1917 – World War I
Work on the construction of a garbage incinerator for San Antonio which will consume a total of more than 100 tons of refuse during each 24-hour period, will start as soon as final arrangements can be made. Unless unforeseen difficulties should interfere, Mayor Bell and Commissioner Lambert hope to have the new system in operation by January 1, 1918.
The site for the new incinerator already has been selected. It is located just east of the Salado Creek and south of the Seguin Road.
The San Antonio Commissioners pass an ordinance “prohibiting any person, firm or corporation, excepting regularly licensed druggists and practicing, licensed physicians, to have in his or their possession, or to smoke, or in any manner use marihuana, Indian hemp, loco weed or Cannibis Indica. Anyone found with any of the above named substances, in any form, except those indicated, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $10 dollars and not more than $200 dollars.”
T.Texas Tyler, hillbilly singer who found fame with his 1948 hit “Deck of Cards,” was singing the San Antonio blues from the city jail, charged with possession of marijuana. Tyler, 41, Nashville, whose real name is David Luke Myrick, was arrested in the White Plaza Hotel by Lt. Charles Doerr and other narcotics officers. Doerr said that 45 marijuana cigarettes were found in his suitcase. T. Texas was nabbed shortly before he was to have appeared at the Municipal Auditorium tonight with the Grand Old Opry show. He didn’t make the night appearance as result of his arrest but had made the Sunday matinee.