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July 14 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Two bottles of beer mailed to a Camp Travis soldier by a civilian friend have been confiscated by Capt. Dick Fleming, camp intelligence officer.  The soldier is “on the carpet” to tell what he knows about the situation and the civilian may face repercussions.  A dozen or more soldiers have offered to dispose of the beer.

The Varsity Drive-In Theater at Culebra and Bandera roads holds its grand opening, showing “An Apartment for Peggy.”

General Cinema Corporation begins selling reserved seat tickets to the San Antonio premiere showing of “2001: A Space Odyssey” that begins on the 17th at Cinema II located at North Star Mall.


April 5 in San Antonio history…

A petition is being circulated to have the chile stands removed to Alamo Plaza.  The petition will be presented to City Council.

1918 – World War I
San Antonio has been asked to cancel the permits under which the chili and hamburger stands are allowed to operate here by Dr. C. H. Gardner, Major in the United States Public Health Service.  Mayor Bell and Commissioner Lambert held that as the chili stands of San Antonio have long been one of its picturesque features, he would not take such drastic action.  He suggested that instead of abolishing them, the city would arrange to assign the chili vendor stands either to Alamo or Market Plaza.

The San Antonio Transit Co.  has accepted a bid from the junior college board of $142,500 for its San Pedro Ave. property, W. W. McAllister, board president, said today. The land will be used as a site for a new junior college. Formerly used by the transit company as a terminal, the property covers two city blocks.

March 10 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that the  first San Antonio member of the American expeditionary force to lose his life on the field of battle in France was Lieut. Louis J. Jordan, a native of Fredericksburg, a celebrated football star at the University of Texas as who formerly was with the transportation department of the San Antonio Public Service Company.  Notice of the death of Jordan was conveyed in a telegram from the War Department saying that he had been “killed in action.”  (He was killed on March 5.)

Mayor Tobin began negotiations for an 80-foot strip of land on Bowen’s Island to be used in the city’s flood prevention program. Plans call for a huge tunnel to be dug across the river bend in the downtown section.

The Alameda Theater on Houston Street (right) holds its grand opening.

February 18 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
As a tribute to his American spirit, Chester Basse, for years the proprietor of the Bismarck Cafe, one of the best known of San Antonio’s eating houses, has changed the name to the Cafe Basse and the picture of the Iron Chancellor, which formerly adorned the sign, has been taken down.

Health Department estimate of 11,000 privies in San Antonio last July has been revised to slightly more than 900.

Homemade leaflet bombs explode about 5 p.m in Alamo Plaza and Northwest Shopping Center, shooting leaflets as high as 50 feet into the air and scattering them in the tops of nearby trees.  A right-wing political group called “The Minutemen” claimed responsibility.  No one was injured.

January 31 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Private Jesse E. Owens was sentenced today to seven years in the United States penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas following his conviction by a court-martial of willfully burning and destroying government clothing.  Owens escaped from the guardhouse at the camp January 21, while serving a short sentence for a minor offense.  He came to San Antonio and was arrested the following day.  In the meantime, he burned the clothing valued at $8.47.  Owens is a negro.

A The completion of a $500,000 remodeling program makes the St. Anthony Hotel the only air-conditioned hotel in Texas.

The lowest temperature ever in San Antonio is recorded on this day.  The mercury plunges to a brutally cold 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the city shivers under a 4.7 inch snowfall.  This will be the largest snowfall in San Antonio until 1985.

December 11 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Thirteen members of the Twenty-fourth Infantry, United States Army, found guilty on August 23, were hanged on the military reservation at Fort Sam Houston at 7:17 o’clock this morning.

Olmos Dam is dedicated and opened to traffic.

WOAI-TV Channel 4 was dedicated today (right). The station begins broadcasting regular programming at 4:45 in the afternoon and signs off at 9:00 pm. The feature program is the SMU-Notre Dame game from Dec. 3.  The program was condensed to 40 minutes by eliminating huddles and time between plays.

October 29 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Treasury Secretary McAdoo has issued a statement asserting his belief that women are qualified for the ballot and expressing the hope that they would get it in New York.  Mr. McAdoo says:  “The time has come when suffrage should be given to the women of America.  The women of the United States have in every way, especially since this war has broken out, shown themselves qualified for the right of suffrage.”

The Express-News dedicates its new building at the corner of Avenue E and 3rd streets (right).  The day is inauspicious due to the second day of panic selling on Wall Street.  The stock market crash reaches its crescendo today and will come to be known as “Black Tuesday.”

All lights in Bexar County were out for the first time in history last night due to a public service power failure. The blackout extended beyond the county limits as far as Comfort, Boerne, Kerrville, New Braunfels, and Floresville.


October 19 in San Antonio history…

The county commissioners’ court this afternoon, acting on a petition of about fifty property owners and residents along Fredericksburg road, entered an order changing the name to Foch Highway.  The petition of the property owners pointed out that it seemed that the name “Fredericksburg” which was given to the in honor of the late German Emperor, grandfather of the present Kaiser, was ill-advised in view of the world calamity that Germany has brought about and the road should be renamed in honor of Marshall Foch, the great general of France now leading the armies of the allies.

Baylor University defeats Villanova, 7-0, in a game played at Alamo Stadium.  Milt Merka scored the decisive touchdown midway through the final period.

Bexar County’s brand new coliseum was “open for business” with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers – Barnum & Bailey Circus.

March 10 in San Antonio history…

Charged with “publicly cursing and abusing the President and Congress of the United States,” Fred Meister, a traveling salesman residing on Muncey Street, is arrested by John L. Dibrell, chief deputy United States Marshal. The complaint against Meister sworn to by Special Agent Utley states: “… one Fred Meister, in violation of sections 4 and 275 of the penal code of the United States, did unlawfully incite, set on foot and engage in a rebellion and insurrection against the authority of the United States and the law thereof, and give aid and comfort thereto, in that he did publicly in the post office at San Antonio, Texas, curse and abuse the President and Congress of the United States, and stated he would soon have an opportunity to fight in this country for Germany against the United States, and said he would not fight for the United States flag, and that there were 20,000 German-Americans in the United States and 40,000 in Mexico who would fight against the United States and are going to, yet.”

The Alameda Theater on Houston Street (right) holds its grand opening.

Woodlake Country Club hosts Roy Milton & His Solid Senders, Pee Wee Crayton, Camille Howard, Lillie Greenwood and Freddie Clark.

February 25 in San Antonio history…

Trinity University, a Presbyterian institution in Waxahachie, agrees to relocate to San Antonio and merge with the University of San Antonio, a Methodist university.

Jack Handey, of Deep Thoughts fame, was born in San Antonio on this day.

Blake Shelton performs at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in the AT&T Center.