souvenir booth has been closed for the summer months, as the keep says the times are too hard for people to buy patriotic emblems, etc.

1918 – World War I
A new order to save fuel, already in effect in most places, becomes operative here tonight.  The order requires that street lights be kept to a minimum and that lights for display and illumination of business houses be reduced to absolute necessity.  It designates Monday and Tuesday nights each week as “lightless nights.”

1922
San Antonio’s first radio station (WJAE) begins broadcasting, but lasts only a few months.

 

May 14 in San Antonio history…

1716
The Spanish Council of War approves a site on the San Antonio River for a fortified presidio. The Domingo Ramon expedition, accompanied by the trader St. Denis from Louisiana (who had come to the site two years previously), established a presidio on the river at what is now San Pedro Park. This same council also approves the request by Father Olivares to establish a mission near the site.

1896
The Gonzales Telephone company made connection with San Antonio today, over the wires of the Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph company.  The event was celebrated at the Telephone Exchange on Travis street.  Guests were invited to attach themselves to several receivers and transmitters and when this was done the Seguin office was called and the charming operator there, Miss Kate Zorn, daughter of the mayor, was heard singing “Sweet Bunch of Daisies” as though she was close at hand.

1918 – World War I
James F. Atkins of Hubbard City, Texas, a flying cadet taking training at Kelly Field, is in the base hospital at Fort Sam Houston, suffering from injuries received in an airplane accident which occurred on the Pleasanton road Monday afternoon.  The cause of the accident is given in the report issued by the flying department, Kelly Field, as a tail spin from a height of 500 feet.

April 28 in San Antonio history…

1896
The City Council declined to re-establish the chili stands on Alamo Plaza despite petitions from citizens.  Also, the council awarded the contract for putting a roof on the Alamo to D. Lehr for $285.  This does not include the replacing of dirt roofs on parts of the building.

1918 – World War I
More than 3,000 draftees from Texas and Oklahoma, vanguard of a force of 10,000 which is to be mobilized at Camp Travis within the next five days, passed through the receiving station yesterday.  The number is the greatest to report to the camp on a single day since its establishment more than seven months ago.

1960
Joske’s closes the Chuckwagon and Camelia Room restaurants when African-American customers ask for service there.

April 7 in San Antonio history…

1896
The San Antonio City Council passes an ordinance making it “unlawful for any person to interfere in any manner with any other person or persons engaged in forming or proceeding with a procession or parade for legal purpose on the streets or plazas of San Antonio.”  The fine for violation is set for not more than twenty-five dollars.

1918 – World War I
Additional details of the plans of the government to erect a hospital at Kelly Field became known to the effect that the institution is to accommodate all fields in the Department of the South.

1980
The Federal Courthouse on Durango Street is renamed the John H. Wood, Jr. U. S. Courthouse in honor of slain U. S. District Judge John H. Wood who was assassinated in May 29, 1979.  U. S. Senator John Tower and U. S. Representative Tom Loeffler speak at the dedication ceremony in the courthouse rotunda.

April 5 in San Antonio history…

1896
A petition is being circulated to have the chile stands removed to Alamo Plaza.  The petition will be presented to City Council.

1918 – World War I
San Antonio has been asked to cancel the permits under which the chili and hamburger stands are allowed to operate here by Dr. C. H. Gardner, Major in the United States Public Health Service.  Mayor Bell and Commissioner Lambert held that as the chili stands of San Antonio have long been one of its picturesque features, he would not take such drastic action.  He suggested that instead of abolishing them, the city would arrange to assign the chili vendor stands either to Alamo or Market Plaza.

1949
The San Antonio Transit Co.  has accepted a bid from the junior college board of $142,500 for its San Pedro Ave. property, W. W. McAllister, board president, said today. The land will be used as a site for a new junior college. Formerly used by the transit company as a terminal, the property covers two city blocks.