San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA - San Juan de Capistran, (3rd Mission)
Built 1718, San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA
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Where is San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA?  San Antonio officially the City of San Antonio, serves as the seat of Bexar County.

San Antonio was named for Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is on June 13, by a 1691 Spanish expedition in the area. Wikipedia

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1718 - San Antonio, Texas founded
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1842 - March 5 - Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.
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The San Antonio Express, of May 21, gives the following particulars of the late disastrous hail-storm:

"Our city is a perfect wreck; every house in it has received some damage; many are in complete ruins, with nothing but fragments of walls standing. The hail-stones penetrated the best roofs, going through tin roofs like cannon balls. All the windows facing to the north have been smashed in, even window shutters and doors were broken down. The appearance of the city could not have been worse ... Read MORE...

News 1870 - The postmaster at San Antonio, Texas, was not long since puzzled by the receipt of a letter from New Orleans,
directed to "My Mammy, living in the City of San Antonio." One day, however, a small, fierce looking old woman appeared at the post office window, saying, "Mister, have you got any letters there from my Johnny?" The letter addressed to "My Mammy" was at once given her at a venture, and the suspicion that it was intended for her proved correct.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 25, 1870

News 1889 - A unique chair made of the horns of Texas cattle was lately sent from San Antonio to the White House.
It is the gift of a San Antonio banker to President Harrison, and cost its donor $1,500. The horns are riveted with gold, and there are a number of gold plates used in its construction. From one of them glistens a very handsome diamond.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
March 30, 1889

San Antonio, Tex., Feb. 13. - A destructive fire, resulting in a total loss of about $35,000 worth of property, occurred here early this morning. The flames started in the rear of the Central hotel at 3 o'clock, and before the fire department responded that building was doomed. The fire quickly spread to the St. Leonard hotel, which adjoined the Central, and soon obtained such headway that it was impossible to save that structure.

The Central hotel was an old two-story building and the St. Le... Read MORE...

San Antonio, a city, the capital of Bexar co., Tex., is on the San Antonio River, which here receives the San Pedro, 80 miles SW. of Austin, on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio, the International and Great Norther and other railroads... The city is surrounded by a fertile country, of which cattle, cotton, wood, and hides are the staple products. It is one of the leading cattle, horse, and mule markets of the country and has large flouring-mills, breweries, foundries and machine-shops. T... Read MORE...

1910 - The first military air flight in a Wright brothers' plane took place in San Antonio webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ txtimeln.htm

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 21. - Lieutenant Alvin M. St. John, of Memphis, Tenn., and Private Carl L. Cubler, of Elgin, Illinois, were instantly killed this afternoon when a plane they were flying crashed into a flagpole and then into a building at Kelly field.
Billings Gazette
Billings, Montana
May 22, 1920

News 1928 - January 1 - 1st US air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio
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January 1, 1928

1949 - December 11 - WOAI TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
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News January 31, 1949 - The temperature at San Antonio, TX, plunged to a record low of one degree below zero.
January 31, 1949

San Antonio, Texas (AP) - Investigators poking through the remains of a gutted ice plant tentatively blamed an ammonia leak for an explosion that killed four people and injured at least 21.

Deputy Fire Chief Jim Miller said the blast Wednesday "evidently was caused by an ammonia leak" at the downtown plant, owned by Lone Star Ice and Food Stores and Southern-Hencke.

All but one of the injured were treated at hospitals and discharged for ammonia burns or inhalation of fumes, officials said.... Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here

America/USA  Elton Harold Deaett (24 October 1918, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA (Middleboro) - 3 December 1993, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA)

America/USA  Erma Jones (25 March 1899, Granbury, Hood, Texas, USA - 29 January 1951, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA)

America/USA  Clarke Adrien Kaarlsen (8 July 1943, Monroe, Orange, New York, USA - 25 March 2008, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA)

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