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October 2 in San Antonio history…

From 7 p.m. last night to 7 a.m. this morning 4.15 inches of rain has fallen on San Antonio, causing the San Antonio River and most other rivers in the county to overflow their banks.  The flood waters have claimed the life of a mother and her three small children near San Jose Mission.  Most of downtown San Antonio is also flooded.

1918 – World War I
There have been no deaths in the army camps from epidemic influenza, it was announced at headquarters today.  A quarantine to prevent spread of the disease has been placed upon Fort Sam Houston, Kelly Field, Brooks Field, Camp John Wise and the Motor and Mechanical Repair shops.  This is a precautionary measure, rather than a measure resulting from the extent of the disease.

Nat “King” Cole and his Orchestra play a concert in Memorial Auditorium.



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  The law would be repealed two years later, on March 16, 1956.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 31 in San Antonio history…

The deeds conveying the 283-acre Brackenridge homestead north of San Antonio to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word were delivered to the sisters by Col. Brackenridge for $100,000.

1918 – World War I
The people of San Marcos will “never forget the music the 358th Infantry Band gave them,” according to a letter from J. S. Knox of the San Marcos Red Cross committee sent to Maj. Gen. Henry T. Allen.

Frank Huntress, publisher of the San Antonio Express newspaper, announces that the Express Publishing Company has applied to the Federal Communications Commission to purchase KGBS television station channel 5.  (The sale would be completed in November 1954 and the call letters would be changed to KENS for Express-News Station.)


April 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Russia’s national flag will be red from now on with the inscription “Российская Советская Федеративная Социалистическая Республика” or “Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic” written in white.

The impending visit of the famed Hilton Siamese twins, Violet and Daisy, to their former home city of San Antonio, revives memories of perhaps the most bizarre civil trial in Bexar County history.

The “Brackenridge Eagle” miniature train begins operation in Brackenridge Park.  This is a “soft opening.”  35,000 passengers will ride the train before the grand opening is held on June 14.

March 26 in San Antonio history…

Alamo Plaza has won the location of the new Grand Opera House. It is also a prominent and strong candidate for the site of the new government building.

1918 – World War I
Twenty-two Camp Travis men who were sent to camp as deserters between March 24 and February 14 have been relieved of the charge of desertion and will be admitted to the army clear of any blight,  Maj. Gen. Henry T. Allen has announced.  In each case, the man arrested as a deserter, and who is relieved of that charge, bears a name which indicates he is of foreign extraction, either Spanish or Greek, and it is said most of them were not familiar with the draft law and did not intentionally desert.  All have agreed to serve.

Big Joe Turner entertains at Woodlake Country Club along with Guitar Slim and his Orchestra.

January 11 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The charges of laxity in enforcing the laws against vice made against Police Chief Lancaster in the hearing conducted before the city commission yesterday were sustained and the chief was reinstated by unanimous voted of the mayor and commissioners this morning.

1954>January 11 in San Antonio history...
San Antonio today mourned the death of one of its most prominent citizens. Edgar Tobin, WWI flying ace, who with 11 other persons was killed yesterday in a Louisiana plane crash while returning from a hunting trip.

San Antonio receives a snowfall officially measured by the National Weather Service at less than one inch but there are accumulations of two and a half inches in some areas.

January 10 in San Antonio history…

The telephone booth placed on the south end of Alamo Plaza by the hackmen was removed yesterday in compliance with the order of the council.

1918 – World War I
Approximately 15,000 books are now at the service of the men of Camp Travis, according to J. F. Marson, librarian of the Camp Travis Library.  The library, which was erected by the American Library Association, is still waiting on equipment to enable it to function at full capacity.  In the meantime, books are being distributed by the YMCA along with the library in camp.

1954Express & News
The staffs of the San Antonio Express (morning) and San Antonio News (afternoon) publish their first combined paper, the San Antonio Express & News Sunday Edition.  The two newspapers will officially merge 30 years later, in 1984.

November 10 in San Antonio history…

The entire west block of Military Plaza, including the Fashion Theater, is consumed by fire.

1917 – World War I
Carpentry and plumbing work on buildings at Camp Travis will be completed by tonight and the large force of carpenters and plumbers will be discharged, according to an announcement yesterday at Stone and Webster headquarters.  The steam fitters who are now completing the heating plants in various buildings will finish their work by November 24.

Ruth Brown (“Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean”) and Charles Brown (“Merry Christmas, Baby”) perform at the [Carver] Library Auditorium.

September 17 in San Antonio history…

The Los Angeles Rams play an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Alamo Stadium. The Eagles win (right).

Convention Center Arena features a concert with Quiet Riot, Axe and the first San Antonio appearance of Seattle’s Queensrÿche.

Hurricane Gilbert spawns a total of 47 tornadoes in South Central Texas (and at least 13 in Bexar County), causing three fatalities in San Antonio. Local damage was estimated at $35 million with damage to vehicles, homes, apartments and businesses

September 3 in San Antonio history…

Alamo Plaza is decided upon as the location for the cenotaph honoring the Alamo heroes.

Every telephone number in San Antonio will be changed at midnight tonight as special crews switch 127,000 lines to the new metropolitan numbering plan that requires dialing two letters and five digits (right).

An old San Antonio custom, serenading by troubadours in Haymarket Plaza, has been revived today.  The practice was discontinued about 10 years ago.  Singing by troubadours and señoritas will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Saturday at the plaza, said acting City Market Manager Thomas Melchor.