San Antonio City Council records show a man named Valdez asked to buy stones from the walls of the Alamo and the council approved his request, saying, “The corporation resolved to sell him all the stones he may want at 50 cents a cartload.”
1917 – World War I
President Wilson, who was re-elected in 1916 under the slogan “He kept us out of war,”asks for a declaration of war against Germany in an address to Congress:
“With a profound sense of the solemn and even tragical character of the step I am taking and of the grave responsibilities which it involves, but in unhesitating obedience to what I deem my constitutional duty, I advise that the Congress declare the recent course of the Imperial German Government to be in fact nothing less than war against the Government and people of the United States; that it formally accept the status of belligerent which has thus been thrust upon it, and that it take immediate steps not only to put the country in a more thorough state of defense but also to exert all its power and employ all its resources to bring the Government of the German Empire to terms and end the war. ”
Over the protests of Councilman Van Archer, the city council approved the recommendation to increase pedal boat charges to $2.50 per hour and adult boat taxi fares to $1.25 per person. The rates had been $2 hourly and $1.15 per person.