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January 7 in San Antonio history…

As a result of injuries sustained in a fall from a window of the St. Anthony Hotel yesterday morning about 4 o’clock, Henry Lee Borden, 39 years old, prominent lawyer of Houston, died this morning at a local sanitarium.  John T. Crotty, also of Houston, who shared the hotel room with Judge Borden, gave it as his belief that Borden, half awake, mistook the window opening for a door and walked out, falling before he could catch his balance.

The first talking picture is shown as a press premiere at the Aztec Theater:  ”Don Juan” starring John Barrymore (right).

50 years ago today, the temperature dropped to a bitter 15 degrees, only one degree higher than the all-time record for the date from 1886.

January 5 in San Antonio history…

January 5 in San Antonio history...

Bexar County is created by order of the Republic of Texas Congress. It was originally much, much larger. By 1850, it went all the way to the panhandle! 128 Texas counties have been created from Bexar County.

The Delaware Punch Company of Texas opens their new bottling facility at San Marcos and Granado Streets.

Local San Antonio weathermen Jim Dawson, Albert Flores and John Willing are taking a lot of flak from viewers for missing the snowfall on January 2nd. Willing, the only meteorologist, wanted to make a snow prediction but was gun-shy due to past snow predictions that didn’t pan out. KSAT’s weatherman, Dawson, quips, “Let’s face it. It takes a lot of guts to put snow in the forecast in San Antonio.”

October 8 in San Antonio history…

Ending with his sensational “Slide to Death” from the eight-story Alamo National Bank building, Johnny Reynolds, the “human fly,” will put on the most spectacular free show of the week tonight at 8 o’clock in the interest of the Liberty Loan.

San Antonio is destined to become the center of study and research for this entire section of the state as the result of the establishment of the Witte Memorial Museum in Brackenridge Park, according to Professor J.A. Pearce of the University of Texas.  Professor Pearce was the featured speaker at the formal opening of the museum today.

“It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”
Richter’s Bakery begins advertising sliced Butter Krust bread (right) along with the traditionally unsliced loaves.


October 4 in San Antonio history…

Due to World War I, San Antonio restaurant keepers have been notified by the Bexar County Community Labor Board to replace their male employees with women.  This is the first direct action by the board to substitute female labor for male.

The first radio broadcast of the World Series takes place in Newark, New Jersey with announcers giving reports from a telegraph wire.  Unfortunately in San Antonio, baseball fans have to watch updates on an automated scoreboard outside the Empire Theater (right).

Buddy Holly & the Crickets make their only San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium with “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’57.” Along with the Crickets, the bill includes: Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, The Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Eddie Cochran, The Diamonds, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen and Paul Anka. The concert of many rock and roll stars was probably overshadowed with the news that the Soviet Union had launched an artificial “star” that day – Sputnik.



October 3 in San Antonio history…

Police Chief Lancaster said the Barnum and Bailey Circus has been notified that it would not be permitted to show here Saturday. Reason is there is fear it will aggravate the spread of influenza throughout the city.  (This was during the “Spanish Flu” epidemic.)

Joske Brother’s extends an invitation for all baseball fans to visit the store tomorrow.  Radio results for game one of the World Series “hot out of the air from the big Eastern broadcasting stations” will be supplied to fans through a five-stage amplifier set up in the men’s department.

H.E.B. opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.


September 4 in San Antonio history…

The cornerstone is laid for the Joske’s building at the corner of Alamo and Commerce Streets.

The San Antonio Evening News publishes its first issue.

San Antonio switches over to the dial telephone system. Telephone exchanges change from Crockett, Travis, Mission and Woodlawn to Belmont, Cathedral, Fannin, Garfield, Kenwood, Lambert, Parkview and Pershing.

June 26 in San Antonio history…

Beginning this morning, Bexar County women are able to obtain registration receipts to enable them to vote in the upcoming July primary.  The receipts must be obtained at the courthouse in the office of the tax collector.

The mayor and city commissioners have approved $10,000 to purchase DDT to be used for polio control.

Southwestern Bell officials announced that South Texas would soon have two area codes.  San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley would remain 512 and Austin, Corpus Christi and Kingsville would receive a new but as yet undetermined designation.  The change is slated to take place in late 1992 or early 1993.
[Despite what the article stated, San Antonio’s area code changed to 210 on Nov. 1, 1992]

June 11 in San Antonio history…

Custodian Bennett of the Alamo has discovered several traces of blood on the walls of the historic old building. They had been covered with whitewash.

The City Council is considering purchase of several lots for the creation of Romana Plaza at the junction of Soledad, Romana, Camden, Main and San Pedro. The triangular plaza would also include property of the Main Avenue fire station.

Recently, Joseph Dawson, a local beekeeper and deputy sheriff, noticed little 5-year-old Elida Rodriguez crawling on her hands and knees to get around.  Elida lost the use of her legs due to an attack of polio when she was nine months old.  Dawson fashioned a pair of oak crutches for her using only a saw and a pocket knife.  He says he will make crutches for any polio victim for free.

March 26 in San Antonio history…

Alamo Plaza has won the location of the new Grand Opera House. It is also a prominent and strong candidate for the site of the new government building.

The Texas legislature passes a law permitting women to vote in all primary elections and nominating conventions in Texas.

Lackland Air Force Base has begun construction of five buildings that will be the beginning of the “super barracks” for Air Force basic trainees.  The buildings, which will cost $3 million each to build, will house 1,040 men.  The first of the new buildings is scheduled for completion in February 1969.  All five should be completed by June 1969.


March 12 in San Antonio history…

Groos Bank and Store is opened for business.  This building, at the corner of Commerce and Navarro (then known as Groos Alley) is first building specifically for banking in San Antonio.

The new Main Avenue High School opens on the site of previous building.

A statue of Popeye, made here by taxidermist Monroe Nowotny, was made ready for a jaunt to Crystal City, the spinach capital, for exhibition.