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November 16 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone for the Paine Methodist Episcopal Church, the first Protestant church in San Antonio, is laid on Soledad street.

A benefit football game will be held at League Park today between the Camp Mabry and Camp Travis gridders.  All proceeds will go to the United War Work Fund.  An airplane will drop the football onto the field before the game.  As far as it is known, this is the first time an airplane will be used to begin a football game.

The $1,500,00 Nix Professional Building opens with great fanfare.  The Gothic 23-story building, “the first of its kind in the world,” features a basement with a cafeteria, tailor shop and barbershop; eight floors of car storage space, ten floors of office space and a 200-bed hospital on the top six floors.  There is also a private bathroom, a radio receiving set and a telephone in every room.

The character actor, Victor Sen Yung, who played Hop Sing in “Bonanza” and “No. 2 Son” in the Charlie Chan movies, was in San Antonio today selling woks.  He regaled shoppers at two Joske’s stores during demonstrations of cooking with a Farberware wok.


November 14 in San Antonio history…

Bread made entirely of wheat flour will appear on San Antonio tables for the first time since 1917.  Restrictions on the use of wheat have been removed by the food administration.

The Brackenridge Park skyride is opened to the public.

City Manager Henckel said today that he is considering closing Hemisfair Plaza for the winter or limiting it to a weekend operation due to poor attendance.  He is also studying whether or not to continue the 25-cent admission to the Plaza.

November 13 in San Antonio history…

The Empire Theatre is remodeled and opens as the Majestic Theater today.  Featured entertainment includes Thomas J. Keogh, Josephine Jacoby and the Edison Kinetograph of the London Steeplechase.  (Neither of these are the current Empire and Majestic theaters.)

Thousands of people crowded the sidewalks of the main streets of the city this afternoon to see San Antonio’s United War Work and Victory parade.  In order that everyone would have an opportunity to see the biggest parade the city has known, Mayor Bell declared a half-holiday today beginning at noon.

Country stars Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle perform together in Convention Center Arena.

November 12 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The bells of San Fernando, the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose and Mission Espada were all rung yesterday, announcing the armistice and calling all the people for prayers of thanksgiving.

The Harry Hertzberg Circus Room is formally opened at the San Antonio Public Library.

The San Antonio Spurs offer a “Country Night” promotion with a concert by Joe Stampley after the game against the Denver Nuggets.  The Spurs roll on, 126-107.

November 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I ends
The State Department makes the announcement at 2:45 a.m. that the armistice is signed and “The War to End All Wars” is ended.

The Alamo Cenotaph is dedicated with festivities and an Armistice Day parade.

Municipal Auditorium, dedicated in 1926 to San Antonio servicemen killed in World War I, is rededicated to include those killed in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Gutted by fire in 1979, the auditorium is scheduled to be reopened next year after almost $13 million in renovations.

November 10 in San Antonio history

The entire west block of Military Plaza, including the Fashion Theater (right), is consumed by fire.

1918 – World War I
It is believed that German surrender is imminent and the armistice will be signed as soon as the courier returns to Marshal Foch’s headquarters from the German Army headquarters.  He has been held up by the German failure to abide by the cease-fire order from the French.

Actress and former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield, makes an appearance at the Empire Theatre.  She is in San Antonio filming “The Warrens of Virginia” in Brackenridge Park.

November 9 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Private David B. Barkley, who enlisted in San Antonio, drowns while crossing the Meuse River on a scouting mission behind German lines near Pouilly-sur-Meuse, France.  He is later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and he is the second person to lie in state in the Alamo.  The son of Josef Barkley and Antonia Cantu of Laredo, he is the first Mexican-American Medal of Honor winner.

1918 – World War I
Prince Maximilian of Germany announces that Kaiser Wilhelm II has abdicated both the crown of Imperial Germany and Prussia.  Maximilian himself is forced to resign as Chancellor of Germany.  Friedrich Ebert of the Social Democratic Party of Germany takes control.

Bexar County voters registered 18,372 to 15,664 in favor of a statewide amendment to repeal Texas’s 61-year-old poll tax.  Unfortunately, the rest of the state was much less progressive and the poll tax remains in place.

November 8 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The German armistice delegation has received the surrender terms from Marshal Foch and they have been given 72 hours to decide whether the terms should be accepted or rejected, expiring at 11:00 am French time, Monday, November 11.

Texas finally votes to abolish the poll tax for state and local elections. The poll tax had been abolished for federal elections in 1964.

San Antonio voters establish the creation of a Metropolitan Transit Authority (VIA) in San Antonio.

November 7 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Marshal Foch will receive the armistice delegation of four German officers bearing white flags at 5:00 p.m. French time (11:00 a.m. Central).

A party of seven Japanese Air Corps officers and one aeronautical engineer concluded a tour of U.S. and European bases with a visit to Kelly and Randolph Air Fields.

First live broadcast over WOAI-TV got underway this afternoon at Alamo Stadium gymnasium. Co-sponsored by the San Antonio Appliance Association, the shows will extend over a three-day period and will feature professional and amateur talent.

November 6 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Board of Education issued an order at their meeting last night for janitors of all the school buildings to have the rooms thoroughly fumigated as a precautionary measure against the spread of influenza when the schools are reopened.

The Witte Museum was offered and accepted a gift of $225,000 today from Mr. and Mrs. Richard Friedrich.  The money will be used to expand and landscape the present facility.

City Council approves the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s plan to purchase motorized replica streetcars to replace buses on downtown El Centro shuttle routes.