1918 – World War I
Southwestern Telephone & Telegraph asks people to stop phoning the operators for the time of day (right).
Texas, rich in natural resources, had gone 125 years without a sales tax, but finally joined 36 sisters states that have had the levy for up to 25 years or more.
Playland Park closes for the winter and signs are put up promising the usual St. Patrick’s Day reopening the following year. Unfortunately, owner Jimmy Johnson decides not to reopen and a legendary San Antonio amusement park passes into history.
San Antonio merchants were happy as the 24-year old Texas Blue Laws were repealed today. However, San Antonio drivers were annoyed as a mandatory seat belt law took effect.