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June 4 in San Antonio history…

1909
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

1926
The Aztec Theatre opened promising “a totally new form of entertainment.”

April 12 in San Antonio history…

1793
Mission San Antonio de Valero (today known as “The Alamo”) is secularized by decree.

1909
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.

2016
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.

March 18 in San Antonio history….

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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.)

1912
The explosion of a locomotive boiler at the roundhouse of the Southern Pacific Railway kills 26 and injures 40.

2005
UTSA plays their first baseball game at on-campus Roadrunner Field against the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

November 20 in San Antonio history…

1909
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.

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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.

1995
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.

October 24 in San Antonio history…

1909
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.

1916
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.

1960
The epic John Wayne movie The Alamo has its world premiere at the Woodlawn Theater on Fredricksburg Road in San Antonio.

October 22 in San Antonio history…

1909
President Taft comes to San Antonio to dedicate the chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

1932
The name of  the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad is changed to the Texas & New Orleans, a division of Southern Pacific.

1949
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.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

1909
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.

1914
A large vaudeville company, including the Marx Brothers, plays the Majestic Theater.

1927
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.

 

October 17 in San Antonio history…

1909
President William Howard Taft arrives in San Antonio to dedicate and lay the cornerstone for the new chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

July 29 in San Antonio history…

1909
The electrically lighted archways over Houston Street extinguished and will be lit no more.

1936
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.

1982
Texas-based Point Blank opens for Loverboy in Convention Center Arena.

July 27 in San Antonio history…

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The San Antonio Express publishes an obituary for Robert W. Whitworth, a Boerne resident who passed away three days earlier (right).  Mr. Whitworth was a veteran of the U.S. war with Mexico and a member of the Mormon Battalion, who marched from Iowa to California.  He also served in the 20th Texas Infantry C.S.A. during the Civil War. Mr. Whitworth is the only member of the Mormon Battalion buried in Texas.

1957
The Corpus Christi Times newspaper announces that local car salesman, Billy J. “Red” McCombs, 29, has been appointed by the sales manager of the Houston district of the Ford Motor Company to be the local Edsel dealer in that city.   The new Edsel automobiles will arrive on September 4 at his dealership located at 334 South Chaparral Street.

1963
San Antonio has the “inside track” for the proposed $15 million Veterans Administration Hospital that will serve South Texas.