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September 21 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that Sgt. Thomas D. Applewhite, son of Mrs. Fannie W. Applewhite, custodian of the Alamo, was killed in action on the Western Front in France on August 17.  Mr. Applewhite was 41 years old.

All ten First Mate seafood restaurants have gone out of business because they were not making enough money, a spokesman for the owners said today.  The corporation has not gone bankrupt but all stores were closed Aug. 22, according to Jack Willome, vice-president at Ray Ellison Industries.  Ellison was the principal owner of the San Antonio restaurants.

Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.


July 5 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Kelly Field sent its baseball team to Corpus Christi to play the Fifth Engineers yesterday in the same manner Brooks Field did two weeks ago.  “If a man had an automobile he would not ride in an ox cart,” they say.  “So, why should men from the aviation section of the Signal Corps use a train?”

The city swimming pools are back in operation today after a “sick-in” by 85 of the city’s 95 lifeguards closed 17 of the 19 city swimming pools.  The “sick-in” was staged to protest the low wages lifeguards are now being paid by the City of San Antonio.  They want their hourly wages increased from $2.65 to $3.50.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers make their first appearance in San Antonio at the Convention Center Arena with Lone Justice opening.

June 18 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The San Antonio School Board of Trustees votes to abolish all instruction in the German language in San Antonio schools.  The decision was reached after the reading of resolutions from the Salesmanship and Rotary Clubs, denouncing the teaching of German as one of the most effectual mediums of the spread of German “Kultur” and propaganda in this country.

Thousands gathered at Alamo Stadium to watch ceremonies posthumously awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to S. Sgt. William J. Bordelon, Jr. The Marine sergeant’s mother received the medal on behalf of her late son.

It took a five-man team of workers eight hours to place explosives throughout the building but only nine seconds to demolish the 70-year old Elks Building on the corner of Pecan and Navarro streets this morning.  The building was immortalized on the cigar boxes for Travis Club cigars.

June 16 in San Antonio history…

1918 – Word War I
The San Antonio Light reports that Eddie Rickenbacker, America’s dare-devil auto race driver and now an aviator with the American armies, has become America’s second flying ace.  He was recognized as such yesterday by the French, confirming that he shot down five German airplanes between April 29 and May 20.

Heart, with opening act, Fleetwood Mac alumnus Bob Welch, entertains at Municipal Auditorium.

San Antonio celebrates the Spurs’ fifth championship!  The Silver & Black defeated the Miami Heat four games to one to avenge last year’s loss.

June 12 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Effective immediately, all merchants of Texas are asked to restrict the sale of sugar at one time to two pounds to the city trade and five pounds to the country trade, according to announcement received here from State Food Administrator Peden.

Col. Charles A. Lindbergh will not visit San Antonio this month for the dedication ceremonies at Randolph Field, “The West Point of the Air,” it was reported today by Jack Beretta, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce dedication committee.  Col. Lindbergh thanked San Antonio for the invitation, saying, “Engagements which I am unable to break will make it impossible for me to be present.”

After a decade of construction, the Sunken Garden Theater, one of San Antonio’s beauty spots, today stood completed.  The project was started in 1928 with erection of a 30×40 foot stage.


June 1 in San Antonio history…

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

K-Mart announces that they will be opening their first San Antonio stores in the former Globe Department Store locations with three additional stores in the city by the end of the year.

Def Leppard makes their first appearance in San Antonio, opening for Judas Priest at Convention Center Arena.

April 16 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Margaret Wilson, daughter of the President, gives a concert at Camp Stanley tomorrow night as part of a series of concerts under the auspices of the Y.M.C.A.  She gave two concerts at Kelly Field last night to capacity crowds.

San Antonio’s answer to Evel Knievel, “Even Steven” Baker, jumps six new Ford Thunderbirds in the parking lot of Deja Vu nightclub.

Officials from Opryland USA and USAA officially announce that the name of the planned $100 million, 201-acre musical theme park to be located in northwest San Antonio will be called Fiesta Texas.

April 9 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
The women soliciting for the third Liberty Loan in San Antonio reported $492,400 at their first noon meeting today at the Y.W.C.A. building.  The men, meeting at the Gunter Hotel, reported $383,050.

First Mate, a San Antonio-based seafood restaurant chain (right), opens their first location at Buena Vista and Zarzamora.

George Gervin wins the NBA scoring title over David Thompson with a 63-point performance over the New Orleans Jazz.  “The Iceman” knew he had to score 58 points to win the title and, despite being double- and triple-teamed, managed to set a new franchise record.  He also set an NBA record for most points in a quarter with 33 in the second period.

March 6 in San Antonio history…

The final assault on the Alamo begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. Mexican forces take huge losses but capture the compound, killing the last of the 187 defenders who had held out within the walls of the fortified mission for thirteen days.

1918 – World War I
Whiskey at ten cents a drink was the bargain offered at one of the downtown saloons this morning, marking the first effort of a saloon keeper in San Antonio to dispose of his stock before the ten-mile zone law is put into effect.  “We are closing out our entire stock” were the words on a sign stretched across the front of the saloon.

The new VIA Metropolitan Transit, successor to the San Antonio Transit System, officially takes over operation of local public transportation, although the transition from SATS to VIA has been going on for several months.

March 2 in San Antonio history…

The first flight in a military airplane occurred at Fort Sam Houston by Lt. Benjamin Foulois, flying Army Aeroplane #1.

1918 – World War I
Daily noon church services are being held in the Majestic Theater. (Not the current Majestic Theater.) “Only penitence, sacrifice and prayer can win the war.”

After the three-alarm fire that devastated their 311 W. Commerce location,  longtime men’s clothiers Penner’s reopens as a temporary store in the Frost Bank Building, just down the street thanks to a telephone call from board chairman Tom Frost.  “I might as well call it a donation,” say Max Penner of the temporary location, for which he says he is paying only a “token” rent.  “We can never forget him.”