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September 24 in San Antonio history…

The city brewery is repairing several blocks of River [now Broadway] on its own account since the street was so full of holes their big wagon could not get out.

1918 – World War I
Col. Alexander Weatherill, chief of staff of the 18th division, Camp Travis, contradicts an Associated Press report from Washington that states that there is influenza in Camp Travis, saying, “Such [a] report is not only not substantiated by facts, but is positively dangerous to the morale of the camp.”

“Thunder” is selected from over 1,500 entries for San Antonio’s new North American Soccer League team.  Mike Boyle is named General Manager of the team.  He was previously GM of the San Antonio Brewers.


September 23 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Today begins “Old Clothes Week,” a clothing drive sponsored by the Red Cross to aid those in Belgium and France in need of clothing.  The quota for San Antonio is 12,000 pounds (6 tons) of clothes.

North Star Mall opens at the corner of San Pedro and Loop 410. (above)
(photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News “From the Vault” blog)

KMOL-TV (Channel 4) returns to their pre-1975 call letters of WOAI-TV.

September 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that last Monday a Kelly Field flyer, who had been lost in the clouds, flew low over a settlement and circled around the depot trying to read the name of the town.  He failed to see a large telephone pole, crashing into it and falling to ground.  The aviator only received a few scratches but Marion was without telephone service for several hours.

Autograph hunters stormed the special train of the Hollywood bond cavalcade as 17 of the nation’s top screen stars arrived in San Antonio to boost sales in the Bexar County war loan drive.  They all rode in separate jeeps down the Fiesta parade route.  Stars included:  Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Kathryn Grayson, Deanna Durbin, Harpo Marx, Greer Garson, Jose Iturbi and Kay Kyser with his Kollege of Musical Knowledge.  They all performed in a revue at Municipal Auditorium.  The price of admission was the purchase of a $25 (or greater) war bond.

Trout Fishing in America plays Cibolo Creek Country Club.

September 21 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that Sgt. Thomas D. Applewhite, son of Mrs. Fannie W. Applewhite, custodian of the Alamo, was killed in action on the Western Front in France on August 17.  Mr. Applewhite was 41 years old.

All ten First Mate seafood restaurants have gone out of business because they were not making enough money, a spokesman for the owners said today.  The corporation has not gone bankrupt but all stores were closed Aug. 22, according to Jack Willome, vice-president at Ray Ellison Industries.  Ellison was the principal owner of the San Antonio restaurants.

Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.

September 20 in San Antonio history…

A city ordinance prohibiting “scalping” tickets to entertainment and sporting events was passed by the San Antonio City Council.

1918 – World War I
In order to conserve material badly needed in connection with the manufacture of carbon for gas masks, the people of San Antonio are asked to save their fruit seeds and turn them over to the Reclamation Office, Quartermaster’s Corps, 703 East Commerce Street. Col. Daniel McCarthy asks that people of San Antonio assist in this patriotic work by saving peach stones, prune pits, cherry pits, apricot pits, plum pits, olive pits and date seeds.

“Hawaii Five-0” premieres on KENS Channel 5 as a two-hour movie.  The pilot episode is entitled “Cocoon.”  The police drama starring Jack Lord will run for 12 seasons until April 5, 1980.

September 19 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Salvation Army Hut at Victor Street and Austin Road, near what is known as Parade Rest, west of Camp Travis, will be formally dedicated this evening at 8 o’clock.

Two wars, the Spanish-American and the World War are to be fought at Camp Stanley and Camp Bullis within the next few days by Hollywood stars and technicians. Spectators may watch if they stay out of battles. (This was the for the filming of the movie “Wings,” which won the Academy Award.)

San Francisco’s Jefferson Airplane plays Municipal Auditorium.

September 18 in San Antonio history…

Instead of Camp Funston, the officers will train at the newly named Camp Stanley, named for Gen. David Stanley, former commander of Ft. Sam Houston.

1918 – World War I
The Grand Theater features “To Hell With the Kaiser,” the “stirring story of American girls’ wrongs at the hands of the German Crown Prince.”

Brief ceremonies were held today beneath the wing of the 1,00th B-52 bomber to be repaired at Kelly Air Force Base, just minutes before the plane took off for a duty assignment with the Strategic Air Command.

September 17 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Five negro soldiers of Company I, 24th United States Infantry, are hanged at daybreak on the Ft. Sam Houston military reservation, for crimes committed during the mutiny and riot of the third battalion of that regiment at Houston, Texas on the night of August 23, 1917.

Alfonso Arau performs in the International Theater as part of the festivities for “Mexico Week” at Hemisfair ’68.

Hurricane Gilbert spawns a total of 47 tornadoes in South Central Texas (and at least 13 in Bexar County), causing three fatalities in San Antonio. Local damage was estimated at $35 million with damage to vehicles, homes, apartments and businesses

September 16 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

1918 – World War I
“Clean Up Week,” a six-day clean up and salvage campaign, begins today all across Texas.  Mayor Bell has asked all San Antonians to reclaim all materials that might be salvaged and to assist the city in tidying up and improving sanitary conditions.

The Prospect Hill library has its grand opening at 1 p.m. today at 2322 Buena Vista. Mrs. Mary Walthall will be the librarian at the branch.  The library will be open every day except Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

September 15 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Local optometrist H. C. Rees offers the Triplex aviation goggles (“ordered seven months ago”) for sale for $10.00 ($160.51 in 2018 dollars.)  Just the thing for San Antonio flyboys.

At 12:01 a.m., Prohibition ends.  Anheuser-Busch sends their brewery wagon and Clydesdale horse team to distribute the beer in downtown San Antonio.

Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47.