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May 10 in San Antonio history…

The King of Spain issues a royal cedula ordering that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands for the purpose of establishing a civilian settlement in the vicinity of the Presidio de Bejar.

1918 – World War I
Police Judge M. E. Buckley issues a warning to San Antonians saying, “I have decided to impose a severe penalty against those persons who are making it habit to get drunk at bars just beyond the dry zone and returning to San Antonio to celebrate the occasion.” The warning is issued because the speed and recklessness of the automobile drivers endangers themselves and others on the road.

Erection of a memorial monument to George W. Brackenridge has been proposed to the mayor by local citizens.


April 20 in San Antonio history…

The Lozier automobile is advertised in the San Antonio Light for $5000.  Adjusted for inflation, this would be $125,000 in today’s money.

1918 – World War I
Last night’s Fiesta parade was judged by many to have been the “best of the week.”  It was a two-part parade consisting of sixteen “Parade of the Allies” floats and a long procession of automobiles.

Guerilla warfare between Sheriff Jim Stevens and a band of auto strippers reached a climax last night when avenging thieves invaded the basement of the courthouse and drove off a car belonging to an investigator of the district attorney’s office.

March 30 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
San Antonians are preparing for the Daylight Savings time change tonight.  The San Antonio Light reports that there “will be no change in working hours, railroad train schedules or anything else.  People will rise early in the coolness of a summer morning, finish their work an hour earlier in the day, devote the remaining daylight hours to recreation or the planting of “war gardens” and save fuel and electricity by going to bed early at night.”

Four masked and armed bandits entered the San Antonio National Bank at noon today and escaped with $19,000.

The Dallas Times Herald said today that a San Antonio group has reached satisfactory terms for purchase of the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. The newspaper said the sale price is around $1 million and is expected to be announced over the weekend if the ABA approves.

March 10 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that the  first San Antonio member of the American expeditionary force to lose his life on the field of battle in France was Lieut. Louis J. Jordan, a native of Fredericksburg, a celebrated football star at the University of Texas as who formerly was with the transportation department of the San Antonio Public Service Company.  Notice of the death of Jordan was conveyed in a telegram from the War Department saying that he had been “killed in action.”  (He was killed on March 5.)

Mayor Tobin began negotiations for an 80-foot strip of land on Bowen’s Island to be used in the city’s flood prevention program. Plans call for a huge tunnel to be dug across the river bend in the downtown section.

The Alameda Theater on Houston Street (right) holds its grand opening.

February 10 in San Antonio history…

The new traffic ordinance goes into effect in two days.  Police Chief Lancaster has directed the printing of several thousand booklets containing a synopsis of the more important regulations, such as:  “Drivers must signal to drivers behind them before stopping by raising the hand or whip” and “No intoxicated person or person under the influence of liquor shall operate a vehicle on the streets of the city.”

Sheriff’s deputies have uncovered what they believe to have been a plot to blow up historic San Jose Mission. Several sticks of explosives, the type used in blasting operations, were found within 50 feet of the mission’s rear door.

Randy’s Rodeo promises “eight hours of entertainment” with country & western singers Ferlin Husky, David Houston & the Persuaders, Craig Dillingham, Slim Roberts, Shoji Tabuchi and Generation Gap, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

December 17 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
San Antonio Mayor Sam Bell declares December 17 “Red Cross Day” and calls “upon all loyal and patriotic people residing within said city to observe said day by raising or hoisting Red Cross flags upon all flag poles, public buildings and other prominent public places within said city on said day, that we may by this expression of our sympathy with said cause at least lend some help and encouragement to the officers and members of this great organization that is doing so much to help relieve the sufferings of those who have been maimed, wounded or made destitute by the awful conflict that is now being waged for humanity.”

The Texas Theater holds its formal grand opening.  The theater will be opened to the public on December 18.

San Antonio’s Robert E. Lee High School, with Tommy Kramer at quarterback, captures the 4A state championship, 28-27, over Wichita Falls.  This was the first high school game played at the then-brand new Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

December 11 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Thirteen members of the Twenty-fourth Infantry, United States Army, found guilty on August 23, were hanged on the military reservation at Fort Sam Houston at 7:17 o’clock this morning.

Olmos Dam is dedicated and opened to traffic.

WOAI-TV Channel 4 was dedicated today (right). The station begins broadcasting regular programming at 4:45 in the afternoon and signs off at 9:00 pm. The feature program is the SMU-Notre Dame game from Dec. 3.  The program was condensed to 40 minutes by eliminating huddles and time between plays.

December 2 in San Antonio history…

The moss-covered fountain in the patio of the county courthouse, for so long a beautiful relic of history, is to be sent to the Joske Memorial Home to make room for expansion.

The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Kelly AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery at Wilford Hall.  He would leave the US on December 15 and reside in Panama until March 1980 when he relocated to Egypt.  He died there on July 27, 1980 and is buried in Cairo.

November 19 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The “dare devil” riders of Motorcycle Company 303 are now stationed at Ft. Sam Houston.  This company is one of three that has been organized for the carrying of dispatches and the execution of daring and dangerous work between battle lines.

San Antonio may have a professional football season of six weeks starting Dec. 15.  Officials of the Buffalo, N.Y. Bisons are reportedly in contact with the owners of League Park in efforts to use the space as a field.

Joske’s debuts their Christmas “Fantasy Land” on the fourth floor of their main store downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Institute of Texan Cultures.)

November 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The San Antonio branch of the National League for Woman’s Service has sent out an open letter to the women of surrounding towns asking for their co-operation in supplying the Texas boys at Camp Bowie  with needed woolen garments.  More than fifty letters were mailed today, some going as far away as towns near Corpus Christi.

With charred ruins of buildings and trees stripped of their branches prevailing, a scene of desolation marks the spot today where the French village at Camp Stanley was bombarded during the filming of “Wings.”

Buddy Meyers, blind operator of the courthouse cigar stand, today had returned from Morristown, New Jersey with a real “seeing-eye” dog, the only one of its kind in the city.