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December 9 in San Antonio history…

The Baylor Bears play the Haskell Fighting Indians from the Haskell Institute, a Native American school located in Lawrence, Kansas.  Haskell defeats Baylor, 21 to 20, in front of 4,200 fans at Schwab Field.  The Haskell team features John Levi, now enshrined in the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame and Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.  The Baylor squad features Wesley Bradshaw at quarterback, now enshrined in the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. From the 1900s to the 1930s, Haskell’s football program was referred to as the “Powerhouse of the West,” playing teams from Harvard, Yale, Brown, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma A&M, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is first broadcast, at 6:30 on CBS (KENS Channel 5).

Mrs. Steve Nava, of 218 Wingate Street, becomes the first patient directly admitted to the new $17.5 million Bexar County Hospital (now University Hospital).


August 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Three planes from Kelly Field, flying in triangular formation, made the journey to Green Lake, Texas yesterday and returned – a distance of 130 miles – without ever breaking formation or being at a greater distance than 25 feet apart.  This is considered a remarkable record in formation flying.

The Bexar County commissioners wiped a town out of existence this morning. This was the town of Viva, about 18 miles north of San Antonio on the Kerrville branch of the S.A.A.P. railroad.

Workers spend five hours removing the 4,000-pound marquee from the Texas Theater (right) only to have it bend and crumble due to structural rust.  The marquee was due to have been donated to the Institute of Texan Cultures.

August 13 in San Antonio history…

This morning, Judge James R. Davis submitted a petition from property owners in the settlement of Viva, between San Antonio and Leon Springs on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass railroad, that the streets and alleys in the 35-year-old town be ordered closed. The commissioners’ court granted the petition. Thus, the township was wiped out. There were no casualties.

Mary, a 26-year-old spider monkey known to thousands of San Antonians, died in the Brackenridge Park zoo hospital this morning. She was the first animal to be placed in the zoo and the first spider monkey born in the U.S.

Northside School District opens three new elementary schools – Monroe May , Virginia Myers and Henry Steubing – thanks to a $98 million bond package approved by voters in 1995.

August 12 in San Antonio history…

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.

Kelly’s gigantic C-99, heretofore known as the XC-99 will open a new area in its historic flights today when it takes off on its first intercontinental flight for Europe.

August 11 in San Antonio history…

The second radio station in San Antonio, WCAR, begins broadcasting from 324 N. Navarro St.  It is later renamed KTSA (which stands for Kum TSan Antonio). (License date 5/9/22)

Station Officer Levi Stowe reported to headquarters that a cross, 16 feet high and with a cross arm of 10 feet, was burned at the foot of Fairview Avenue, four blocks east of S. Presa.

Mother and daughter duo Naomi and Wynonna Judd make their first San Antonio appearance at Texas Dance Hall.

August 7 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Dewey Pittman, a member of the U. S. Marines, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Pittman of 2417 Mohawk Street, was listed as “killed in action” today.  His father is a member of the San Antonio police force and his brother, Millard, is also a Marine stationed at Parris Island, S.C.  Dewey was 20 years old.

Permission to drive through downtown streets clad only in swimming suits, was refused a dozen belles bound for Lambert Beach and Brackenridge Park.

The first contribution to the newly constructed Alamo museum, comprising valued documents of early Texas, has been received by Mrs. Leita Small, Alamo custodian. The documents were presented by Mrs. Susan Miller, 115 Humphrey street, and her kinswoman, Mrs. James Sandusky Clarke, of Baltimore. Mrs. Clarke is a guest at the Miller home. Among the relics is the diary of James McKnight, who fought in the Texas revolution. The diary is dated 1838. McKnight was an ancestor of he donors. Still another of the documents is a letter dated 1842 and signed by T. Borden Jr., as collector of customs at Galveston.

August 5 in San Antonio history…

The Alamo souvenir booth has been closed for the summer months, as the keep says the times are too hard for people to buy patriotic emblems, etc.

1918 – World War I
A new order to save fuel, already in effect in most places, becomes operative here tonight.  The order requires that street lights be kept to a minimum and that lights for display and illumination of business houses be reduced to absolute necessity.  It designates Monday and Tuesday nights each week as “lightless nights.”

San Antonio’s first radio station (WJAE) begins broadcasting, but lasts only a few months.


July 24 in San Antonio history…

A new bell for Madison Square Presbyterian Church was formally dedicated in ceremonies at the parsonage.

1918 – World War I
The city is planning to acquire West End Lake and a considerable tract of land surrounding it for park purposes.

Women will be put on the police force if a petition that will come before the city council is favorably acted upon by the committee on fire and police.  The petition, signed by six prominent San Antonio women, was presented to Mayor Richter.

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).