1917 – World War I
Local authorities believe that a rash of fires recently may have been started by German spies or sympathizers. On July 10, a mysterious fire broke out in the plant of the Southern Macaroni Company, near the lower I. & G. N. Railroad yards. This concern has a contract to furnish the government with approximately 50,000 pounds of
macaroni. The night of the fire. The fire broke out in the midst of 9,500 pounds of the product which had been prepared and was scheduled to be delivered the following day. Investigation showed the lock of one of the doors had been sawed to gain an entrance to the place.
Leslie Tillett was at a reception in San Antonio speaking to the “Friends of the Tillett Tapestry” about his creation, a 100 by 3 foot tapestry he created, depicting Cortes’s conquest of Mexico. He was hoping to sell it for $200,000 as a “gift to the city.” Ultimately, it was not purchased and went on display elsewhere.
The nickel pass of the bus rider was eliminated today by a 4-to-1 votes of the City Council. Passes will be eliminated July 4, increasing fare for twice-daily riders in the first zone by 15 cents and 25 cents in the second zone.
Morris “Mo” McHone is named the sixth head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, replacing Stan Albeck, who said he could no longer work for Spurs President Angelo Drossos.
The San Antonio Bulls win their American Football Association season opener against a team the Express-News calls, “a rag-tag assemblage of football fumblers who called themselves the Oklahoma City Drillers. Perhaps the Drillees would have been more appropriate.” Final score: Bulls 76, Drillers 0. (This score was one point short of tying the AFA single season record of 77 points, also set by San Antonio, against Ft. Worth in 1977.)
Sea World of Texas holds grand opening festivities featuring television stars throughout the park, such as Bob Keeshan of “Captain Kangaroo,” Tina Yothers of “Family Ties,” and Bryce Beckham of “Mr. Belvedere.” Susan Howard of “Dallas” said, “God gave someone good sense and the powers that be for choosing San Antonio as a site for the park. This is truly a Memorial Day that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.”
Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, comes to San Antonio for an airshow and a reunion of his WWII 357th Fighter Group squadron.
1917 – World War I
The newspaper censorship provisions were stricken entirely from the administration espionage bill today in the Senate by a vote of 39 to 38 on motion of Senator Johnson of California. After the censorship clause had been stricken from the bill, Senator Kirby, Democrat, of Arkansas, introduced an amendment providing for a definite and specific press censorship under the supervision of the secretaries of war and the navy and that was defeated, 65 to 5.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band bring their Detroit sound to Convention Center Arena. The opening act is a rock singer who had recently auditioned to be lead vocalist for Black Sabbath named Michael Bolton.
The first flight in a military airplane occurred at Fort Sam Houston by Lt. Benjamin Foulois, flying Army Aeroplane #1.
Canadian rock trio Rush, with the Dutch opening act Golden Earring, draw a crowd of 13, 281 to the show in Hemisfair Arena.
Travis Park United Methodist Church is dedicated.
World War I – February 28, 1917
President Wilson releases the contents of the Zimmerman Telegram for newspaper publication after 10:00 p.m.
Foley’s in Ingram Park Mall holds its grand opening.
Billy Squier makes his first appearance in San Antonio, bringing his “Emotions in Motion” tour to Convention Center Arena. Canadian group Saga opens the show.
The Finck Cigar Company building, built in 1882, is illegally demolished at 7:45 on a Sunday morning. A construction company crew discovered at the debris-covered site of the designated city landmark was cited for allegedly violating the city code by not having a demolition permit. Just weeks after the demolition, State Sen. Frank Tejeda filed a bill requiring responsible parties to rebuild historic buildings that are damaged or destroyed, or pay an amount equal to the estimated replacement cost to be used for preservation projects. But since the bill was not retroactive, it could not be used to make anyone pay the estimated $200,000 it would have cost to replace the Finck Building. In the end, the joint venture paid a $25,000 fine to the city for the demolition.
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word formally dedicate Santa Rosa Hospital, then known as Charity Hospital, located at Cameron and Commerce Streets. An advertisement in the San Antonio Express promised that the Infirmary would open to “all persons without distinction of nationality or creed.”
Jazz flugelhornist Chuck Mangione plays a concert in Laurie Auditorium. It is not known if Hank Hill attended the show.
While in San Antonio to film his Christmas special, “Bob Hope ‘s 4-Star Fiesta Christmas From San Antonio”, entertainer Bob Hope visits Bob Hope Elementary School at 3022 Reforma Drive – the only elementary school in the nation named for him. Second-grader Jennifer Ramirez, 7, presents him with a red school t-shirt and a kiss on the cheek. “Is it true you’re going to build us a swimming pool?” one boy asked. School officials hid their embarrassment and quickly led the students in a chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
The headlines of the San Antonio newspapers describe a bus/train accident that resulted in the death of 26 children. This accident spawned the myth of the “ghost tracks” at Shane and Villamain. Despite being the lead story in the newspaper, the accident actually took place in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Harry Simeone Chorale and Orchestra, famous for their recording of “Little Drummer Boy,” performs at the Sams University Center at Trinity University.
Today Show’s Willard Scott throws the switch to light the River Walk and serves as celebrity Grand Marshall in the first Holiday River Parade.
The weather clerk had forecast fair and warmer weather but San Antonians awakened to find their hydrants frozen. It was the hardest freeze of the season. The weather clerk admitted he made a mistake and was embarrassed.
Actress Judy Garland makes a “whistle stop” in San Antonio and signs autographs for fans.
Bexar County jail inmates have taken up a collection and presented $300 to a woman whose 12-year-old son drowned in the San Antonio sewer system. “ Nobody made them do it,” said Sheriff Joe Neaves, who added that the inmates simply wanted to help pay for the boy’s funeral. The boy’s body was discovered Nov. 4, more than a day after he tumbled into an open manhole while playing soccer at school.