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June 15 in San Antonio history…

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The San Antonio Public Library opens in the Carnegie-funded building on Market Street (right).

Plunging into space simultaneously from different planes, seven Brooks Field soldiers today floated gracefully to the ground in one of the most unusual parachute demonstrations ever attempted at a government field.

Construction workers at the new San Antonio Library were expected to return to work after a dispute involving metal cups, which some workers said were unsanitary.


June 2 in San Antonio history…

The largest artesian well ever opened in the downtown district of San Antonio gushed forth water estimated at 3,500 gallons per minute onto College Street yesterday when the Dingman Drilling company, boring on the site where the new Majestic theater is to be built, reached a depth of 794 feet.  The well will be used for the cooling system of the theater and for the water supply for the office building.

Officials announced completion of a federally-financed restoration job on San Antonio’s San Jose mission.

The Westfall branch library opens.

June 1 in San Antonio history…

Black voters will be barred from the polls at the July primary in Bexar County, it was indicated today as plans neared completion for a city-county machine caucus tomorrow to name candidates on the county Democratic ticket.

The Smith-Young Tower [now Tower Life Building] is completed at a cost of $3 million.  It will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River until the late 1950s.  The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

The San Antonio Library begins bookmobile service (right) to rural locations in Bexar County.


May 26 in San Antonio history…

The Light announces that a small “community auditorium” will be built in San Pedro Park at a cost of $50,000.  The structure, the San Antonio Little Theater,  was built with stones carefully salvaged when the old Market House on Market, just off Main Plaza, was torn down.

The colorful medical, political and oratorial career of Dr. John Richard Brinkley of Del Rio ended today when death came to the noted gland-rejuvenation surgeon at his San Antonio home.

Sheriff Owen Kilday announced today that two television sets will be installed for prisoners at the County Jail.

May 13 in San Antonio history…

Setting a precedent for future celebrations of the same nature, more than 200 San Antonians gathered Sunday afternoon at the YMCA to celebrate the day that had been set aside in honor of “the best mother in the world, your mother.”

A new “aerial welcome mat” goes up at Winburn Field (right).  The sign was constructed by William Steinhardt of Mission Airplane Services, distributors of the Ryan monoplane and Monocoupe.  Stinson Field was renamed for San Antonio Light reporter Bill Winburn, who was killed in a plane crash, in October 1927.

Complete to the last blade of grass,  San Antonio’s newly constructed open-air theater on the San Antonio River behind the public library, has been pronounced ready for service today by officials of the river beautification project.



January 18 in San Antonio history…

Leopold Wolfson buys the White Elephant Saloon to expand his dry goods business.   The building is destroyed on Oct. 1, 2011 in a fire.

Pedestrian traffic control will be inaugurated in San Antonio within 30 days, police said today.  Equipment for installing pedestrian signal lights arrived today.  The city commission must now assess penalties for jaywalking.

San Antonio shivered in its coldest winter temperature recorded since 1899 as the temperature fell to an 11 degree reading.  A four degree reading was recorded in 1899.

January 16 in San Antonio history…

Bluebonnet Hotel
The Bluebonnet Hotel at St. Mary’s and Pecan street opens for business.

San Antonio’s motorcycle patrolmen may soon be equipped with electric machine guns.  C. A. Stockholm, their inventor, said he will give them to the police if the city approves.  The guns are fired by the ignition switch.

A benefit concert for “Fiddlin’ Frenchie” Burke is held at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne.  Performers are: Moe Bandy & the Rodeo Clowns, Johnny Bush & the Bandeleros, Bubba Littrell & the Melody Mustangs and George Strait & the Ace in the Hole Band.

November 18 in San Antonio history…

The Fox Company retail store at 209 Alamo Plaza is destroyed by fire resulting in $150,000 damage and the death of a night watchman.  The film developing and mail order business of the Fox Company at 1734 Broadway is not affected.

The San Antonio Light reports that open house for the dedication by President Kennedy of the new Air Force School of Aerospace medical buildings at Brooks Air Force Base will start at 11 a.m. Thursday. A variety of space age displays will be on view, including a display of the X15 research rocket plane and the X20 Dyna-Soar manned space craft.


“A Christmas Story” debuts at the Galaxy and Century South theaters.  “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

“The Far Side” and “Calvin & Hobbes” first appear in the San Antonio Express-News, replacing “Porterfield” and “Pavlov,” respectively.

July 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Secretary of War has declared baseball to be non-essential under the “work or fight” regulations and the owners of the American and National League teams will meet this week to see if the games with continue in restricted form or be abandoned altogether for the duration of the war.

Bids are being received for the new one and two-story bus terminal buildings to be constructed at the corner of Navarro, Martin and Pecan streets.  The building is to be of brick, stone, tile and concrete construction and is to be of Spanish design.  It will cost approximately $200,000.

The Gibbs Building is advertised for sale for $275,000.

March 9 in San Antonio history…

The first Canary Islanders arrive in San Antonio.  Their legacy lives on today in Main Plaza downtown, also called Plaza de las Islas.

Former San Antonio mayor A. I. (Arthur Ingersoll) Lockwood passed away today at 1:30 p.m.  He served as mayor pro-tempore from December 6, 1892 to February 26, 1893.  He formerly was employed by the government in the quartermaster department when the office of the quartermaster was in the Alamo chapel.

In the early morning hours, the bell tower of San Jose Mission collapses.  Archbishop Drossaerts has given architect Atlee Ayers charge of the reconstruction.