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September 1 in San Antonio history…

1905
A deed was filed in the county clerk’s office this morning in which Clara Driscoll transferred the Alamo property to the State of Texas in consideration
of $65,000. The property is described as follows: The Hugo & Schmeltzer property, formerly a part of the old Alamo mission and adjoining the Alamo church property now owned by the state. The property Is bounded on the north by Houston street, east by the Alamo ditch, south by the Alamo and Alamo Plaza and west by Alamo Plaza.

1961
Texas, rich in natural resources, had gone 125 years without a sales tax, but finally joined 36 sisters states that have had the levy for up to 25 years or more.

1985
San Antonio merchants were happy as the 24-year old Texas Blue Laws were repealed today.  However, San Antonio drivers were annoyed as a mandatory seat belt law took effect.

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August 22 in San Antonio history…

1905
According to the records in the office of the city engineer, there are 71 automobiles in San Antonio, representing a value of about $37,200.

1918
Military police have been ordered to keep soldiers out of close to a score of eating and drinking places in the carnival district of W. Houston because their women employees lack certificates attesting to their moral character.

1980
San Antonio Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela fans 15 batters in a 3-0 win over Amarillo.  The 19-year-old lefty allowed just two hits in the second half of the season and struck out 162 batters in 174 innings.

August 15 in San Antonio history…

1905
An ordinance was adopted by the city council wherein the city disclaimed any right, title or interest in the Alamo property.  The mayor was authorized to execute a quitclaim deed to Miss Clara Driscoll.

1945
While people took to the streets to celebrate Japan’s acceptance of surrender terms, effectively ending World War II, burglars ransacked houses and apartments left vacant by celebrants. A total of $425 in cash and numerous articles were reported missing.

1984
The San Pedro Drive-In closes.
(photo by Jim Miller)

August 3 in San Antonio history…

1883
The first issue of the San Antonio Light is published. (Originally published starting in 1881 as The Evening Light.)

1905
Mrs. Anson Jones and Mrs. C. H. Hilby of Houston, president and secretary of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, today formally transferred to the state all the interests on the society in the Alamo.  All legal requirements are satisfactory and the mission will be in full possession of the state by September 1.

1987
Miss Metroplex, Courtney Ann Gibbs, 20, is crowned Miss Texas-USA in the Municipal Auditorium.  The pageant is televised live to more than six million viewers statewide. Miss Bedford, Gretchen Polhemus, is second runner up and would not only win Miss Texas-USA two years later but go on to be crowned Miss USA.

July 16 in San Antonio history…

1905
Mrs. L. M. Lyon of 717 East Euclid Avenue wins the $50 prize for writing the city creed in 100 words:
“I believe in San Antonio, my home; that whatsoever I I give unto her shall be returned to me tenfold.
I believe in her unique and picturesque setting, the romance and mystery of her historic mission; her riches on the earth, under the earth and in the air.
I believe in the efficiency of her institutions, her healthgiving climate, the dignity of her men and women and her genial western hospitality.
I believe in her business enterprises, the present and its opportunities, the future and its wonderful promises, and in the divine joy of living in San Antonio for you – and me.”

1934
Thirty San Antonio pecan shellers were working under police protection after a group of 50 labor agitators had tried unsuccessfully to make them strike.

1969
At 7:32 a.m. San Antonio time, Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida heading for the moon.  The launch is broadcast live all three networks beginning at 6 a.m. on KSAT Channel 12.

June 30 in San Antonio history…

1905
The Annie Cotter Sullivan Memorial Library for children, which opened on June 25, is dedicated by her son, Will C. Sullivan.  The library was established by him and his brother, John, in honor of their mother who passed away last November.

1965
A San Antonio Light article reports on the new computer handling patient records at Brooke General Hospital.  The IBM 1440 computer required the construction of a special room and uses disk packs that store 3 million characters [3 Megabytes], or 4,000 patient records.  The system cost “less than $25,000.”

2002
A storm system dumps six inches of rain on the Hill Country and up to ten inches in various places around South Texas. The rain persists for three days and causes San Antonio’s worst flooding since 1998.

June 17 in San Antonio history…

1905
Fred Tolle, proprietor of the Stock Exchange saloon on Dolorosa street, and his phonograph are defendants in an injunction suit issued today by Fred Terrell and Sarah Hickman, owners of the Southern Hotel.    They claim that the phonograph “talks from early morning to late at night, or sings and whistles, rings bells, gives long band concerts” and reproduces the arrival and departures of passenger trains, causing disturbances to their hotel patrons.

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Mayor C.K. Quin, accompanied by city officials and dignitaries, dedicates the new air-conditioning system in Joske’s one day before their semi-annual sale.  The ceremony is broadcast live over radio station KTSA and the scissors used to cut the ribbon are the same scissors used in the official opening of the Dallas Centennial Exposition.
“Not only should this new Air-Conditioning prove a convenience for our patrons these hot days, but it should be so invigorating and healthful for us who work in Joske’s—that better service to our customers is a certainty,” said J.H. Calvert, President.

1976
The San Antonio Spurs become members of the National Basketball Association.

January 11 in San Antonio history…

1905
The San Antonio Drug Company buys the mammoth A.B. Frank Co. building on Commerce Street.

1927
San Antonio women have taken exception to a local pastor’s warning to young men that country girls are the only sure marriage bets. The women did agree, however, that a good wife is a modest and virtuous work of God.

1957
Eighty county jail prisoners, objecting that their breakfast toast was toasted only on one side, staged an hour-long demonstration. Sheriff Owen Kilday quelled the disturbance quickly.

December 8 in San Antonio history…

1885
The county is again being allowed to run jail sewerage into the San Pedro creek.

1890
The street car company is disposing of its large number of mules at a rapid pace. Sixty-four of the animals have already been sold for $45 each.

1905
Factories along the river have been dumping waste oil. This will kill fish in the river, it was feared.

November 13 in San Antonio history…

1905
The Empire Theatre is remodeled and opens as the Majestic Theater today.  Featured entertainment includes Thomas J. Keogh, Josephine Jacoby and the Edison Kinetograph of the London Steeplechase.  (Neither of these are the current Empire and Majestic theaters.)

1918
Thousands of people crowded the sidewalks of the main streets of the city this afternoon to see San Antonio’s United War Work and Victory parade.  In order that everyone would have an opportunity to see the biggest parade the city has known, Mayor Bell declared a half-holiday today beginning at noon.

1981
Country stars Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle perform together in Convention Center Arena.