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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.

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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.

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.

1937
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.

1946
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…

1918
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.

1930
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’.

1937
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).

1937
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.)

1979
Mayor Lila Cockrell and other dignitaries cut the ribbon opening the new 502-room Marriott (Riverwalk) hotel.