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February 3 in San Antonio history…

A meeting of the executive board of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas was held today at the home of Mrs. Max Urwitz in Houston.  Many affairs of interest and importance were taken up, among them being the matter of purchasing a portrait of Davy Crockett to be hung in the Alamo.  Miss Adina De Zavala is still working to acquire the Alamo mission and make it a hall of fame and museum of Texas.  She has collected a great many interesting objects, including a heavy glass decanter picked up on the battlefield of San Jacinto by J. P. Jones of Milam County.

1918 – World War I
Eighty-eight pairs of shoes have been sent to Camp Travis from the supply depot at Philadelphia especially for Mose Jefferson, of Goose Creek.  Not one of them is large enough to fit his size 15 foot.

The Ku Klux Klan, hooded, clad in white, visited Travis Park Methodist Church, and made a $100 donation.


September 25 in San Antonio history…

The perfected arrangements for the construction in this city of the largest hotel in the South were made public today.  The company has been incorporated with a capital of $2,000,000, every dollar of which will be put into the hotel.  The incorporators are Mrs. Mary Maverick, George Maverick, Sam Maverick, Albert Maverick and Reagan Houston, all of San Antonio.  The building will occupy the site of the old Maverick homestead on Avenue D, opposite the new post office.

1917 – World War I
The Camp Travis base hospital is ready to receive patients. A medical officer and detachment of enlisted men have been stationed at the hospital and several hundred beds are ready. The building are rapidly being completed and within a few days all of them will be ready for occupancy.  At the present time the hospital is sufficiently finished to meet all camp requirements. The buildings cost about $600,000 and have been less than a month in building.

Radio station WOAI (“World OAgricultural Information”) transmits its first radio broadcast. It is the third radio station in San Antonio (right).

August 12 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The cantonment buildings at Camp Travis will be finished and ready for occupancy August 25, six days ahead of schedule, thus probably shattering the world’s record for this class of construction, according to an official telegram sent to the War Department by Major George E. Thorne and Thomas A. Carr, representing, respectively, the government and the Stone & Webster Company. Although one of the three largest of the sixteen cantonments under construction throughout the country, it will be the first to be completed, thus winning a race against time in which all the contractors were contestants.

Frost Bank moves into its new multistory “skyscraper” at the SW corner of Commerce and Flores streets (now the Municipal Plaza Building.)

“Wings”, a silent World War I epic filmed in San Antonio, premieres in New York.  The movie stars Clara Bow and Buddy Rogers and features the (brief) film debut of Gary Cooper.  The next year, “Wings” will be the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.



August 11 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The war of the Cibolo River is at an end. With the spectacular clash  between the Red and the Blue forces of Camp Funston student officers in the trenches of the Fifty-seventh In­fantry Friday night, four days of gruelling mimic warfare for the stu­dents was brought to a close.

San Antonio’s second radio station (WCAR) begins broadcasting from 324 N. Navarro St. It is later renamed KTSA. (License date 5/9/22)

Bexar County Commissioners Court in a special resolution passed this morning, censured the city of San Antonio for its “ill-advised” granting of a permit for a Communist Party meeting in the Municipal Auditorium.

July 14 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Soldiers’ Club on the sixth floor of the Calcasieu building was formally dedicated last night with a brief but interesting program, and turned over to the enlisted men to operate for their own benefit by the War Recreation Board. Following the entertainment features the following soldiers were elected to serve as a temporary house committee in charge of the club until the organization is affected and officers elected by the men: Sergeant Melba of the Third Field Artillery; Sergeants Magunson and Hankler of the Nineteenth Infantry; Sergeant Stamper and Corporal Coates of the Third Cavalry.

A young man with a gunny sack full of marijuana was arrested by Detective Ruhnke this morning when he spotted the stems poking through the sack.  It is believed to be the largest quantity of the weed to be confiscated by police here since the enactment of a a law against its possession last September.

The Sunken Garden Theatre is dedicated and opened with a performance of “The Bohemian Girl” by the San Antonio Civic Opera.

July 13 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The St. Anthony Hotel offers a “Funwilkel Night” for soldiers at Camp FUNston, Camp WILson and Camp KELly.

Ridiculing and denouncing the “Invisible Empire,” Harry Hertzberg, State Senator and Congressional aspirant, asserted that the Ku Klux Klan is the dominant issue in the campaign, and that the Klan has a candidate in the field for the Democratic nomination for Congress. His speech was heard by an audience of about 1,200 men and women at Beethoven Hall.  Mr. Hertzberg address the young men of the Klan, saying, “To them I would say, come back and reclaim your birthright as an American citizen.”

San Antonio Independent School District votes to integrate beginning in the fall.

July 9 in San Antonio history…

The charter of the San Antonio Public Service Company of San Antonio has been filed with the secretary of state in Austin.

Robert E. O’Grady, owner of the Argyle Hotel, was chosen as the first mayor of Alamo Heights in yesterday’s election. Aldermen are W. H. Hume, J.C. Talcott, Paul Villaret, Dr. W. S. Hamilton and Ben Hammond. W. G. Tobin was elected town marshall.

Olmos Pharmacy is listed as item # 4392862742 for sale on eBay.

June 20 in San Antonio history…

The architect for Alamo Heights said the new addition would be “a strictly fashionable residence area.”

Residents of Alamo Heights vote overwhelmingly to incorporate.  The vote cast today was the heaviest ever recorded on an incorporation election there, all others having been voted down. The favorable vote this time is said to have been due to the rumored extension of the city limits of San Antonio which would have taken in the Heights.

San Antonio chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today voted unanimously to instruct its legal redress committee to take immediate steps to have the city’s segregated swimming pool ordinance declared unconstitutional.

March 31 in San Antonio history…

The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 12-8, in an exhibition game at League Park.  Babe Ruth hits a home run and even Wally Pipp gets a base hit.

2nd. Lt. Carla Houtz, an Army nurse at Brooke Army Medical Center, is crowned Miss BAMC for 1966 in festivities at Service Club No. 1.  Entertainment is provided by The Commands backed by the Dell Tones.  Special guest is actor Glenn Corbett of Route 66 fame.

“The world’s most unusual hotel” was dedicated in San Antonio today when the Hilton Palacio del Rio opened its doors in time for HemisFair.  The 500-room, 22-story hotel built by H. B. Zachry was completed in 10 months after architects started work on the plans.

February 11 in San Antonio history…

Miss Julia Grothaus, a native San Antonian and a graduate of the School of Library Science, University of Illinois, had been appointed assistant librarian of the Carnegie Public Library.

The American Freedom Train arrives in San Antonio for a four-day visit to celebrate the Bicentennial.

Country music superstars (Kix) Brooks and (Ronnie) Dunn perform at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo for the first time.