President William Howard Taft arrives in San Antonio at 7:10 p.m. on the presidential train to lay the cornerstone for and to dedicate the new chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.
1917 – World War I
Striking airplane posters by J. Paul Verees, showing the American war plane in flight with its blue star marking, have been received at the departmental aeronautical office at Ft. Sam Houston. As a result of this campaign, it is expected that men will begin to come into Kelly Field by the thousands within the next few weeks. “Join the air service and serve in France” is the inscription on the poster.
George Bush speaks at Laurie Auditorium.
Orders have been issued changing the name of Aue, a station on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad, to Leon Springs.
1917 – World War I
A conference of county and city authorities was held today to determine what course of action to pursue with reference to the moral clean-up campaign demanded by Secretary of War Baker as a condition precedent to obtaining divisional training camps for San Antonio. It was unanimously agreed that whatever course of action may be desired by the government should and would have the fullest measure of co-operation by the joint action of the local authorities. Mayor Sa/n C. Bell was authorized to issue the formal statement to this effect. Notice to Property Owners. In order to show that this is not to be an empty promise it was understod that notices would be served Monday afternoon on persons owning property in the trans-San Pedro district, informing them that laws covering the rental of property for immoral purposes would be enforced* At the same time notices will be sent cut to men known to be operating gambling houses that they must cease doing so at4or.ee and that violation of this ordervwill be followed by raids and the destruction of gambling paraphernalia. A determined
The Aztec Theatre opened promising “a totally new form of entertainment.”
Mission San Antonio de Valero (today known as “The Alamo”) is secularized by decree.
Two cornerstones are laid for the new First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Avenue D and Fourth Street. The first stone set was the one that marked the date of the original church at Houston and Flores Street in 1860. The other stone marks the beginning of the new structure that will cost nearly $90,000 and will be one of the finest edifices in the entire Southwest.
The Spurs tie the 1985-86 Boston Celtics for the best home record in a season, going 40-1 with a 102-98 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Detroit Tigers come to San Antonio for a spring training exhibition game against St. Louis College. Tigers star slugger, Ty Cobb, is fanned by 17-year-old student Melvin “Bert” Gallia. The Tigers win the game however, 10-2. (Photo courtesy of St. Mary’s University. Gallia, back row, far left. Cobb, center, in white.)
The explosion of a locomotive boiler at the roundhouse of the Southern Pacific Railway kills 26 and injures 40.
UTSA plays their first baseball game at on-campus Roadrunner Field against the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
The Gunter Hotel is completed and opened for business. The hotel stands on the former site of the Vance House. Previous to that, it was the site of U.S. Army barracks and was the headquarters of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and other Civil War heroes.
Marine SSgt. William J. Bordelon (right), a graduate of Central Catholic High School, is killed in action on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific. Bordelon is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his “valorous and gallant conduct above and beyond the call of duty” in leading his men while seriously wounded.
52 years after his death, the body of William J. Bordelon is returned to San Antonio and buried in the cemetery of Ft. Sam Houston. The body lay in state in the Alamo since yesterday, flanked by Marine Honor Guards. Bordelon is only the fifth person given this privilege.
Bexar County commissioners soon may be joyriding in an automobile. A. E. Staacke Automobile Co. has been awarded a contract to supply the county with a 1910 model seven-passenger, 40-horsepower Knox touring car for $3,350.
There are exactly 202 names on the official ballot to be used in the November 7 general election in Bexar County. The ballot is more than a yard in length and considerable time will be required in counting. Joe S. Newton, clerk to the county commissioners, said no orders yet had been given for printing the ballot but that it will be done later this week or early next week. This is to be done, he said, to allow from withdrawals from the ticket.
President Taft comes to San Antonio to dedicate the chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.
The name of the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad is changed to the Texas & New Orleans, a division of Southern Pacific.
L. Truett Pratt is born in San Antonio. The Jefferson High School alumnus will find fame when he and Jerry McClain are chosen to sing the new theme song to the hit TV show “Happy Days.” The tune gets to #5 on the Billboard charts in 1976.
No less than 50,000 people packed Alamo Plaza today on the occasion of President Taft’s first public speech in this city. Thousands more lined the streets to get a glimpse of our distinguished visitor.
A large vaudeville company, including the Marx Brothers, plays the Majestic Theater.
Charles A. Windus, 76 years of age, dies in the hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Mr. Windus had had an unusually varied military career. He fought in the Union Army at Petersburg, deserted the cavalry in 1868 and served a year of hard labor for it, and later won the Medal of Honor fighting the Kiowa at the Battle of the Little Wichita in 1870. In 1877 he acquired another dubious distinction while serving as deputy sheriff in Brackettville: while arresting four fugitives he shot and killed a Black Seminole named Adam Payne, one of several “Buffalo Soldiers” who had won the Medal of Honor serving as scouts for the U.S. Army. Thus, Windus became the only Medal of Honor recipient who ever killed another.
President William Howard Taft arrives in San Antonio to dedicate and lay the cornerstone for the new chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.
The electrically lighted archways over Houston Street extinguished and will be lit no more.
Church officials were preparing today to direct the removal of the altar of San Fernando Cathedral in the hope that excavation beneath the floor of the church might produce the bones of the Alamo heroes.
Texas-based Point Blank opens for Loverboy in Convention Center Arena.