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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.

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.

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.


April 18 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
A secret society of patriotic and red-blooded Americans is being quietly but effectively organized in San Antonio under the name of the League to Suppress Disloyalty.  It is an organization that proposes to do just what its name implies and it is intimated the pro-German in this community who has any regard for his own safety and welfare will do well to “keep his mouth shut” and not disclose his sentiments.

Archbishop Drossaerts rededicates San Jose Mission as a sacred edifice.  Restored to its original form of 160 years ago, the mission will be reblessed to compensate for the time it lay in ruins.

Underground parking came a step nearer reality today, when the city council instructed Mayor Gus Mauermann to advertise for bids at four business district locations.  The facilities are in the vicinity of or under Alamo Plaza, Travis Park, Main Plaza and La Villita.

April 1 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Traction Company had a bit of trouble with the new time change yesterday.  The cars did not start running on the new schedule yesterday morning.  As a result, a number of people who had to work on Sunday mornings and a large number going to early morning Mass, got out according to the new schedule, found no cars running and had to walk to town.

The New York Yankees, with sluggers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, play the San Antonio Indians in an exhibition game at League Park.  The Yanks won, 14-1.  After the game, “Ruth was the prlncipal speaker and drawing card at a rally of Knothole Gang members, their parents and friends in the Municipal Auditorium. Probably 2,000 youngsters heard Ruth advise clean living, obedience of parents, plenty of sleep and attention to scboolwork,” beamed the San Antonio Light.
No foolin’.

Crowds gasp in amazement as oil is struck on the grounds of the Alamo.  The well is expected to produce 50,000 barrels a day.  And…of course this is just an April Fool’s joke from the San Antonio Light newspaper.

December 19 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Jewelry stores are advertising the new must-have gift for men this Christmas – wrist watches (right).

If snow falls in San Antonio on Christmas or New Year’s it will indeed be a miracle.  In the 52 years the weather bureau has kept records, snow has never fallen on those days.  (Still true. – Ed.)

Mayor Lila Cockrell and other dignitaries cut the ribbon opening the new 502-room Marriott (Riverwalk) hotel.


December 15 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Johnny Reynolds, “The Human Fly,” a steeplejack and building climber of nationwide reputation, held a great throng breathless today as he scaled the Wolff and Marx Building.  On reaching the roof, he took a chair and sat on the edge.  He then climbed the flagpole and balanced himself across the knob surmounting the pole.  Johnny, now a soldier at Kelly Field, was advertising the minstrel show which the men of the aviation section will present at the Empire Theater January 9.

Radio patrolmen J. R. Chambers and Carl Carver were called out to Monterrey Street early this morning to find a 50-year-old man, quite nude, carefully soaping himself with laundry soap, in a mud puddle formed by yesterday’s rains.  A towel was lying nearby.  He was quite indignant at the interruption.  The patrolmen brought him to the station, getting well covered with mud themselves, but his identity nor the reason for his bath in the chill air could not be learned.

Social Reformer  Sidney Maurice Levyson, known by his pseudonym of Stanley Stein, dies in San Antonio. He was a blind Jewish leper, involuntarily incarcerated in the camp for victims of Hansens Disease (leprosy) in Carville, Louisiana. Levyson refused to retreat into the living death of the disease, instead founding and editing the crusading “Star 66” Newspaper that brought hope to tens of thousands of leprosy sufferers. His epitaph read: “Instead of bemoaning the things that I have lost, I try to make the most of what I have left.”

October 11 in San Antonio history…

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.

Dillards opens a new 180,000 square-foot store at Ingram Mall.

The Go-Go’s play Convention Center Arena.  A Flock of Seagulls opens the show.


October 9 in San Antonio history…

Completing moving operations 36 hours ahead of schedule, the San Antonio post office department was firmly settled in its new $1,800,000 building at 3 p. m. today.  Postmaster Dan Quill had the distinction of mailing the firstair mall letter. He dropped it in the slot at exactly 2:01 p. m. He did not reveal its destination.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus performs under the big top in San Antonio for the last time.  All future performances will be in existing coliseums and stadiums.

Presidential candidate Richard Nixon makes campaign speech in San Antonio and places a wreath at the Alamo.
San Antonians interested in politics went to the Alamo to hear him speak.  Sports fans were too busy talking about Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series the night before.

August 26 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Anheuser-Busch promotes “Bevo,” a near-beer, for the troops.  “After drill or march, you’re sure to see a long line of hot and dusty-throated soldier boys making a bee-line for Bevo.”

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.”

The Runaways, featuring Joan Jett and Lita Ford, perform for the first time in San Antonio at Randy’s Rodeo.

August 7 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
A board of aviation officers, including Major Henry H. Arnold and Captain Edgar, from Washington, arrived in San Antonio this morning and reported to department headquarters before beginning an inspection of Camp Kelly and the auxiliary flying field. The two officers were taken to Camp Kelly by Captain Paul Ferron, aeronautical officer of the department, and probably will remain until Wednesday night.

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.

The San Antonio Express and Light newspapers both report that a bomb, larger than any previously known, was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima causing great damage and loss of life.  However, back on July 16, the San Antonio newspapers did not pick up a little-publicized story printed in the Gallup, NM;  Santa Fe, NM and El Paso newspapers that mentioned a huge explosion at a munitions dump near the Alamogordo Army Air Base.  This was actually the first nuclear test and would have been quite a scoop.  News of the July 16 test was finally printed today along with the news of the Hiroshima bombing.

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Johnny Cash marries Vivian Liberto (right) at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in San Antonio.

December 19 in San Antonio history…

This morning workmen began construction of the immense stage in Travis Park on which nearly 1,200 musicians will participate in the military concert and Handel’s “Messiah” on Friday evening in connection with the great open-air Christmas musical observance and Christmas tree to be given under the auspices of the Rotary Club.

If snow falls in San Antonio on Christmas or New Year’s it will indeed be a miracle.  In the 52 years the weather bureau has kept records, snow has never fallen on those days.  (Still true. – Ed.)

The City Council agreed today to offer a part of the HemisFair site for the proposed four-year state university, The approval came on an 8-1 vote, the lone dissenter being Councilman Dr. Herbert Calderon, who called the proposal “most unrealistic.” Calderon said the amount of land available at the fair site is “totally inadequate and unrealistic.”