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March 7 in San Antonio history…

The Lasso Girls of Thomas Jefferson High School are featured in today’s issue of Life magazine.

The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs at the Municipal Auditorium as the highlight of the San Antonio Symphony’s 1954-55 season.  The Ballet Russe features Native American prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief (right).


February 20 in San Antonio history…

1920 – Word War I
Six cavalry regiments, instead of five as originally announced, will be organized in the Southern Department.  The sixth organization is to stationed at Fort Sam Houston.  The other five, previously provided for are to be three at Leon Springs, one at Del Rio and one at Ft. Clark, Colorado.

Listing items to be including in the new municipal bond issue, Mayor C.M. Chambers announced today that $75,000 for an old trail driver’s monument on Auditorium Plaza would be submitted to voters for approval.

The Lasso girls, the Jefferson High School girls cheering section, was formed this week with a drum and bugle corps.  The 37-piece group will hold their first meeting at the school, which will furnish instruments.

January 28 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
America has nearly a half million men in France now and during the year will have 1,500,000 there, available for duty, the Secretary of War said today.  An additional 1,000,000 men are ready to go overseas if they are needed.

Mayor C. K. Quin returned to San Antonio today after a month’s absence during which time he underwent an appendectomy at the Mayo Clinic.  His arrival on the Katy train was veiled in secrecy.  He is now in seclusion.

The new Main Library building opens at S. St. Mary’s and West Market streets.

The Light goes out.  Unable to find a buyer, the San Antonio Light newspaper ceases publication after 112 years serving San Antonio.

January 24 in San Antonio history…

The State Legislature passed a bill to purchase the Alamo for a historic shrine for $65,000.

1918 – World War I
Garments furnished by the Red Cross may now be worn by soldiers and officers without fear of violating the rules of Camp Travis.  The adjutant of the army has given out the following information:  “The wearing of woolen garments furnished by the Red  Cross, or by private individuals, is authorized when necessary on account of climatic conditions.  If the clothing furnished by the Government is not sufficient, the garments may also be worn.”

Demolishing of the old markethouse on Market Plaza started today.  After the 37-year old structure is razed, construction will begin on a new $168,981 markethouse.  It will be one story of brick and concrete.


December 1 in San Antonio history…

The headlines of the San Antonio newspapers describe a bus/train accident that resulted in the death of 26 children.  This accident spawned the myth of the “ghost tracks” at Shane and Villamain. Despite being the lead story in the newspaper, the accident actually took place in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A dark but colorful will be the story of this year’s city Christmas tree in Alamo Plaza. Finishing touches are being made on the 60-foot tree, which will not have any lights this year because of the energy crisis, according to city officials. The 10-ton structure is composed of more than eight truck loads of cedar limbs which cover a huge wood and metal frame.

Today Show’s Willard Scott throws the switch to light the River Walk and serves as celebrity Grand Marshall in the first Holiday River Parade.

October 30 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War IWar of the Worlds - 1938
The first balloon ascension from the Missouri Aeronautical School took place this morning at the corner of Trinity and Durango Streets.  The basket, which dangled below the great globe, bore Instructor E. S. Cole and six students.  Soon, they were only specks in the sky and the great balloon, taking its first course towards the northwest, and then at a height of about nine hundred feet apparently, veering southward, sailed off serenely in the direction of Kelly Field.

Radio station KTSA broadcasts “Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre” featuring a radio drama of H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” from 7 to 8 p.m (right).  Despite announcements before, during and after the program, some frightened radio listeners believe it is a real invasion of aliens from Mars.

Trinity University dedicates their new $4.8 million, 3,000-seat Laurie Auditorium, named for former president, James W. Laurie.

October 27 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Camp Travis now has 30,673 officers and enlisted men. The October payroll for these men is expected to exceed $2 million.  The payroll in September was only $1.25 million.

Sears, Roebuck & Co. moves from the Transit Tower location to their new downtown headquarters at Romana Plaza. In 1995, this location would become the San Antonio Central Library.

The Trinity Tigers defeat the Millsap Majors 28-24 on the last play of the game using 15 laterals.

June 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The new roof garden on the Elks building on Avenue E will be opened to members and their guests for the first time tonight at 8:30 o’clock. Music, dancing and cabaret features
are on the program. The committee which is in charge of the entertainment consists of Al C. Jonas, chairman; Peter Hoefgen and I. A. Victor.

The iron bridge at the swimming pool in Brackenridge Park, a familiar sight to thousands of park visitors in the past 20 or more years, is being torn down. A modern concrete and steel structure will replace it.

Jerry Seinfeld brings his observational comedy to the Majestic Theater.

March 4 in San Antonio history…

Santa Anna gathers his officers for a council of war. It is decided that when the final assault in the Alamo takes place, that they will take no prisoners. The time for the assault will be determined tomorrow. Having been consolidated into two batteries, the Mexican artillery, is brought to within 200 yards of the compound. More Texian reinforcements arrive in the late hours.

The building at the “Jack Harris Corner” containing Sim Hart’s tobacco shop, the Vaudeville Theater and the Elite Restaurant is destroyed by fire.

Paula Ragusa, better known by her stage name of Paula Prentiss (right), is born in San Antonio.

December 16 in San Antonio history…

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

Joske’s offers a “Stag Night,” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., allowing men to do Christmas shopping “without rushing and without women!”

Four Air Force airmen ended a 42-day space cabin experiment today at the Brooks AFB Aerospace School of Medicine.  Thirty days of the experiment were spent in a pure oxygen atmosphere.  Each of the airmen was presented with a certificate of appreciation and two photographs of the late President John F. Kennedy, who dedicated the school the day before he was assassinated in Dallas.