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March 12 in San Antonio history...

1879
Groos Bank and Store is opened for business.  This building, at the corner of Commerce and Navarro (then known as Groos Alley) is the first building specifically for banking in San Antonio.

1918
The new Main Avenue High School opens on the site of the previous building.

1940
A statue of Popeye, made here by taxidermist Monroe Nowotny, was made ready for a jaunt to Crystal City, the spinach capital, for exhibition.

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