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June 2 in San Antonio history…

One new case of polio and one new death from the disease were reported by the city health department yesterday as officials decided to continue the ban on public gatherings until tomorrow, when further consideration will be given the subject.

San Antonians guzzle more suds, probably, than the residents of any other city in Texas.  According to figures in the office of  Charlie Saunderson, Liquor Control Board chief here, folks in the San Antonio area swigged 10,355,312 bottles of brew last month. In addition, they tapped 6,400 barrels to get 11,024,000 steinfuls more.

The Westfall branch library opens.

June 1 in San Antonio history…

The Smith-Young Tower [now Tower Life Building] is completed at a cost of $3 million.  It will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River until the late 1950s.  The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

The San Antonio Library begins bookmobile service to rural locations in Bexar County.

C. J. Crampton, general manager of the Chamber of Commerce and the coordinator for the city’s cleanup drive to prevent the spread of polio, rolled up his sleeves today and got to work.  He called the garbage dump near Our Lady of the Lake “deplorable” and said, “this must be covered with dirt immediately.”

May 31 in San Antonio history…

Dr. E. J. Nixon, acting director of the San Antonio Health Department, recommended that all polio restrictions be continued through the weekend.  Dr. Nixon also carried out his threat to bar newspaper reporters from the daily health conference today.

The Board of Trustees of the Public Library passes the motion that “The San Antonio Public Library shall be open to all people equally, irrespective of race or creed.”

Randy’s Rodeo holds its grand opening featuring Johnny Bush.  Legendary acts such as Rush, U2 and the Sex Pistols would all play their first San Antonio gigs at Randy’s.

May 30 in San Antonio history…

Commissioners Court vetoed the idea of a bond issue to erect a coliseum and Commissioner Bob Uhr said he could see no sense in putting a lot of sheep and cattle in a large building for livestock shows.

Seventy-one heavy-duty compressor air sprayers were delivered to the city health department today to be used in the DDT polio-spraying program.  Spraying of areas where victims have lived will be done every two weeks.  It was pointed out that the insecticide has been washed away by the heavy rains.

The $74.4 million upgrade to the Museum Reach expansion of the San Antonio River is completed on-time and $2 million under budget.

May 29 in San Antonio history…

The polio ban at Randolph Field was lifted today.  The non-commissioned officers’, service and officers’ clubs were reopened.  The post theater opened but one seat will be left vacant between each person.  Swimming pools will remain closed for an indefinite period.

A total of 225 students, largest in Trinity University history, will receive degrees at graduation ceremonies at 8 p. at  the Sunken Garden Theater.

Salem Binladen, half-brother to Osama, dies when his ultralight aircraft hits some powerlines and crashes in Schertz.

May 28 in San Antonio history…

Col. H. R. Livesay, in charge of the medical fight against polio, says that he expects to see 150 polio cases in San Antonio by fall based on the 34 cases reported thus far.  “I have hopes, however, that if sufficient progress is made in reducing the cases by next month, they may be on the decline.”

Sea World of Texas holds grand opening festivities featuring television stars throughout the park, such as Bob Keeshan of “Captain Kangaroo,” Tina Yothers of “Family Ties,” and Bryce Beckham of “Mr. Belvedere.” Susan Howard of “Dallas” said, “God gave someone good sense and the powers that be for choosing San Antonio as a site for the park.  This is truly a Memorial Day that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.”

San Antonio native Linda Finch completes an around-the-world flight in a Lockheed Electra to commemorate Amelia Earhart’s ill-fated attempt sixty years earlier.

May 27 in San Antonio history…

Stanley Graham’s Midget Circus arrives in the Alamo City for a five-day performance sponsored by Sommer’s Drugstores.  The circus features elephants, tigers, aerialists and acrobats. All the human performers are little people.

San Antonio now has 34 confirmed cases of polio since the May 1 outbreak.  In contrast, there were 38 cases in all of 1945, 15 in 1944 and 30 in 1943.

This morning, 18 year-old Raymond Johnson of 7121 Gulf Trail awoke to find that a thief had stolen his 1964 Chevrolet. Johnson, an employee of the Reptile House at the San Antonio Zoo, had three diamondback rattlesnakes and seven iguanas in sacks in the back seat of the car.  “I don’t care much about the car, but I don’t want to get sued by someone bitten by a rattlesnake,” he said, adding that the reptiles would be very hungry by this time.

May 26 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio resident, Jimmie Rodgers, “The Singing Brakeman” dies at the Taft Hotel in New York.

The colorful medical, political and oratorial career of Dr. John Richard Brinkley of Del Rio ended today when death came to the noted gland-rejuvenation surgeon at his San Antonio home.

The total number of polio victims for the year now stands at 33.  People using well water are advised to have the water tested by the city health department laboratory.

May 25 in San Antonio history…

First Mass in Texas is performed at Mission Nuestro Padre San Francisco de los Tejas on the coast. (First Spanish Mission in Texas).

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

The polio count rises to 30 confirmed cases in the city.  Harlandale superintendent Dillard McCollum announces that the Harlandale schools will not reopen this year but seniors will have graduation ceremonies once the polio quarantine is lifted.

May 24 in San Antonio history…

Bells were installed on the east and west doors of City Hall today and will remind employees at 11 a.m. daily that it is time to observe the city-wide Minute of Prayer sponsored by the Council of Christians and Jews.  Mayor Mauermann urged all employees to remain silent for a moment immediately following the bells and to offer a prayer for the safety of the men at the fighting front and for peace.

The total confirmed polio cases in the city rises to 30 for the year, with three more new cases discovered.  The city receives three thousand pounds of technical grade DDT from Newark, New Jersey for use in the fogging machines.  Two thousand additional pounds have been ordered.

Hipp’s Bubble Room (right) at 1411 McCullough closes.