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December 29 in San Antonio history…

1845
Texas becomes the 28th state admitted to the Union.

1917 
The San Antonio, Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad, recently sold at a receiver’s sale, has been purchased by a party of San Antonio capitalists, the company reorganized and new article of incorporation filed with the secretary of state at Austin.  The San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Northern Railroad was built about three years ago by R. A. Love, formerly of Kansas City, and extends through part of Kendall and Gillespie Counties, a distance of 23.9 miles, connecting the town of Fredericksburg with the San Antonio & Aransas Pass railroad.

1929
City Attorney Thomas D. Cobbs has been instructed by Mayor Chambers to draw up an ordinance calling for bids for reconstruction of the old Spanish Governor’s Palace.  Architect is Harvey Smith.

December 18 in San Antonio history…

1929
San Antonio records 2.9 inches of snow.

1952
San Antonio churches, schools and business firms joined in the “Put Christ Back In Christmas” campaign, co-chaired by O. P. Schnabel.  Schnabel said the biggest display is at Travis Park where four religious groups (Methodist, Episcopalian, Lutheran and Catholic) are planning separate Christmas scenes.

1986
An investment group led by Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, Jr. drops its bid to acquire Diamond Shamrock Corp. only hours after Diamond Shamrock rejected the offer as inadequate.

December 17 in San Antonio history…

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

1929
Workmen begin conversion of the Princess Theater on Houston Street into Blum’s Department Store.  It was purchased in 1931 by Frost Brothers.  The building still stands at 217 E. Houston Street.

1991
Olmos Environmental Services has begun the delicate process of removing asbestos from the former Sears building, the site of the new main library at Romana Plaza downtown.  The work is expected to be completed within 85 days.

 

November 29 in San Antonio history…

1899
The newspaper reports that a man was taken to the City Hospital yesterday with a broken arm.  He tried to ride an ostrich at the ostrich farm.

1929
Modern jazz was denounced here today by William E. Jones of Denton, president of the Texas Music Teachers Association, at the opening of the annual convention at the St. Anthony Hotel.

1943
Sale of the Transit Tower for $460,000 to H. B. Zachry, San Antonio and Laredo contractor, was announced by San Antonio Transit Co.

November 15 in San Antonio history…

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Gene Meador Packard moves into their new building at Main and Poplar streets.  The building is still there but Packard has been gone since 1958.

1946
Two hundred South San Antonio High School students clashed with city firemen and police last night at the school campus when officals tried to put out a bonfire students had ignited for a homecoming game.

1964
The Express-News has acquired a new FCC-approved radio system to allow their reporters to communicate stories on-scene back to the news office.  “The Handie-Talkie is strapped to his belt and weighs no more than a photographer’s strobe light battery,” the article gushed.  “No other San Antonio newspaper, radio or TV station has a portable system like it.”

October 29 in San Antonio history…

1929
The Express-News dedicates its new building (right) at the corner of Alamo and 3rd streets on “Black Tuesday,” the fourth and last day of the stock market crash of 1929. Investors traded a record 16.4 million shares. They lost $14 billion on the New York Stock Exchange, worth $206 billion in 2019 dollars.

1949
All lights in Bexar County were out for the first time in history last night due to a public service power failure. The blackout extended beyond the county limits as far as Comfort, Boerne, Kerrville, New Braunfels, and Floresville.

1994
Texas A&M (7-0) and SMU (1-7) play a wild game in the Alamodome, ending in a 21-21 after a last-second missed field goal by the Mustangs.

August 29 in San Antonio history…

1909
Work has begun on the new building of the Wells-Fargo Express Co. at the Sunset Station which will be used as a depot office of the company.  The building will cost approximately $12,000.

1929
A plan to remodel the Travis Street bridge, recently condemned as a flood menace, rather than replace it with a new one, was announced by Street Commissioner Paul Steffler.

1955
The first black students in San Antonio’s history to be accepted for classes in public high schools with white students have been enrolled in Edgewood High School.

August 6 in San Antonio history…

1909
Declaring that the chili stands are a menace to public health, the board of health for a second time will send a request to the city that the stands not be permitted to do business on Alamo Plaza.

1929
There will be no change in bus fares when the ordinance fixing the new city limits takes effect, according to W. B. Tuttle, San Antonio Public Service Co., president.

1993
Ground is broken for the new Central Library building at 600 Soledad Street.

August 5 in San Antonio history…

1922
San Antonio’s first radio station (WJAE) begins broadcasting, but lasts only a few months.

1929
San Antonio’s annexation ordinance extending the city limits three miles in each direction, was passed on first reading by the city commission today.

1955
The 21st annual North-South All-Star high school football game is held in Alamo Stadium as the culminating event of the week-long Texas High School Coaches’ Association meeting held in the Alamo City.  The North team is coached by Mississippi State head coach, Darrell Royal, and the South is coached by Baylor University’s George Sauer.  The game ends in a 25-25 tie.

July 17 in San Antonio history…

1856
San Antonio’s city limits are set as one square league with the dome of San Fernando Cathedral as center (right), divided into four wards.

1929
Mayor C. M. Chambers announced today that the two branch public libraries, to be constructed out of the 1928 bond issue at a cost of $25,000 each, will be built in Roosevelt and San Pedro parks.  Work on the buildings will begin as soon as plans and specifications now being drawn by architects can be approved by the library board.

1945
Clara Driscoll, known as the “Savior of the Alamo” dies in her penthouse at the Driscoll Hotel in Corpus Christi. She is the fourth person to lie in state at the Alamo and is buried at Alamo Masonic Cemetery.