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April 27 in San Antonio history…

The City Council gives authority to the Scientific Society to establish a zoological garden in Brackenridge Park.  This is the beginning of the San Antonio Zoo.

1918 – World War I
H. S. Reed, a farmer, was taken from his home near Edinburg, fifteen miles north of McAllen today.  He was badly beaten and shot through the shoulder for allegedly refusing to subscribe for Liberty Bonds.  Reed refuses to talk and his assailants are unknown to police officers.

The first heart transplant in San Antonio was performed by a team of surgeons from Medical Center Hospital and the UT Health Science Center.


February 15 in San Antonio history…

A portable radio station of the Marconi type, to be installed on horsedrawn vehicles, has been ordered for Fort Sam Houston.

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light calls out its rival, the Express, for not printing a quote from Raymond Fosdick, Chairman of the War Camp Activities commission in yesterday’s paper.  Fosdick noted that while liquor and vice are problems in Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, San Antonio has done a good job of cleaning up.  The quote omitted by the Express was:  “This legislation is very important and we hope it will be enacted. We have an ideal condition now at San Antonio. The visit here of Sheriff Tobin has been conducive of much good and he is doing fine work and is being aided by the co-operation of citizens; but we are having trouble at Houston and Fort Worth. Bootlegging is at the bottom of all vice in camps and once it is wiped out conditions will improve. I have no complaint as to San Antonio.”

Guitarist Jimi Hendrix makes his first appearance in San Antonio, playing Municipal Auditorium.  Soft Machine, Neal Ford and the Fanatics & The Swiss Movement open the show.  Tickets are $4.00.

October 23 in San Antonio history…

Eleven people, nine of which are children, drown when the San Antonio River floods after a torrential rain.  The house of Albert Liebe was washed from its foundation, resulting in the death of Mrs. Liebe and her infant child born just hours earlier, along with four other children: Henry, 14; Otilia, 8; Edna, 6; Edward, 4 and Mrs. August Liebe, Albert’s mother.

1917 – World War I
The circus bazaar and carnival being given by Alzafar Temple for the benefit of the Red Cross at Bowen’s Island, opened last night with a big crowd in attendance. The festivities were formally
inaugurated with a parade through the business section of the city that compared favorably with any circus pageant.

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San Antonio’s first drive-in theater opens at 3602 Fredericksburg Road (right).

July 16 in San Antonio history…

Japanese Monument to The Heroes of the Alamo
Prof. Shigetaka Shiga, eminent Japanese author who composed a poem honoring Alamo dead, announced a September visit to San Antonio to erect a stone monument inscribed with his poem (right).

1917 – World War I
Local authorities believe that a rash of fires recently may have been started by German spies or sympathizers.  On July 10, a mysterious fire broke out in the plant of the Southern Macaroni Company, near the lower I. & G. N. Railroad yards. This concern has a contract to furnish the government with approximately 50,000 pounds of
macaroni. The night of the fire. The fire broke out in the midst of 9,500 pounds of the product which had been prepared and was scheduled to be delivered the following day. Investigation showed the lock of one of the doors had been sawed to gain an entrance to the place.

Leslie Tillett was at a reception in San Antonio speaking to the “Friends of the Tillett Tapestry” about his creation, a 100 by 3 foot tapestry he created, depicting Cortes’s conquest of Mexico.  He was hoping to sell it for $200,000 as a “gift to the city.”  Ultimately, it was not purchased and went on display elsewhere.

May 1 in San Antonio history…

Mission San Antonio de Valero is established on the west bank of the San Antonio River after the removal of the Mission San Jose del Alamo is ordered by the Marquis Valero, viceroy of New Spain, from the Rio Grande to San Antonio.

Bexar County Medical Society passes a resolution asking for a law to protect bats in San Antonio. Dr. Charles A.R. Campbell has told the group bats were beneficial in eradicating malarial mosquitoes.

1917 – World War I
As soon as definite instructions are received from President Wilson, enrollment under the provisions of the selective conscription act will be under way in Texas.  Blank forms, enrollment lists and complete instructions are on the way from the War Department to the Sheriffs in every state in the Union, and these are to be distributed by the Sheriffs to the various voting precincts in their counties.

April 27 in San Antonio history…

The City Council gives authority to the Scientific Society to establish a zoological garden in Brackenridge Park.  This is the beginning of the San Antonio Zoo.

The Texas Theater begins showing the sci-fi double feature of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Atomic Man (right).”

During the Battle of Flowers parade, Ira Attebury sprays the crowd with shotgun and semiautomatic rifle fire from a parked motorhome. Two die, 55 are wounded. Attebury commits suicide as SWAT teams close in.

April 7 in San Antonio history…

Hundreds of extras stormed the walls in a movie reenactment of the Battle of the Alamo as throngs of San Antonians looked on from roofs of nearby buildings.  (This is the 1914 film “The Siege and Fall of the Alamo.”)

World War I – April 7, 1917
A young man who unknowingly sat on an American flag at a recruiting office this morning, found himself suddenly jerked to his feet by Chief Evans, who witnessed it.  The Light reported, “The astonished youth, ignorant of the great respect for the flag paid by sailors, received in silence a verbal lashing that impressed him with the fact that the nation’s ensign must be respected by all.”
“I didn’t know I was doing it,” was his explanation.  “I just sat down without looking to see what was on the chair.”

In a 5-3 vote, City Council approves adding fluoride to the city’s water supply.  Anti-fluoridationist Stephen Harvasty vows to launch a campaign for a referendum.  A petition with at least 11,340 signatures would force the council to repeal the ordinance or force a referendum.


November 13 in San Antonio history…

In one of the most sensational crimes in San Antonio history, Otto Koehler, the president and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association, is murdered by his mistress, Hedda Burgemeister.

A new city is born in the suburbs of San Antonio today.  Citizens in Balcones Heights voted by a lopsided margin of 25 to 3 for incorporation.

A massive explosion at Medina Air Base shatters windows throughout San Antonio and is felt as far as Castroville, 17 miles away.

October 19 in San Antonio history…

Lucky Strike model and Sweetheart of the Texas Centennial, Janice Jarratt (right), is born in San Antonio.

Baylor University defeats Villanova, 7-0, in a game played at Alamo Stadium.  Milt Merka scored the decisive touchdown midway through the final period.

Bexar County’s brand new coliseum was “open for business” with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers – Barnum & Bailey Circus.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

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.