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May 2 in San Antonio history…

The chapel at the Concepcion Mission, as repaired, is rededicated to our Lady of Lourdes by Bishop Neraz.

Los Angeles Heights is the first suburb incorporated into the city.

Blue Öyster Cult makes their first appearance in San Antonio, between Bloodrock and headliner Trapeze, in the Municipal Auditorium.  Cowbell player Gene Frenkel (right) does not appear.

April 20 in San Antonio history…

President Benjamin Harrison visits San Antonio during the inaugural Fiesta San Jacinto. He is the first President to visit the Alamo City.

The Lozier automobile is advertised in the San Antonio Light for $5000.  Adjusted for inflation, this would be $125,000 in today’s money.

Lone Star Beer is first placed on the market (right).

April 16 in San Antonio history…

Bob Wills records a new version of “San Antonio Rose” at Burrus Mill Studio in Saginaw, Texas.  This new version includes lyrics and is entitled “New San Antonio Rose.”  It earns a gold record and becomes a country music classic.

Grant Teaff,  head football coach at Angelo State University, San Angelo, will be the featured speaker at the Edison High School all-sports banquet at 7 p.m. tonight in the school cafeteria. Outstanding athletic awards in each sport will be given and an all-around athlete for the school year will be announced.

Officials from Opryland USA and USAA officially announce that the name of the planned $100 million, 201-acre musical theme park to be located in northwest San Antonio will be called Fiesta Texas.

April 5 in San Antonio history…

The St. Louis Browns play the Chicago Cubs at Tech Field at 2:30 p.m.

The city reorganizes from a board of  aldermen  to a council-manager form of government.
The Good Government League wins control of City Hall.

The Bexar County [Freeman] Coliseum was desegregated on the order of the board of managers. An announcement declared that there would be no discrimination “based on race, color or creed of persons lawfully on the Coliseum premises.”

March 14 in San Antonio history…

The Alamo, whose façade has been photographed thousands of times, has just made a movie debut.  It is being filmed as part of an education movie short in color, The Story of the Missions.

City Councilman Henry B. Gonzalez today proposed that the city act to desegregate the Alamo Heights swimming pool along with city pools, which had been ruled off-limits to people of color on June 19, 1954 – Juneteenth – and one month and two days after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case ruled that segregation was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The disposition of the $750,000 estate of the late Mrs. Emma Koehler, former president of the Pearl Brewing Co., is being resolved in the courts.  Frost National Bank, trustee of the estate, has filed a suit for guidance in the administration of the trust left by Mrs. Koehler, widow of the founder, Otto Koehler.

March 12 in San Antonio history…

Groos Bank and Store is opened for business.  This building, at the corner of Commerce and Navarro (then known as Groos Alley) is first building specifically for banking in San Antonio.

The new Main Avenue High School opens on the site of previous building.

A statue of Popeye, made here by taxidermist Monroe Nowotny, was made ready for a jaunt to Crystal City, the spinach capital, for exhibition.

February 3 in San Antonio history…

The Ku Klux Klan, hooded, clad in white, visit Travis Park Methodist Church, and made a $100 donation.

William Jennings Bryan lashed out against the teaching of Darwin’s theory of evolution in public schools in an address at Beethoven Hall. The orator was introduced by Gov. Pat Neff.

The Empire Theater presents “Moon over Harlem,” a drama of racketeers and the women who love them.  The entire theater is reserved for “colored” patrons and begins at 11:30 p.m.  All seats are $0.25.

January 23 in San Antonio history…

In San Antonio’s sensational “Trial of the Century,” Miss Hedda Burgemeister is found not guilty of the murder of Otto Koehler by a jury in the Thirty-seventh district court.  The verdict was returned by the jury shortly after 12 o’clock and Miss Burgemeister was immediately surrounded by friends who showered their congratulations upon her.  Mr. Koehler, President and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association (Pearl Brewery) was killed on Nov. 12, 1914 in the little cottage on Hunstock Avenue that he had given to Miss Burgemeister.

A fall suffered while he was taking snow pictures sent Harvey Patteson, a commercial photographer, to Medical and Surgical Hospital for the treatment of a broken left leg.

The tophouse of the Tower of the Americas is lifted into place (right).

January 22 in San Antonio history…

The State Legislature prepared to end Bexar County’s “five-minute divorce” system.

San Antonio awakened today to see its first snowfall in 10 years.  At noon today, the snow measured three inches.  San Antonio received its last heavy snowfall – 29.9 inches – Dec. 21, 1929.

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson is transported by airplane from his Johnson City ranch to Brooke Army General Hospital where he is pronounced dead on arrival.

January 15 in San Antonio history…

Clarinetist Artie Shaw makes a brief stop at Stinson Field on his way from Mexico City to his home in Los Angeles.  Reporters seeking an interview found him asleep in the airplane but were allowed to take a picture.  After the photo was taken, Shaw stirred briefly and asked, “Are they gone?”

Elvis Presley makes his first San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium (right), playing a 3 pm matinee and an 8 pm show. He will return to San Antonio twice more in 1956.

The San Antonio City Council recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today with a resolution, a moment of silence and instructed the city manager to study the  possibility of re-naming a street after the slain civil rights leader.  A request that the city observe Jan. 15 as a holiday, however, fell on deaf ears and was put off without any discussion.