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June 9 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Registration in the National League for Woman’s Service began in San Antonio today. The first step is a movement to secure the assistance of every woman in the city, stimulating more efficient work, co-ordinating all endeavors, giving every individual her part in the great undertaking on which this country is launched, was taken at the mass meeting of women this morning in the Gunter Hotel.

1918
In broad daylight under the eyes of detectives and scores of patrolmen, a daring San Antonio thief stole a policeman’s horse, tired directly in front of police headquarters. A general pursuit failed to catch him.

1926
Mayor Tobin outlined plans to convert the downtown river into a veritable fairyland, rivaling in beauty the canals of Venice.

June 4 in San Antonio history…

1909
Orders have been issued changing the name of Aue, a station on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad, to Leon Springs.

1917 – World War I
A conference of county and city authorities was held today to determine what course of action to pursue with reference to the moral clean-up campaign demanded by Secretary of War Baker as a condition precedent to obtaining divisional training camps for San Antonio. It was unanimously agreed that whatever course of action may be desired by the government should and would have the fullest measure of co-operation by the joint action of the local authorities. Mayor Sa/n C. Bell was authorized to issue the formal statement to this effect. Notice to Property Owners. In order to show that this is not to be an empty promise it was understod that notices would be served Monday afternoon on persons owning property in the trans-San Pedro district, informing them that laws covering the rental of property for immoral purposes would be enforced* At the same time notices will be sent cut to men known to be operating gambling houses that they must cease doing so at4or.ee and that violation of this ordervwill be followed by raids and the destruction of gambling paraphernalia. A determined

1926
The Aztec Theatre opened promising “a totally new form of entertainment.”

May 14 in San Antonio history…

1716
The Spanish Council of War approves a site on the San Antonio River for a fortified presidio. The Domingo Ramon expedition, accompanied by the trader St. Denis from Louisiana (who had come to the site two years previously), established a presidio on the river at what is now San Pedro Park. This same council also approves the request by Father Olivares to establish a mission near the site.

1917 – World War I
The San Antonio Light remarks that “The United States has been at war with Germany 39 days and practically all the measures through which this government is to do its part in the world’s battle for humanity and civilization still are in the talking stage in Congress.”

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After being in storage for many years, the doors to the Veramendi Palace (right) were donated to the Alamo Museum today by John James.  Mr. James, along with the late Capt. F. F. Collins, has owned the doors since the old palace was razed about 15 years ago. The doors are made of hand-carved cedar and are so heavy that it takes six men to lift one.

January 1 in San Antonio history…

1926
The local Carnegie Library appealed to city residents to return long delinquent books.

1941
Owen Kilday becomes Bexar County Sheriff.  He will be the longest serving sheriff of Bexar County – until 1962.

1944Ramblerspennant
The Randolph Field Ramblers, a team made up of former college athletes serving in the military, play the University of Texas to a 7-7 tie in the Cotton Bowl.  This is the only San Antonio team to ever play in the Cotton Bowl and this was the first tie in the bowl game’s history.  Only 15,000 spectators witnessed the game due to heavy rain.

December 26 in San Antonio history…

1926
H.C Moore, Southern Pacific railroad engineer, escaped serious injury today when switch engine no. 131 exploded at the Southern Pacific roundhouse.  The engineer was hurled about thirty feet and was showered with oil and sand. After receiving first aid treatment, he was sent home where he is under the care of physicians.

1940
A messenger for the W. T. Grant store was held up by a lone gunman in the heart of the downtown district this morning and robbed of $3500 in Christmas receipts he was taking to the Frost National Bank. Tlie robbery occurred on the St. Mary’s street bridge across from the Public Service building.

1978
The J.C. Penney Company opens their sixth San Antonio store today at Ingram Park Mall.  The new store is the company’s 149th store in Texas and 2,090th in the J. C. Penney chain.  It has almost 180,000 square feet of floor space, 42 merchandise departments and 325 employees.

December 17 in San Antonio history…

1926
The Texas Theater holds its formal grand opening.  The theater will be opened to the public on December 18.

1945ercoupe
San Antonians flocked to Joske’s to see the new Ercoupe airplane on the fourth floor of the department store.  It was hoisted through a window, minus the wings, which it cleared by only three inches (right).  Three airplanes were sold in the first thirty minutes of business today.

1971
San Antonio’s Robert E. Lee High School, with Tommy Kramer at quarterback, captures the 4A state championship, 28-27, over Wichita Falls.  This is the first high school game played at the brand new Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

October 8 in San Antonio history…

1926
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.

1957buttrick
In what is billed as the “Women’s World Boxing Championship,” 90-lb. Barbara Buttrick (right) from Yorkshire, England defeats Phyliss Kugler in a unanimous decision after six rounds.  Santiago Gutierrez knocked out Eloy Tellez in the eighth round of the 10-round main event at Municipal Auditorium.  Buttrick and Kugler were the first two women to be issued boxing licenses in the state of Texas.

1974
Elvis Presley makes his fifth San Antonio appearance and first since 1972, playing a concert in Hemisfair Arena.

 

October 7 in San Antonio history…

1926
The Witte Museum is opened to the public.

1966
HemisFair President Marshall Steves today hailed congressional passage of the $7.5 million fair bill as “unquestionably, the most significant single development in our history to date.”

1992
President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari all flew to San Antonio and looked on today as their three trade ministers signed documents signaling an end to negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. “This meeting marks a turning point in the history of our three countries,” Bush told about 200 dignitaries and local business leaders packed into a courtyard at the Plaza San Antonio Hotel. “We are creating the largest, richest and most productive market in the entire world.”

September 3 in San Antonio history…

1926
Municipal Auditorium is dedicated as a memorial to the city’s WWI dead.

1977
The San Antonio Charros close out their inaugural season against the Austin Texans at Northside Stadium.  The Charros win, 52-34, completing a 9-1 season and undefeated in conference play.

1979
PM Magazine, with hosts Mario Bosquez and Peggy Kokernot, debuts on KSAT Channel 12 at 6:30 p.m.

 

August 25 in San Antonio history…

1926
Installation of the flood gates in the Olmos creek dam north of the city was begun today, assuring San Antonio permanent protection from floods.

1930
A sulphur smoke bomb was thrown in the Uptown Theater, 719 Fredericksburg Road, at the beginning of the last show but failed to stop the performance. Lights were turned on and the small blaze extinguished with a chemical fire extinguisher without calling the fire department. No reason for the throwing of the bomb could be given by Sol Rosenberg, manager of the Community Theater chain which operates the Uptown.

1939
A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.