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October 24 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Today is a state and federal holiday.  It’s “Liberty Loan Day” to encourage people to buy war bonds as part of the Second Liberty Loan program.

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

2013
After decades of delivering books to underserved areas, the San Antonio Public Library’s Bookmobile makes its last run along San Antonio’s streets.

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October 23 in San Antonio history…

1914
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).

October 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Washer Brothers advertises Union Suits for the “long, short, stout and regular” – from $1.25 to $6.50.

1973
The San Antonio Library initiates a new “after hours” reference service.  Persons who need answers to questions may call the Main Library any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.  When the library is closed, an answering service will take the question and refer it to the library reference department as soon as the library opens.  A librarian will find the answer and return the call.  (This service no longer exists.)

1980
Senator Ted Kennedy comes to San Antonio to formally dedicate John F. Kennedy High School, which was completed in 1963.

 

October 21 in San Antonio history…

1867
George Wilkins Kendall, Mexican War correspondent, editor of the New Orleans Picayune, sheep rancher and namesake of Kendall County, dies in Boerne.

1917 – World War I
Miss Sarah Smith King, principal of Bowie School, is doing her “bit” by going out to Camp 73, Camp Travis, each Wednesday evening, and assisting the Y. M. C. A., by telling local historical stories. Next Wednesday she will tell local Indian stories and Miss Mamie De Ham will sing s ” La Golondrina.” The following Wednesday Miss King will tell the story of the Mier expedition. The following teachers of her school will sing patriotic songs: Misses Rowena Williamson, Florence Keen, Elizabeth Mason, Martha Randall, Fannie Laird, Ruth Blantan, Nathalie Gould, Alice Wimbcrley, Pearl
Wright, Stella Micheau and Mrs. Edith Ramsey.  Miss King and Misses Sarah and Rowena Williamson are also teaching English at Camp Travis.

1983
Cheap Trick and Zebra play a concert in Convention Center Arena.  It is Zebra’s first appearance in the Alamo City.

October 18 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Failure to familiarize themselves with the terms of the draft law applying to army desertions is leading peace officers to make many arrests where the men arrested are not really deserters, according to the announcement today at Camp Travis.  A number of men have been brought to the camp by peace officers, who were later released, as they were not deserters. Maj. E. C. McNeil, division inspector said yesterday that that the local boards in many instances were not familiar with the law and in some instances were responsible for these arrests.

1929
Construction of the first buildings for the new “West Point of the Air” at Randolph Field will begin within the next 10 days.

1969
Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play a concert at Hemisfair Arena (right).

October 17 in San Antonio history…

1909
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.

1982
George Bush speaks at Laurie Auditorium.

October 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Mata Hari, famous dancer and German spy, was executed in Paris this morning.  She was arrested in Paris in February and convicted of espionage in a court-martial in July.

1919
The Alamo will be re-roofed it was decided today at a meeting of the Alamo Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, but nothing was decided as to when the necessary funds would be raised.

1977
San Antonio is plunged into darkness at 7:08 p.m. when the city suffers a blackout due to a succession of errors by City Public Service.  The diesel generators installed after the last city blackout in 1949 fail to kick in. The area affected is larger than Rhode Island.  Ironically, after New York City had suffered a blackout earlier in the year on July 14, CPS spokesman Ben Scholl said, “The chances of San Antonio having an earthquake are greater than the chance the city will have a blackout similar to the one in New York.”

October 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
First Lieut. Fenton Harrison McGlachlin died at 8:45 o’clock this evening at the Base Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, from injuries he received Sunday afternoon when an airplane in which he was a passenger, fell to earth. He never regained consciousness after the accident. Lieutenant McGlachlin was the son of Brig. Gen. Edward McGlachlin, commander of the 165th artillery brigade, Camp
Travis, and acted as aide-de-camp to his father.

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“I Love Lucy” premieres at 7:00 p.m. on WOAI-TV (right).

1982
The British band Jethro Tull, named for the inventor of the seed drill, plays Convention Center Arena.  Canadian rockers Saga open the show.

October 12 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The men at Camp Travis are to carry wooden rifles, due to the inability to obtain real rifles for bayonet and other practice, resulting in a decision to equip the infantry brigades with wooden guns. An order has been placed for many thousands.of these make-believe weapons and before many days pass the men will be engaged in fencing, and bayonet practice using the wooden guns.
They will also be provided long round sticks on one end of which is a small rope tied into a knot. This is used as a defense stick in connection with bayonet practice.

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

1960
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy makes a campaign stop in San Antonio. Kennedy told the crowd gathered in front of the Alamo, “In 1960, the cause of all mankind is the cause of all Americans.”

October 10 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Ed Raymond, manager of the Majestic Theater, established a record today for the sale of Liberty Bonds in Bexar County which it is believed will stand as a record for any part of Texas.  He sold twenty-four fifty-dollar bonds in just twenty-four minutes and declared he could have kept up the pace had he not exhausted his list of customers.  Every bond buyer is a patron of the theater and the two dozen patriotic men and women did not hesitate to make a purchase when asked if they wanted to subscribe to the war fund.

1972
National Bank of Commerce installs the city’s first automatic teller machine (ATM)(right).

1973
The Spurs play their very first regular season ABA game against the San Diego Conquistadors.  San Diego erupted for 48 points in the final quarter, storming back from a deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to claim a 121-106 victory over the Spurs. San Antonio blew a 77-73 lead coming into the final quarter.