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October 30 in San Antonio history…
1912 A tragic fire at St. John’s Orphans Home (right), on the corner of San Saba and W. Houston Street, kills six nuns and three orphans. 1971 Trinity University dedicates their new $4.8 million, 3,000-seat Laurie Auditorium, named for former president, James W. Laurie. 1975 Montgomery Ward opens their third San Antonio location – a brand […]

October 29 in San Antonio history…
World War I – 1914 Newspapers report that Germany has tried to broker peace with France by offering Metz and a part of Alsace.  The hope was that Germany could separate France from the other allies.  The offer was rejected. 1929 The Express-News dedicates its new building at the corner of Avenue E and 3rd streets (right). […]

October 28 in San Antonio history…
World War I – 1914 The sheer exhaustion of the armies fighting in West Flanders causes almost a complete lull in the battle for a day.  There are some infantry skirmishes but artillery shelling has ceased. 1835 The Battle of Concepcion, which historian J.R. Edmondson describes as “the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution”, takes […]


African American Funeral Programs of San Antonio
Visit The Portal to Texas History to view San Antonio Public Library's collection of African American funeral programs. The collection consists of over 1,000 programs that date from 1935 to present day and depicts the African American community in Bexar County.

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