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October 18 in San Antonio history…

Carl Hilmar Guenther who built the Guenther mills in 1859, dies at his residence at 205 Guenther Street.  He was born in Germany and came to the U.S. as a young man in 1848.

No less than 50,000 people pack Alamo Plaza to hear President Taft’s first public speech in this city.  Other thousands line the streets to get a glimpse of the distinguished visitor.

A large vaudeville company, including the Marx Brothers, plays the Majestic Theater (not the current Majestic Theater.)


September 30 in San Antonio history…

The new Maverick Building at Houston and Navarro is now completed and new stores are being established there.

First burial permit for the new Mission Burial Park cemetery, seven miles from the city, on what was known as a portion of the old city sewer farm, was issued this morning by the city health office.

The Southwest Texas Area Educational Television Council, with FCC approval in their hands, are preparing today to map plans for building and operating the first educational TV channel in the San Antonio-Austin area.  The Federal Communications Commission yesterday granted the council permission to build the television station.  Plans call for Channel 9 to be on the air by January 1962.

August 29 in San Antonio history…

Work has begun on the new building of the Wells-Fargo Express Co. at the Sunset Station which will be used as a depot office of the company.  The building will cost approximately $12,000.

A plan to remodel the Travis Street bridge, recently condemned as a flood menace, rather than replace it with a new one, was announced by Street Commissioner Paul Steffler.

The first black students in San Antonio’s history to be accepted for classes in public high schools with white students have been enrolled in Edgewood High School.

August 6 in San Antonio history…

Declaring that the chili stands are a menace to public health, the board of health for a second time will send a request to the city that the stands not be permitted to do business on Alamo Plaza.

There will be no change in bus fares when the ordinance fixing the new city limits takes effect, according to W. B. Tuttle, San Antonio Public Service Co., president.

Ground is broken for the new Central Library building at 600 Soledad Street.

July 30 in San Antonio history…

Sunday opening of stores in San Antonio must stop, according to a precedent set in Judge Umscheid’s court.  A West Commerce drygoods merchant was fined $50 for opening his store on Sunday.

An Olmos Park resident writes to the San Antonio Light that it’s “a dirty shame” that there is no stoplight at intersection of El Prado, Olmos Drive and McCullough Avenue.

Foley’s department store opens in Rolling Oaks Mall.

June 4 in San Antonio history…

Orders have been issued changing the name of Aue, a station on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad, to Leon Springs.

The Aztec Theatre opened promising “a surprisingly different entertainment.”

Hemisfair celebrates “Ed White Day,” to commemorate the life of San Antonio astronaut Edward White Jr., killed in the Apollo I fire.  Mrs. White and her children, Bonnie and Eddie, participate in a ceremony and are given Hemisfair souvenirs.

April 28 in San Antonio history…

Boerne Mayor J. Willke fines an individual $5 for exceeding the speed limit in the City of Boerne. Apparently, the speed limit on Main Street at that time was 15 miles per hour.

A carnival ride in Milam Square collapses, injuring eight people.

1958San Antonio Express, 29 April 1953
Two tornadoes (later rated F3 and F4) strike Bexar County in the area of Helotes, killing two people and injuring twenty.


March 18 in San Antonio history…

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.)

G. A. Stowers Furniture Company’s “White Palace”, located at Main and Houston Streets, was opened this morning.

Tejano superstar Selena plays her last San Antonio concert at Tejano Wave on Perrin-Beitel road.

January 4 in San Antonio history…

The St. Anthony Hotel opened for business. After its 1936 expansion, it will become one of the first hotels in the world to get central air conditioning.

After a three-day delay due to icy conditions, the Alamo Bowl (right) is played in Alamo Stadium:  Hardin Simmons 20, Denver 0. Game only draws a crowd of 3,730 spectators. The temperature never gets above 26 degrees.

John Lang Sinclair, alumnus of the University of Texas and author of “The Eyes of Texas,” dies and is buried in Alamo Masonic Cemetery.  Items relating to the life of John L. Sinclair may be found in the DRT Library on the Alamo grounds.

January 3 in San Antonio history…

Prentice Newman, the San Antonio mechanic who invented the fourth aeroplane to be tried in this country, soared to a height of 70 feet above the ground yesterday.  The machine, towed by an automobile, crashed after the tow rope broke but Newman was uninjured.

A month before their appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, the Beatles are shown on American television for the first time – on the Jack Paar Show at 9 p.m. on WOAI Channel 4.

Gymnast Cathy Rigby (right) debuts as Peter Pan in a World Premiere engagement at Convention Center Arena.