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May 8 in San Antonio history..

The Right Reverend J.C. Neraz (right) was consecrated second bishop of San Antonio.

1918 – World War I
Arrangement have been made for the use of Market Hall as an armory for the Second Texas cavalry, now being organized.  Four of the troops are to be recruited here.  These are Troops A, B, C and D, and they will use the armory on different nights.

Mass meetings will be held by local Communists on May 16 at a N. Center St. address, and on May 17 on the West Side. The party proposed to bring about the dole system as a remedy for unemployment.


January 17 in San Antonio history…

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

The news reports on the trial of Emma Burgemeister that began yesterday.  Testimony shows that immediately after the killing of Otto Koehler, Miss Burgemeister addmitted the act as hers, claiming it was in self-defense and to protect the honor of her friend.

The new Central Catholic High School is dedicated.

August 15 in San Antonio history…

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.)

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.

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

August 4 in San Antonio history…

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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…

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

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.

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.

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.

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

January 17 in San Antonio history…

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

The new Central Catholic High School is dedicated.

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

December 15 in San Antonio history…

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

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

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