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July 26 in San Antonio history…

Firemen who saved the Maverick Bank Building from flames recently were treated to a Mexican supper last night by P. H. Swearingen, who has a drugstore on the first floor of the building.

A Camp Kelly soldier was sentenced to seven year’s hard labor for saying “I don’t like that damned fellow, Wilson.”

The first jazz mass ever celebrated at a Catholic church in this area – and possibly in the entire Southwest – is held in San Fernando Cathedral.  Jim Cullum and the Happy Jazz Band provided their interpretations of hymns and spirituals to a 7:30 p.m. service conducted by Father Louis White.


July 8 in San Antonio history…

The gradual elimination of horses and their replacement by motors in all city departments where feasible, is the aim of Mayor Bell. Under this plan no more fire horses will be purchased, but instead motor-driven apparatus will be provided as soon as the horses now in use die or become incapacitated. “It is not our intention to motorize the department at once,” said Mayor Bell, “but instead of buying m ore horses we will purchase tractors or small motor trucks as they may be needed. I believe this will materially increase the efficiency of the department and the cost, in the long run, will be less. In other departments I hope to see motors replace horses, where this is feasible.”

Details for a proposed commercial super airport for the San Antonio area were revealed today by John Gatti, representing the Research and Planning Council (RPC) at a meeting of the Alamo Area Council of Governments.  “Unless we act now,” Gatti said, “Bexar County will be left by the wayside.”

Frost Bros. introduces a charge card and a computerized billing system.

June 19 in San Antonio history…

The first graduates of San Antonio High School are given their diplomas.  They are: Charles Arnold, Clara Carrico, Leila Emrie, Anna Graves, Lillite Gill, Ada Hockett, William Knox, Hannah Morris, Virginia Newton, Hart Poor, Seymour Thomas and Nannie Weir.

Subscriptions for the purchase of the ancient governor’s palace, a relic of the royal government of Spain, which stands on Military Plaza and which is in danger of being torn down, are beginning to be received by the committee working for its preservation, Miss Adina De Zavala, chairman. A regular plan of campaign has not been decided upon, but a meeting of the executive and advisory
committees will be held at some time next week, the time and place to be announced later. This building is one of the oldest structures in San Antonio and was erected by the Spanish government as the administrative palace when Texas was a province of Spain. In spite of disfiguring signs and years of neglect and abuse, the building has a commanding appearance and the ancient seal of Spain still remains over the door.

Megabus, a division of Coach USA, begins direct bus service from San Antonio to Austin, Dallas and Houston with 17 daily departures that leave from a parking lot at Broadway and 4th Street.  For the first week, fares are no more than $1.00 each way.

June 13 in San Antonio history…

Domingo Teran de los Rios, first Governor of the new Province of Texas, accompanies Father Damian Massanet on his return trip to East Texas.Camping at a rancherria of Payaya Indians on a stream called Yanaguana, they celebrate mass and rename the stream San Antonio because it was the feast day of San Antonio de Padua.

Because it has lost its commercial appeal, owners of the Spanish Governor’s Palace have revealed plans to tear the building down.

Plans for a loop highway to connect all roads leading into San Antonio and reroute through-traffic around the city are being drawn up by the chamber of commerce highway committee.


March 28 in San Antonio history…

“Purity,” the most daring picture ever made, is currently at the Grand Opera House starring Audrey Munson, the world’s most perfectly formed woman.  Lower floor, 20 cents; balcony 10 cents.

San Antonio drivers with outstanding parking tickets had until 8 a.m. to settle up with the city or risk getting “booted” as the city begins installing Auto Kuff immobilizing devices on the cars of violators.  Cars with “boots” cannot be moved until the driver pays a $25 fee to remove the device plus all outstanding tickets.

Travis Park United Methodist Church begins feeding the homeless with a breakfast of scrambled eggs, ham, pancakes and coffee.  It is called “Café Corazon.”

February 21 in San Antonio history…

Colonel Robert E. Lee, Lieutenant Colonel of 2nd Cavalry Regiment arrives at San Antonio to take charge of the Department of Texas.

Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing was formally appointed commander of the Southern Department with headquarters at Ft. Sam Houston.  He succeeds Gen. Funston who died two days ago.

The mercury rises all the way to 100 degrees today – the earliest date to ever hit the century mark in the Alamo City.  This surpassed the previous record of 89 degrees in 1899.

December 31 in San Antonio history…

Responding to a call, Fire Chief William P. Bishop (right) is killed instantly when a pumping engine from Company No. 7 collides with his Locomobile auto, hurling it into Joske’s.  Lieut. Robert Koppelin is also killed.

The Alamo Bowl, scheduled to pit the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys vs. the University of Denver Pioneers in Alamo Stadium, is postponed due to freezing temperatures and heavy ice. The game would eventually be played on January 4.

The Cal Golden Bears defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes, 37-3, in the first Builder’s Square Alamo Bowl.

December 18 in San Antonio history…

First Lieutenant Irving McCracken, a native San Antonian and 1903 graduate of West Texas Military Academy (now TMI), is killed at Camp Kearny when a hand grenade explodes during training.  He is buried in City Cemetery #3.

The Central Park Fox Twin Theatre opens with world premiere of “Viva Max”.  The stars of the movie in attendance are: Peter Ustinov, John Astin, Harry Morgan, Pamela Tiffen & Keenan Wynn. (right)

Jerry Tarkanian is fired as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs after a 9-11 in only 20 games.  He is replaced with John Lucas.

December 6 in San Antonio history…

Mayor Bell today declared he was confident vice would soon be eliminated in San Antonio.

It was announced the Lone Star Brewery has purchased the historic Buckhorn Saloon, which, with its world’s largest collection of horns, will be moved from its downtown site to the brewery grounds.

Amy Grant and Vince Gill bring their Christmas concert to the Majestic Theater.

October 17 in San Antonio history…

This advertisement announces the opening of a new branch post office opens in the Rand Building at Houston and Soledad Streets.

1918 – World War I
Donations of material for the miniature bank building to be erected in Alamo Plaza across from the post office as headquarters for the War Savings Stamp campaign are now complete.  Work on the bank will start as soon as materials and mill work can be delivered.

A storm system dumps a record daily rainfall of 11.26 inches on San Antonio, causing massive flooding in Olmos Basin and into Alamo Heights. It claims 29 lives in seven counties, leaves more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes and causes about $1 billion in property damage.