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August 15 in San Antonio history…

1932
Despite a wire report saying that his decapitated body had been found in El Paso, kidnapped Deputy Sheriff Joe Johns of Carlsbad, New Mexico was found to be alive and well when he walked into the sheriff’s office here today.  His kidnappers, two men and an 18 year-old girl referred to as “Honey,”  abducted him yesterday and drove about 1,000 miles in 13 hours, zig-zagging through Wink, Kermit, Big Lake, Piote, San Angelo and finally San Antonio.  They dropped him off on the old Vance-Jackson road where a farmer, Mr. C. J. Webster brought him to town.  Johns said he would start back to New Mexico after sharing a visit and a meal with his nephew, Sam Johns, of 321 Barnett Place.  (The kidnappers were Raymond Hamilton, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.)

1945
While people took to the streets to celebrate Japan’s acceptance of surrender terms, effectively ending World War II, burglars ransacked houses and apartments left vacant by celebrants. A total of $425 in cash and numerous articles were reported missing.

1984
The San Pedro Drive-In closes.
(photo by Jim Miller)

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August 4 in San Antonio history…

1891
The City Council passes the “Bawdy House Ordinance,” legalizing and licensing houses of prostitution.

1917 – World War I
Camp Funston is being put in readiness for the four-day “battle,” in which the student officers will be engaged in during their last week at the camp. The strenuous work of the last few weeks has been allowed to slacken perceptibly but the men are by no means being permitted to “soften up” before the “grand finale.” The “war” will begin before daylight next Tuesday, when the two armies, the red and the blue, fully equipped, will be carried in motor trucks several miles out into the country.

1932
A group of 150 business men this morning went on record as favoring the Roosevelt Avenue route for the proposed Highway 66.

August 2 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The physical examination of men drafted for service in the National army, which started today for Divisions I and 2, demonstrates that an additional call probably will be necessary to make up the quotas required from San Antonio. This is not due so much to physical disabilities, as most of the men examined passed this without difficulty, but to the many claims for exemption based on marriage, dependent relatives or the fact that the registrants are not American citizens.

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.

1932
All-female Westmoorland College will admit boys as day students in all departments when the fall season opens, the college president announced.

 

July 4 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Grand Opera House shows a film of General Pershing’s arrival in France (right).

1932
Receding waters of the Guadalupe and Frio river floods today have left six dead, hundreds homeless and property damage which may run into millions. Highway traffic is still cut off between Sim Antonio and Kerrville, with water still two feet over the bridge at Comfort.

1942
What Texas lacked in firework displays today was to be made up in another sort of pyrotechnic demonstration—manufacturing the
sinews of war for the nation fighting to maintain freedom. In factories humming along on work-a-day schedule, workers celebrated independence day in concrete fashion—by turning out the material needed to crush the Axis.

June 18 in San Antonio history…

1856
A caravan of camels went down Main Street on their way to Camp Verde.

1932
Less than an hour after a Texas League game that saw the San Antonio Indians lose, 5-3, to the Dallas Steers, a fire is reported in the stands at League Field located at Josephine and Isleta streets.  Less than three minutes after he flames were first seen in the northwest section of the grandstand, they had spread over the entire structure, which was built to seat 7,500 people. Firemen believed a cigarette stub may have caused the fire. Homer H. Hammond, president of the San Antonio Baseball Club, estimated the loss to the club at $58,000, including equipment for night games.

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The 66-year-old Elks Building at Navarro and Pecan streets (right) becomes the first building to be imploded in San Antonio.  The building was the former home of the Travis Club and was immortalized on the boxes for Travis Club cigars.

June 6 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
San Antonio and Bexar county ’s potential military strength as shown by the registration yesterday of men between the ages of 21 and 31 years, is 14,733. This is based on official returns of the registrars in all the county precincts and in all but one of the city precincts. The missing precinct is No. 158, where it is estimated the total registration was approximately 200. The total for the city, estimating 200 as the registration in Precinct 23 will be 12,210.

1932
Future astronaut, David Scott (right), is the first boy born to an officer stationed at Randolph AFB and is given Randolph as a middle name.

1987
The Bangles, with opening act Cutting Crew, play a show in Sunken Garden Theater.

January 17 in San Antonio history…

1917
Oysters are served at the annual alumni meeting of St. Mary’s College, thus beginning the tradition of Oyster Bake.

1932
The new Central Catholic High School is dedicated.

1976
Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite appears with the San Antonio Symphony to narrate Aaron Copeland’s “A Lincoln Portrait.”

December 15 in San Antonio history…

1879
Buffalo Bill Cody brings his Combination acting troupe to San Antonio and entertains at the Casino Club.

1932
Legendary R&B singer Jesse Belvin is born in San Antonio.

1941
Fiesta San Jacinto was called off for 1942 by interested parties at a meeting at the Municipal Auditorium.

December 5 in San Antonio history…

1932
Injuries sustained in a highway accident near Schulenburg caused the death of Mrs. Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 403 Cleveland Court, Alamo Heights, last living daughter of Gen. Sam Houston, hero of the Texas Revolution.

1965
The San Antonio Lee Volunteeers advance to the State Class 4A Semifinals with a 26-21 win over Corsicana at Austin.

1990
Ground is broken on the Alamodome, located on the former Alamo Iron Works site and adjacent property, on the east side of Interstate 37 and across from the HemisFair Park area.

October 22 in San Antonio history…

1909
President Taft comes to San Antonio to dedicate the chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

1932
The name of  the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad is changed to the Texas & New Orleans, a division of Southern Pacific.

1949
L. Truett Pratt is born in San Antonio.  The Jefferson High School alumnus will find fame when he and Jerry McClain are chosen to sing the new theme song to the hit TV show “Happy Days.”  The tune gets to #5 on the Billboard charts in 1976.