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May 7 in San Antonio history…

1879
The cornerstone is laid for Groos Bank.

1937
News of last night’s explosion of the German dirigible Hindenburg in Lakehurst, New Jersey is splashed across the headlines of the San Antonio newspapers (right).

2011
The Mission branch of the San Antonio Library, in the location of the Mission Drive-In theater, holds its grand opening.

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April 22 in San Antonio history…

1937
Girl entertainers in two carnival shows were ordered to don clothing by Mayor C. K. Quin following complaints from the Legion of Decency, Knights of Columbus.

1951
The Rowles Sales Company at 535 Delaware is displaying the new DuMont Royal Sovereign – the largest TV currently made.  It has a gigantic 30″ screen.  The cabinet is 47  inches high, 49 inches wide and 27 inches deep and also contains an FM radio and an attachment for a phonograph.  The TV sells for $1800.00.  (This is $15,374.16 in today’s money.)

1982
RepublicBank receives a permit from city council to demolish the Texas Theater.  The Conservation Society receives a federal court order to delay the demolition for 60 days.

December 16 in San Antonio history…

1937
The new electric blanket, which maintains a comfortable temperature in the bed at the approximate cost of four cents a night for electricity, is being introduced here by Joske’s.

1938
Robert H. H. Hugman is named the official architect of the River Beautification Project.

1989
Alan Jackson makes his first-ever San Antonio appearance at Bluebonnet Palace in Selma.  His debut album Here In The Real World would be released two months later, in February 1990.

 

October 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The Red Cross has put out an urgent call for women to fill the central work rooms and make at once 400 pneumonia jackets for army hospitals.  Any woman who can sew is urged to come.  If she does not have a nursing cap, she must bring a large white handkerchief or a small towel to cover her hair, and must wear a clean white shirtwaist or white dress, if she has no white apron to slip over her frock.  She is also asked to bring her own needle, scissors and thimble.

1937
San Antonio’s new federal building and post office opens on Alamo Plaza.  Ralph Cameron, a San Antonian, was architect and A. W Kutsch and Sons of Detroit were general contractors. The contract price was $1,768.510.93 but with extras which included features of the building cut out of the original plans and replaced, total cost of the building when entirely completed will aggregate approximately $2,225,000.

2007
San Antonio City Council votes to purchase the Mission Drive-In property for $3.2 million and redevelop the site for a multi-use complex which includes a public library.

September 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that all men between 18 and 45 years of age must report to their precinct polling places between 7 A.M. and 9 P.M. tomorrow to register for the draft.  Even the sick and inmates of penal institutions must register.

1927
Sam Street, Chief of Detectives, dies after being shot yesterday trying to stop a holdup in a local Piggly Wiggly grocery store at the corner of San Pedro and Laurel.

1937
Porter Loring purchases an iron lung for the city to be placed at a location agreed upon by the city’s physicians.  “The only rule that I, as its donor, will insist upon,”  he said, “is that it shall be available to anyone who needs it, regardless of race, color or situation of life, without cost.”  Mr. Loring receives a bronze plaque and is named by the Elks as “the most outstanding citizen of 1937” for his generous gift.

August 26 in San Antonio history…

1918
It is reported in the newspapers that Sarah Maverick, daughter-in-law of Samuel Maverick and sister of Tom Frost, founder of Frost National Bank, has died at the age of 67.

1937
Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”

1973
Young San Antonians 18 to 20 years old will become adults at the stroke of midnight tonight – the legal age of majority changes from 21 to 18 years old.

August 13 in San Antonio history…

1922
This morning, Judge James R. Davis submitted a petition from property owners in the settlement of Viva, between San Antonio and Leon Springs on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass railroad, that the streets and alleys in the 35-year-old town be ordered closed. The commissioners’ court granted the petition. Thus, the township was wiped out. There were no casualties.

1937
Mary, a 26-year-old spider monkey known to thousands of San Antonians, died in the Brackenridge Park zoo hospital this morning. She was the first animal to be placed in the zoo and the first spider monkey born in the U.S.

1997
Northside School District opens three new elementary schools – Monroe May , Virginia Myers and Henry Steubing – thanks to a $98 million bond package approved by voters in 1995.

August 7 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Dewey Pittman, a member of the U. S. Marines, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Pittman of 2417 Mohawk Street, was listed as “killed in action” today.  His father is a member of the San Antonio police force and his brother, Millard, is also a Marine stationed at Parris Island, S.C.  Dewey was 20 years old.

1922
Permission to drive through downtown streets clad only in swimming suits, was refused a dozen belles bound for Lambert Beach and Brackenridge Park.

1937
The first contribution to the newly constructed Alamo museum, comprising valued documents of early Texas, has been received by Mrs. Leita Small, Alamo custodian. The documents were presented by Mrs. Susan Miller, 115 Humphrey street, and her kinswoman, Mrs. James Sandusky Clarke, of Baltimore. Mrs. Clarke is a guest at the Miller home. Among the relics is the diary of James McKnight, who fought in the Texas revolution. The diary is dated 1838. McKnight was an ancestor of he donors. Still another of the documents is a letter dated 1842 and signed by T. Borden Jr., as collector of customs at Galveston.

July 26 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
San Antonio stores offer a phonograph recording of General Pershing “from the battlefields of France” for $1.25 (right).

1937
Five Japanese army officers paid a visit to Randolph Air Base today to inspect Army training planes and methods. They said Japan hopes to build a large air fleet.

1981
The first jazz mass ever celebrated at a Catholic church in this area – and possibly in the entire Southwest – is held in San Fernando Cathedral.  Jim Cullum and the Happy Jazz Band provided their interpretations of hymns and spirituals to a 7:30 p.m. service conducted by Father Louis White.

April 22 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Last Friday, just before a mob very nearly lynched his father in Collinsville, Oklahoma, Henry Rheimer, Jr. was facing questions before a number of officers at Camp Travis here.  Young Rheimer claims he is of the Dunkard religious faith and does not believe in taking human life.  As a conscientious objector, he will very likely be placed in an organization where he will be required to do manual labor but will not have to face combat.

1937
Girl entertainers in two carnival shows were ordered to don clothing by Mayor C. K. Quin following complaints from the Legion of Decency, Knights of Columbus.

1982
RepublicBank receives a permit from city council to demolish the Texas Theater.  The Conservation Society receives a federal court order to delay the demolition for 60 days.