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August 21 in San Antonio history…

1928
Notification of the acceptance by the Secretary of War of the site offered by San Antonio as the future home of the Air Corps Training Center, was received here today.  Land for the “West Point of the Air” was donated by the city.

1948
Thirty-one days out of the past three months have recorded temperatures of 100 degrees or more, the highest number on record in the weather bureau.  The previous record of 18 days was in 1911.  (The record is now 58 days, set in 2009.)

1955
All new police cars are being equipped with beacon-ray emergency red lights that flash revolving red beams as a warning to all.  Sixteen lights have been installed and are in operation now, said Capt. Frank Mosel.  They are replacing the old blinker lights which were much smaller and flashed only forward.

 

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August 2 in San Antonio history…

1928
Bexar Country today boasted its first woman sheriff. Mrs. Matilda Stevens, widow of Sheriff James Stevens, who died last night, was appointed to fill his unexpired term by the Commissioners Court.

1968
The Jolly Jack restaurant holds its grand opening at 4318 Broadway, offering free soft drinks and free pirate hats. (right)

1974
Laura Garcia and Karen Sheppard are the first two women to graduate from the San Antonio Police training academy.

 

July 15 in San Antonio history…

1895
Workmen began clearing out debris left in the Alamo after its use during the Civil War as a quartermaster storage barn.

1898
A Southern Pacific passenger train coming into this city from Houston made the last 57 miles between Luling and San Antonio at the rate of a mile a minute.  One of the passengers said, “Why,  I couldn’t count the telegraph poles!”

1928
For 10 years there has been no regular police force in San Antonio.  This came to light yesterday when it was revealed that none of the men employed in that period have been confirmed by the city commission as required by the city charter.

June 15 in San Antonio history…

19031903 Carnegie Library
The San Antonio Public Library opens in the Carnegie-funded building on Market Street (right).

1928
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.

1967
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…

1928
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.

1934
Officials announced completion of a federally-financed restoration job on San Antonio’s San Jose mission.

1963
The Westfall branch library opens.

June 1 in San Antonio history…

1928
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.

1929
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.

1936
The San Antonio Library begins bookmobile service (right) to rural locations in Bexar County.

 

May 26 in San Antonio history…

1928
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.

1942
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.

1955
Sheriff Owen Kilday announced today that two television sets will be installed for prisoners at the County Jail.

May 13 in San Antonio history…

1912
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.”

1928
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.

1940
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…

1886
Leopold Wolfson buys the White Elephant Saloon to expand his dry goods business.   The building is destroyed on Oct. 1, 2011 in a fire.

1928
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.

1930
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…

1928
Bluebonnet Hotel
The Bluebonnet Hotel at St. Mary’s and Pecan street opens for business.

1938
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.

1984
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.