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May 24 in San Antonio history….

Texas votes for Prohibition, 148,.982 to 130,907.  However, Bexar County votes against it by a wide margin, 8,386 to 2,920.

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


April 7 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio City Council passes an ordinance making it “unlawful for any person to interfere in any manner with any other person or persons engaged in forming or proceeding with a procession or parade for legal purpose on the streets or plazas of San Antonio.”  The fine for violation is set for not more than twenty-five dollars.

1918 – World War I
Additional details of the plans of the government to erect a hospital at Kelly Field became known to the effect that the institution is to accommodate all fields in the Department of the South.

The Federal Courthouse on Durango Street is renamed the John H. Wood, Jr. U. S. Courthouse in honor of slain U. S. District Judge John H. Wood who was assassinated in May 29, 1979.  U. S. Senator John Tower and U. S. Representative Tom Loeffler speak at the dedication ceremony in the courthouse rotunda.

March 31 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
Daylight Saving time takes effect for the first time at 2 a.m.  “Before closing the store [tonight],” said Max Goodman of the Hertzberg Jewelry Company yesterday, “we will set forward our street clock, the clock in the window and six or seven large time pieces in the store.  The other watches and clocks will be allowed to run down.  Monday morning we will wind them all up again and set them to the new time.”

A three-alarm fire rages through the walls and roof of the Texas Transportation Museum in Hemisfair Plaza, ruining the collection of Fiesta gowns, damaging stored European and Texas paintings and furniture, but leaving most of the museum’s priceless automobile collection miraculously unscathed.  Three of the 55 cars in the collection, said to be the tenth largest in the country, were destroyed: a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, a 1940 American Bantam mini-car, and a 1957 Lotus racer, valued at a total of about $35,000 (about $108,000 in 2017 dollars).

The Sears building on Romana Plaza closes.  It will be razed, rebuilt and opened in 1995 as the San Antonio Central Library.

February 21 in San Antonio history…

1918 – World War I
A giant service flag containing about 300 stars, representing the contribution of the Main Avenue High School’s former students to the country’s service will be presented to the school at 3 o’clock this afternoon by the high school’s Parent-Teacher Association.

A railroad engineer slammed on the brakes of his 100-car freight train today, derailing two of the cars — to save the life of  Melicio Cruz, a 98-year-old San Antonio man.  Patrolman James Engel, said it appeared Cruz, who had wandered away from his family that afternoon, was making his way across the tracks on Lombrano, when he grew weak and could not go on.

UTSA announces the creation of their intercollegiate athletic program.

December 12 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
San Antonio native Edgar G. Tobin is promoted to First Lieutenant.

Most San Antonio Catholics celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 445th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to the Indian peasant Juan Diego.

The new headquarters of San Antonio Savings is nearing completion at Loop 410 and San Pedro Avenue.  It is due to open at the end of the month.

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.

October 26 in San Antonio history…

Barnum & Bailey Circus, billed as the greatest show on earth, put on a world of new attractions in San Antonio.

1917 – World War I
Camp Travis will soon cease to be the mecca for carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other workmen.  Announcement was made today that carpenter work on buildings now under way will be finished within a week and that within four weeks the plumbing work will be completed.  At the same time it was announced that with completion of this work, the office of the construction quartermaster would be closed and any future construction would be under supervision of the camp quartermaster.

The Urban Cowboy craze comes to Laurie Auditorium with Eddie Rabbitt, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee & the Urban Cowboy Band.

October 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
Washer Brothers advertises Union Suits for the “long, short, stout and regular” – from $1.25 to $6.50.

The San Antonio Library initiates a new “after hours” reference service.  Persons who need answers to questions may call the Main Library any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.  When the library is closed, an answering service will take the question and refer it to the library reference department as soon as the library opens.  A librarian will find the answer and return the call.  (This service no longer exists.)

Senator Ted Kennedy comes to San Antonio to formally dedicate John F. Kennedy High School, which was completed in 1963.


September 1 in San Antonio history…

Miss Katherine Stinson’s Chicago-New York airplane flight lasted just 41 minutes today.  Miss Stinson, ambitious to break Ruth Law’s record for the flight, left the ground in Chicago at 5:09 a.m.  At Porter, Indiana, at 5:50 a.m., her engine malfunctioned and she volplaned.  She failed to see some telephone wires and her machine was damaged.  The aviatrix was unhurt.  After some repairs, she will try again next week.

A deed was filed in the county clerk’s office this morning in which Clara Driscoll transferred the Alamo property to the State of Texas in consideration
of $65,000. The property is described as follows: The Hugo & Schmeltzer property, formerly a part of the old Alamo mission and adjoining the Alamo church property now owned by the state. The property Is bounded on the north by Houston street, east by the Alamo ditch, south by the Alamo
and Alamo plaza and west by Alamo plaza.

Television station KONO (Channel 12) has completed all arrangements to put all the Cleveland Browns’ professional football games on the air in San Antonio this fall, according to Bob Roth, commercial manager. The first telecast of 11 Sunday afternoon games will be Sept. 29 when the Browns meet the champion New York Giants.

Playland Park closes for the winter and signs are put up promising the usual St. Patrick’s Day reopening the following year.  Unfortunately, owner Jimmy Johnson decides not to reopen and a legendary San Antonio amusement park passes into history.

The legal drinking age in Texas is raised from 19 to 21, resulting in the layoffs of 70 workers at the Lone Star Brewery and 25 workers at the Pearl Brewing Company.

August 22 in San Antonio history…

1917 – World War I
An effort is being made to establish a thrift special train service in Texas to teach the housewives how to can, pickle and preserve vegetables and fruit and otherwise conserve the food supply, according toe Allen R. Howard of Dallas, who was in the city yesterday.

If new sources of water are not found for San Antonio in the next four years, the city is going to be up a creek and a dry one at that. This was the contention today of R. A. Thompson Jr., general manager of the water board, as he outlined San Antonio’s future water needs.

San Antonio Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela fans 15 batters in a 3-0 win over Amarillo.  The 19-year-old lefty allowed just two hits in the second half of the season and struck out 162 batters in 174 innings.