1917 – World War I
Preliminary work on the building of cantonments for the 40,000 men to be housed at Camp Wilson after September will be started within a week and before another week elapses probably 5,000 mechanics and laborers will be hard at work on construction.
Jimmy Johnson’s Playland comes to San Antonio and holds its grand opening in its first location at 223 N. St. Mary’s Street.
The Police Department replaces their traditional royal and French blue uniforms with dark navy blue.
Jean Claude Neraz is consecrated as the second bishop of San Antonio, succeeding Bishop Pellicer.
1917 – World War I
The proposition to create Romana Plaza, at the north end of Soledad street, which has been under discussion by interested citizens for sev eral years, is to have the serious consideration of tho city council. The mayor, by resolution, was authorized to investigate and report back the estimated cost of this improvement which, in all previous discussions, has been linked with the widening project for Soledad Street. The tract of land which it is proposed should comprise the plaza is bounded by Romana, Dallas, Reynolds and Camden Streets and Main Avenue. It is an irregular block, one end of which is now occupied by the Main Avenue fire station. Should the project go through it is proposed that the city will donate this land to the plaza and acquire another site for the fire station.
In a precedent-making ceremony, the San Jose Mission was turned over to the National Park Service today as a result of an agreement between the Catholic Church, the county, and the Conservation Society of San Antonio, all of which deeded land to the Federal agency. Chief participants in the ceremonies were County Judge Charles W. Anderson, Archbishop Robert E. Lucey, Mrs. Lane Taylor, president of the Conservation Society; Undersecretary of the Interior Alvin J. Wirtz , and Wendell Mayes, chairman of the Texas State Park Board.
The Council House Fight takes place in the building next to San Fernando Cathedral. The meeting took place under a truce with the purpose of negotiating peace after two years of war between the Comanche Indians and the Republic of Texas. The Comanches sought to obtain recognition of the boundaries of the Comancheria, their homeland. The Texans wanted the release of Texan and Mexican captives held by the Comanches. The event ended with 12 Comanche leaders shot to death in the Council House, 23 shot in the streets of San Antonio, and 30 taken captive. The incident ended the chance for peace and led to years of hostility and war.
Construction of a portion of the Harry Wurzbach Memorial highway leading to Camp Bullis, a project involving the expenditure of more than $400.000, was approved today by the WPA. This link will begin at West avenue and extend northwest to the south line of Camp Bullis, a distance of seven and one-half miles. The entire Memorial highway will extend 17 miles, linking the camp with Fort Sam Houston and costing a total of more than $1,000,000.
(This road is known today as Northwest Military Highway.)
San Antonio’s new main mail processing center on Perrin-Beitel Road is officially opened. The new facility replaces the downtown post office as the Postal Service’s main facility in San Antonio. The downtown Houston Street post office will be a substation and will continue to offer window and post office box services.
The local Carnegie Library appealed to city residents to return long delinquent books.
Owen Kilday becomes Bexar County Sheriff. He will be the longest serving sheriff of Bexar County – until 1962.
The Randolph Field Ramblers, a team made up of former college athletes serving in the military, play the University of Texas to a 7-7 tie in the Cotton Bowl. This is the only San Antonio team to ever play in the Cotton Bowl and this was the first tie in the bowl game’s history. Only 15,000 spectators witnessed the game due to heavy rain.
It’s not a white Christmas in San Antonio – far from it! The mercury rises to a record high of 90 degrees in the Alamo City. Still a record high for the date.
A huge mountain of mulch in Helotes catches fire and burns for over two months. The mulch pile gets its own MySpace page and is nicknamed “Mulchie.”
Buffalo Bill Cody brings his Combination acting troupe to San Antonio and entertains at the Casino Club.
Legendary R&B singer Jesse Belvin is born in San Antonio.
Fiesta San Jacinto was called off for 1942 by interested parties at a meeting at the Municipal Auditorium.
Travis Cotton, 28, of 206 Weaver Street, was waiting when the recruiting office opened this morning and is the first San Antonian to volunteer after the Pearl Harbor attack yesterday.
Mayor White asked San Antonians to observe a moment of daily prayer in respect for the Korean crisis.
The Dave Clark Five made their first San Antonio appearance at the Bexar County Coliseum. San Antonio teenagers were feeling glad all over.
A Mexican sniper kills Ben Milam in the courtyard of the Verimendi Palace. Two others die in the assault.
Pearl Harbor, in the Territory of Hawaii – the main naval base in the Pacific for the U.S. fleet – is bombed in a surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese military forces. The news reaches San Antonio too late for the major papers, although Extra editions are printed.
“The Iceman” George Gervin returns to San Antonio with his new team, the Chicago Bulls, after having been traded on October 24. Gervin scores 21 and Quintin Dailey scores 24 to lead the Bulls over the Spurs, 131-123. Bulls sensation, Michael Jordan, misses the game with a broken foot.
The first shipment of rails for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass railway arrived in San Antonio.
The Pontiac “glass car,” (right) with a body made from plexiglas and featured in General Motors’ “Highways and Horizons” pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair, goes on display at Mission City Pontiac located at Tenth and Broadway.
Foley’s opens their first store in San Antonio, located in North Star Mall.