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April 19 in San Antonio history…

Bids will be opened in the mayor’s office tomorrow at noon for putting the new roof on the Alamo.  On one portion of the old roof there is now a young hackberry tree, grape vine and other vegetation growing.

1918 – World War I
No darkening of the streets or show windows in stores along the parade route tonight will be required, according to the directors of the Fiesta Association.  “The more lights there are on the street the better the floats will show up and we are anxious that there be as much light as possible,” says B. R. Webb, president of the Fiesta Association.

Playland Park features “Ride-A-Rama Fun Day” with discounted admission.


March 20 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
First Lieut. Walter J. Johnson of Jersey City, N. J., a flying instructor at Kelly Field, is killed instantly in an airplane accident this morning.

The Mission Broadcasting company of San Antonio today asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to change the frequency of radio station KONO from 1400 to 860 kilocycles and to increase the power from 250 watts to 1000 watts at night and 5,000 watts during the day.  (The change would not take effect until August 30, 1948)

British band Queen makes their first and only appearance in San Antonio at Municipal Auditorium with Brownsville Station and Al Stewart opening.

March 17 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Speed has been the object most desired at Camp Travis since the first nail was driven toward construction of the camp.  One morning, Lt. W. G. Hollingsworth, in charge of construction at the camp, telephoned A. J. McKenzie, vice president and general manager of the McKenzie Company, a rush job for the hospital.  He asked when six buildings 16×40 feet, needed to house convalescent patients, could be completed.  He was told “today.”  The order went out at 10 o’clock to get them done “today.”  The six buildings were completed in 270 minutes.

With a dream and an initial investment of $35,000, former priest Tom Adams (right) begins making split-vamp, double-tie athletic shoes.  He names them Kaepa after his two daughters, Mikaela (nicknamed “Kae”) and (Pa)ula.

Radio station KEXL goes off the air.

November 27 in San Antonio history…

The city first begins displaying Christmas lights along the Riverwalk.

The first Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is held in San Antonio.

For the first time in the history of the event, heavy rain forces the cancellation of the Holiday River Parade after it begins.  Twelve floats made it down the river before the cancellation. Earlier in the evening, the 10,000 lights on the 55-foot white fir in Alamo Plaza were turned on.  The tree is decorated with silver and black ornaments as a tribute to the Spurs.

November 6 in San Antonio history…

The 11th annual International Fair at San Antonio was opened today by Gov. T. M. Campbell.  The ceremony followed a big street parade viewed by thousands of spectators.

1917 – World War I
The first minute inspection of Camp Travis’ grounds and buildings by Major General Henry T. Allen, division commander, and members of his staff, was made this morning.  They found the camp was deserving of the commendatory remarks passed by civilian visitors, who have been struck by its cleanliness.

KISS and Mott the Hoople perform at Municipal Auditorium

October 28 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
The Mayor issues a proclamation “To Loyal San Antonio Women:”

Whereas, the President of the United States, has, through National Food Administrator Hoover, called on every loyal American woman to save food, and
Whereas, thousands of woman and children in Europe are suffering from hunger and unless we save our staple foods and eat as far as possible the more perishable foods our boys in France may go hungry and our own people be short of food.
Now, therefore, believing that it is our patriotic duty to help not only our country at this crisis but to aid suffering humanity, I, Sam C. Bell, mayor of San Antonio, do hereby urge every woman in this city to sign the Food Pledge Card, and to put in the front window the Food Membership Card, and above all to follow the instructions of the Home Card and save food.              SAM C. BELL

The Express-News dedicates its new building at the corner of Alamo and 3rd streets.

The rock band Rush plays their first concert in San Antonio at Randy’s Rodeo. Heyoka opens the show.

September 10 in San Antonio history…

Geronimo, along with 26 other members of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, is brought to Ft. Sam Houston after his surrender in Mexico.  He will be held here for about six weeks before being sent to Ft. Pickens in Pensacola, Florida

After thirty hours of isolation, it is reported that 1,000 to 3,000 people are dead from the massive hurricane that struck Galveston (right).  Four thousand buildings are reported destroyed, scores of vessels in the harbor are wrecked, cisterns are polluted with seawater and the city is in total darkness.

Casa de Sol, a halfway house located at 321 Frio City Road for people with a “drinking problem,” is dedicated today at 2 p.m.  The project, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, was begun to help troubled individuals “stay off the bottle.”

September 5 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War One
At 9:30 this morning, the first twelve men called from Bexar County, called into service in the National Army, met at the City National Bank, headquarters of Division 5 of the national exemption board.  After their enlistment, the men were allowed to depart, reporting again at noon and receiving the meal ticket provided by the government.  At 2:30 p.m.,  they were loaded onto a truck and carried to Camp Travis to begin basic training.

Robert Heyges, one of the stars of the new television show “Welcome Back Kotter,” visits San Antonio today to promote the show.  Co-starring with comedian Gabriel Kaplan, Hegyes plays the role of Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Hauvos Epstein, a Puerto Rican Jew who comes from a large family and is a remedial academic student, called a “sweathog” by other students.  The show will premiere on KSAT Channel 12 at 7:30 Tuesday (Sept. 9).

The mercury reaches 111 degrees – the hottest day in San Antonio history (right).

September 2 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1917
The grimness of war was forgotten tonight when 3,000 uniformed men and an equal number of their ladies danced and promenaded for several hours in Travis Military park and on roped off sections of Pecan and Jefferson.

Classes begin for the first time at the brand new 1604 campus of UTSA.

Longtime San Antonio country & western radio station KBUC 107.5 FM switches formats to become a Spanish music station with call letters KZVE.  Well-known KBUC d.j.’s Bruce Hathaway, Ron Houston and Max Gardner are terminated, along with the rest of the staff.

August 16 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
“So far as this office is concerned, saloons within half a mile of the Arsenal are closed and will remain closed for the duration of the war.” This was the comment made Wednesday at the office of the United States district attorney on efforts being made to reopen these saloons since the company of guardsmen at the Arsenal has been replaced with regulars.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the alligator gardens at Brackenridge Park will be closing within the next two weeks.  George Kimbrell, who captured the alligators himself and has operated the garden for the last 23 years, will donate the alligators to the Alligator Gardens of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

San Antonians mourned the death of singer Elvis Presley, who died at age 42 at his home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.