RUDOLPH L. BIESELE, Editor
A Chronology of Events in San Antonio, Being a Concise History
of the City Year by Year. By Edward W. Heusinger, F. R.
G. S. San Antonio (Standard Printing Co. of San Antonio),
1951. Pp. iii. One map, appendices, glossary, and index.
This is a compact, concisely written book that reminds Texana
collectors of the late William Corner's San Antonio de Bexar,
published in 1890, in which a chronology is an outstanding fea-
ture. There is considerable difference, however, in the arrange-
ments of the Corner and the Heusinger chronologies. Whereas
Corner made news entries under successive days of each month,
skipping about from year to year, Heusinger has noted after each
year in sequence events he deemed of special importance or
interest occurring in the year concerned. Thus, his chronology is
more orderly than Corner's.
The Heusinger chronology is a book of "firsts." Here are a
few examples: In 1846 San Antonio's first United States post
office was established on May 22; in 1848 the Western Texan,
the city's first newspaper, was published as a weekly; in 1854 the
public school system was established and two free schools were
started; in 1868 the city's first ice factory was constructed on
Losoya Street; in 1877 the first passenger train of the Galveston,
Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway reached the city on Feb-
ruary 19; in 1891 the United States weather bureau established
an office in the Dullnig Block.
Some of the entries evoke appealing pictures of San Antonio's
past. On May 3, 1869, a young buffalo was run through town on
Main Street by a cowboy. In 1905 there were "noticed on the
streets, besides several one cylinder Cadillacs, A. E. Staacke with
a Wood's Electric Automobile, J. D. Anderson with a Haynes
Gasoline Car, and Gus A. Duerler, Jr. with a Locomobile Steam
San Antonio proudly proclaims to the world today that it is
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101139/. Accessed August 29, 2015.