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March 12 in San Antonio history…

1887
The first San Antonio & Aransas Pass train leaves San Antonio for Boerne. The trip takes three hours and a ticket costs 95 cents. The train returns to San Antonio the following day.

1902
The police report shows an average of 10 dogs a day have been killed for some time past as a result of the prevalent hydrophobia (rabies).

2015
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush terminates the 110-year custodianship of the Alamo by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

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February 23 in San Antonio history…

1861
The Referendum on Secession takes place and Texans head to the polls to vote.  Bexar County votes to secede, 827 to 709.  Nearby counties of Blanco, Gillespie, Medina and Uvalde do not.

1867
The Beethoven Männerchor (German singing society) is organized.

1902
E. Raba, the photographer in S. Alamo, badly burned his hand in the premature explosion of powder while making a flashlight picture.

1929post_office
Fire, apparently started by defective wiring, threatened mail and federal records and did $30,000 damage to San Antonio’s historic federal building in Alamo Plaza (right).

February 2 in San Antonio history…

1897
Col. Jim Bowie’s engagement ring, found in the old Veramendi Palace, and kept at Jim Rigby’s saloon, has been stolen, along with an old Spanish coin, kept beside it at the back of the bar.

1902
The new elevator for the county courthouse arrived in the city this morning from Louisville and is being unloaded to be put into place.

1916
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce officials are attempting to lure motion picture studios away from California and have them settle here. The movie producers reportedly are dissatisfied with California.

August 23 in San Antonio history…

1902
J.A. Berry, foreman on the work at the Carnegie Library, celebrated arrival of his first-born son yesterday afternoon. When the quit work whistle blew, Berry assembled the workmen in the main buildings where a copious spread of beer and lunch was served.

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The newest and biggest addition to the San Antonio Public Library’s fleet of four bookmobiles went into service today.  The green and cream bookmobile, complete with a stork emblem indicating its new arrival, went into service at the Sunset Ridge Shopping Center.

1985
Brooke Shields appears at Dillard’s in Ingram Park Mall to promote “her new collection of Brooke Shields Jeanswear.”

July 8 in San Antonio history…

1902
The Congregation of Temple Beth-El is issued a permit to erect a synagogue on Travis St. to cost $35,000.

1918
The San Antonio Light advertises that the Bexar County Humane Society has “a pretty ten day old baby girl up for adoption.  Anyone wishing to adopt the girl can find officials of the society at 207 Frost Building.”

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San Antonio-based Kaepa changes their shoe logo from the swirled-K (right) to the two triangle “double delta.”  Kaepa President Tom Adams says, “From a distance, the original logo just looked like a blob.”

February 2 in San Antonio history…

1902
First mention of a “horseless carriage” in the Express newspaper.  A Locomobile steamer makes an appearance in San Antonio.

1918 – World War I
Camp Travis’ record of no deaths in two days changed yesterday afternoon by the announcement that two Texans and one Oklahoman, all privates, had died of pneumonia.

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Hemisfair Arena holds its grand opening with a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals. Joining the two teams were Bob Hayes, “The World’s Fastest Human,” and a lineup of variety acts that performed before the game and during intermission.

August 9 in San Antonio history…

1898
The pictures of some of San Antonio’s prominent citizens will be shown in Riverside Park in the Edison picture machine, as well as others, among which is the Battleship Texas.

1902
A real estate deed was filed this morning for the conveyance of the old Andrews homestead on Dallas for the Physicians and Surgeons Hospitals for $11,000.

1917 – World War I
Governors of the various states today received notice from Provost Marshal General Crowder that the first one-third of the quota of 687,000 men drafted for service in the national army will be called to the colors September 1, and sent to training camps before September 5. More than 200,000 will be called into service in the first increment, bringing the country’s total military forces up to one million men.

August 23 in San Antonio history…

1902
J.A. Berry, foreman on the work at the Carnegie Library, celebrated arrival of his first-born son yesterday afternoon. When the quit work whistle blew, Berry assembled the workmen in the main buildings where a copious spread of beer and lunch was served.

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Plans to convert the four-story Halff building (right) at 336 E. Commerce into an African-American hotel were thwarted when nearby residents protested before the city zoning board today in City Hall.  “I am [the] manager of the Cameo Theater, which has given the Negroes a modern theater and now I think our next step is to convert this vacant building into a clean, modern hotel.  The Negroes have been pushed around and had to live in ‘dumps’ for years.  The better class Negro is just as afraid to walk through the 400 and 500 block of East Commerce as the white folks are.  We want it cleaned up.” said Pinkie Smith. (photo courtesy of UTSA digital collections)

1970
What was billed as the first Mexican-American-sponsored fund-raising event for a Republican in Texas history was held at the Gunter Hotel last night for U.S. Senate candidate George H. W. Bush.

August 9 in San Antonio history…

1898
The pictures of some of San Antonio’s prominent citizens will be shown in Riverside Park in the Edison picture machine, as well as others, among which is the Battleship Texas.

1902
A real estate deed was filed this morning for the conveyance of the old Andrews homestead on Dallas for the Physicians and Surgeons Hospitals for $11,000.

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Mike Nesmith is the featured performer at a hootenanny held in La Villita Assembly Hall to raise money for the March of Dimes (right).  He would later find fame as one of The Monkees.

 

June 23 in San Antonio history…

1902
The fifth annual commencement exercises of St. Mary’s College took place at Beethoven Hall this morning.

1915
The St. Anthony Hotel opened its new roof garden with the Royal Hungarian Orchestra and the dancing of Fenner and Tolman.

1938
The iron bridge at the swimming pool in Brackenridge Park, a familiar sight to thousands of park visitors in the past 20 or more years, is being torn down. A modern concrete and steel structure will replace it.