1918 – World War I
The San Antonio Light reports that the first San Antonio member of the American expeditionary force to lose his life on the field of battle in France was Lieut. Louis J. Jordan, a native of Fredericksburg, a celebrated football star at the University of Texas as who formerly was with the transportation department of the San Antonio Public Service Company. Notice of the death of Jordan was conveyed in a telegram from the War Department saying that he had been “killed in action.” (He was killed on March 5.)
Mayor Tobin began negotiations for an 80-foot strip of land on Bowen’s Island to be used in the city’s flood prevention program. Plans call for a huge tunnel to be dug across the river bend in the downtown section.
The Alameda Theater on Houston Street (right) holds its grand opening.