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June 26 in San Antonio history…

Beginning this morning, Bexar County women are able to obtain registration receipts to enable them to vote in the upcoming July primary.  The receipts must be obtained at the courthouse in the office of the tax collector.

19421999 champs
The War Department separated part of Kelly Field for an aviation cadet training center, later renaming it for Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland.

The San Antonio Spurs win their first NBA championship with a game five victory over the New York Knicks (right).


June 19 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
This announcement appears in the San Antonio Light:
I hereby announce my candidacy for the office of State Senator from the 24th Senatorial District, comprising the counties of Bexar, Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie, Bandera and Real, subject to the action of the Democratic primaries.  Harry Hertzberg.

A new telephone central office named “Travis” in memory of Col. William Barrett Travis, hero of the Alamo, will go into service here Saturday at midnight.

After six Negro boys go swimming in Woodlawn Pool, the San Antonio City Council votes to ban people of color from city swimming pools, making law of a de facto segregation that had existed for 90-plus years.  To add insult to such a despicable action, the law takes effect on “Juneteenth,” the 89th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas.  The law would be repealed two years later, on March 16, 1956.

May 25 in San Antonio history…

The city limits ate fixed at “one league in every direction from the city [San Fernando] church.” (Specifically, from the cross atop the dome.)

Walter Hobbs and William Seibrecht, each 12 years old, who had been missing since Thursday and for whom the police have been searching since Friday afternoon, were found by Policeman Sowell at 10:30 this morning.  When brought to central police headquarters, the boys said they had made quite a bit of change shining shoes at Camp Travis and had spent Thursday and Friday nights in a vacant tent at the camp.

The little community of St. Hedwig, 18 miles Southeast of San Antonio, is hit by a twister that demolished roofs and windmills and brought hail that ruined crops.

February 25 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The work of issuing identification cards to German aliens, who registered recently, began in earnest this morning and it was a busy scene in the office of the Chief of Police. Chief Lancaster has several officers assisting him in the work.  The cards will be issued daily until all have been distributed.

Date-making flying cadets have made empty telephone booths scarce about town and prompted the Gunter Hotel to install a whole battery of the nickel-dialers to the basement.

Athens, Georgia’s own B-52’s play their first concert in San Antonio at Rock Saloon.

January 1 in San Antonio history…

The automobile crash that took the life of Fire Chief William P. Bishop and Lt. Kooplin yesterday claims two more lives as Claude Ratterree, the chief’s chauffeur, and 10-year-old M. D. George die at Robert B. Green hospital.

The first law requiring automobiles in Bexar County to be titled and registered takes effect.

Weather forecasters are predicting a 50% chance of freezing rain and/or snow for late tonight and tomorrow morning.  Temperatures are predicted to drop into the upper 20’s tomorrow morning with wind velocities between 15 and 25 mph.

November 12 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Girls’ Patriotic Week was launched enthusiastically last night at Beethoven Hall.  Dr. Mabel Ulrich of Johns Hopkins University arrived today and will give lectures to girls at Brackenridge High School and employed girls at the Y.W.C.A. this evening.  The meeting yesterday was for the purpose of showing the girls what they could do to serve their country: the girl’s principal duty is to make herself as efficient as possible in her particular activities and to hold and strive for the highest and truest of ideals.

The Harry Hertzberg Circus Room is formally opened at the San Antonio Public Library.

Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers perform at the AT&T.  Cyrus performs as herself and her Disney alter-ego Hannah Montana.

October 3 in San Antonio history….

1917 – World War I
It is possible that Kelly Field No. 3 and No. 4 may never be built as planned and that instead about 18,000 acres of land on the opposite side of San Antonio may be obtained for the location of the two camps.  This was made known at the headquarters of Kelly Field this afternoon.

Police Chief Lancaster said the Barnum and Bailey Circus has been notified that it would not be permitted to show here Saturday. Reason is there is fear it will aggravate the spread of influenza throughout the city.

H.E.B. opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.

July 4 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Grand Opera House shows a film of General Pershing’s arrival in France (right).

Receding waters of the Guadalupe and Frio river floods today have left six dead, hundreds homeless and property damage which may run into millions. Highway traffic is still cut off between San Antonio and Kerrville, with water still two feet over the bridge at Comfort.

What Texas lacked in firework displays today was to be made up in another sort of pyrotechnic demonstration—manufacturing the
sinews of war for the nation fighting to maintain freedom. In factories humming along on work-a-day schedule, workers celebrated independence day in concrete fashion—by turning out the material needed to crush the Axis.

June 5 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
W. P. Bishop is now in charge as chief of the San Antonio fire department. He was nominated by Commissioner Lowther at the council meeting yesterday afternoon and confirmed without opposition. Immediately after the meeting Chief Bishop made his bond and took the oath of office. He was escorted down the steps of the city hall by admiring friends and amid their cheers stepped into the front seat of the chief’s big red car and with Phil Wright, the retiring chief occupying the rear seat, drove over to the Central fire and police station .

The Royal Theater is to be re­modeled and refurnished and undergo improvements which will represent an expenditure of $40,000. The theater will close tonight and work of reconstruction will begin Wednesday, so as to be completed for the opening of next season, September 1.

1942 roadrunners
Joske’s installs the first escalators in San Antonio and begins their “Joske Days” sale two days late in order to showcase them.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is established on this date.


May 23 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
President Wilson today renewed his efforts to put an enforced newspaper censorship section into the espionage bill. Senators Overman, Fletcher and Nelson, the Senate’s conferees on the bill, were called to the White House and urged by the President to agree to a censorship section which the House since has rejected. They were asked to learn whether it is possible to allay the senate’s objections and if possible bring out a new and so-called modified censorship clause. President Wilson told the Senate conferees that he deems authority to invoke censorship of some sort absolutely essential.

Miss Katherine Stinson, San Antonio aviatrix, started a flight from Chicago to New York with mail at 7:37 a.m. today.  Miss Stinson, 22, is averaging 71 miles per hour.  The flight is being made to establish a long-distance, non-stop record.

San Antonio’s last living Civil War veteran, Charles Sickles, is buried in the National Cemetery.