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April 19 in San Antonio history…

1906
Bids will be opened in the mayor’s office tomorrow at noon for putting the new roof on the Alamo.  On one portion of the old roof there is now a young hackberry tree, grape vine and other vegetation growing.

1918 – World War I
No darkening of the streets or show windows in stores along the parade route tonight will be required, according to the directors of the Fiesta Association.  “The more lights there are on the street the better the floats will show up and we are anxious that there be as much light as possible,” says B. R. Webb, president of the Fiesta Association.

1975
Playland Park features “Ride-A-Rama Fun Day” with discounted admission.

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March 8 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Maj. General Henry T. Allen, commander of Camp Travis, spoke today before the Rotary Club at its weekly luncheon at the St. Anthony Hotel, saying, “Lloyd George has made the statement and it has been published abroad and I suppose over here, that no great offensive, costly in lives, is to be made by the allies until the Americans are here in force.”

1945
Trinity University officials announced the school’s new campus would be opposite Alamo Stadium.

1956
San Antonio’s second oldest radio station, KTSA, is sold to Gordon McLendon and the McLendon Investment Corp. by O. R. Mitchell , president of O. R. Mitchell Motors, for $306,000 pending approval by the FCC.

February 3 in San Antonio history…

1906
A meeting of the executive board of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas was held today at the home of Mrs. Max Urwitz in Houston.  Many affairs of interest and importance were taken up, among them being the matter of purchasing a portrait of Davy Crockett to be hung in the Alamo.  Miss Adina De Zavala is still working to acquire the Alamo mission and make it a hall of fame and museum of Texas.  She has collected a great many interesting objects, including a heavy glass decanter picked up on the battlefield of San Jacinto by J. P. Jones of Milam County.

1918 – World War I
Eighty-eight pairs of shoes have been sent to Camp Travis from the supply depot at Philadelphia especially for Mose Jefferson, of Goose Creek.  Not one of them is large enough to fit his size 15 foot.

1922
The Ku Klux Klan, hooded, clad in white, visited Travis Park Methodist Church, and made a $100 donation.

January 6 in San Antonio history…

1906
Boerne State Bank opens for business.  It is purchased by San Antonio’s National Bank of Commerce on February 7, 1986.  It is converted to a national bank under the name NBC Bank – Boerne on April 30, 1988.

1918
The San Antonio Light features an illustration of the new Central Trust Building (right) designed by Atlee Ayers to be located at the corner of Navarro and Houston Streets.  It will be completed later this year at a cost of $500,000.  (It’s still there.)

1979
The 52-year-old Municipal Auditorium (now the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts) is gutted by fire. The cause of the blaze is attributed to a discarded cigarette.

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.

June 20 in San Antonio history…

1906
The architect for Alamo Heights said the new addition would be “a strictly fashionable residence area.”

1922heights_1922
Residents of Alamo Heights vote overwhelmingly to incorporate.  The vote cast today was the heaviest ever recorded on an incorporation election there, all others having been voted down. The favorable vote this time is said to have been due to the rumored extension of the city limits of San Antonio which would have taken in the Heights.

1954
San Antonio chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today voted unanimously to instruct its legal redress committee to take immediate steps to have the city’s segregated swimming pool ordinance declared unconstitutional.

December 30 in San Antonio history…

1906
The Chapel at Incarnate Word College (Brackenridge Villa) is completed.

1973
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. finalizes the purchase of the San Antonio Express and News newspapers from Harte-Hanks

2013
The #10 Oregon Ducks defeat the University of Texas in Alamo Bowl XXI, 30-7.

October 12 in San Antonio history…

1906
A statue of the Virgin Mary was erected on the grounds of the Academy of Our Lady of the Lake.

1939
Restoration on La Villita begun with O’Neil Ford as architect.

1967
Eric Burdon & the Animals headline a show with Neal Ford & the Fanatics, The Kaleidoscope, Moving Sidewalks and The Band Ayd at Municipal Auditorium.

August 11 in San Antonio history…

1906
The school board has ruled that starting this fall, the high school course will be lengthened from three to four years.  The additional time is considered necessary to master the difficult courses.

1957
San Antonio’s largest and most expensive high school building should be ready for occupancy next September, announces school superintendent Thomas Portwood.  The school will be known as Highlands High School and will have facilities for seventh through twelfth grades.  The contract cost of the building is $2,289,126, making it the most expensive single project in San Antonio history.

1959
The city’s housing and inspection department issued a permit for construction of a $1,040,000 motor hotel to be situated at Loop 13, San Pedro and Isom Rd.  It will be known as Ramada Inn Roadside Motel.

May 17 in San Antonio history…

1906
The skating rink at Electric Park was opened to the public and the sport instantly was established as a favorite among young people.

1927
A distillery on wheels was discovered by prohibition agents last night when they stopped a truck with a still operation on it and five gallons of whisky.  The owner said he did the bootlegging on the side to support his children.

1952
The San Antonio Zoo receives a young African male lion from a private owner who was moving overseas and could not bring the cat with him.  The young lion was transported to San Antonio from Austin in an automobile, whose upholstery suffered considerably.