From the World Series to World War, WWII week by week

Posted by David Middlecamp on October 14, 2013 

Oct. 8, 1943 Telegram-Tribune headlines.


From the Telegram-Tribune, Oct. 8, 1943:

A dejected group of St. Louis Cardinals rode the train from the Bronx to Sportsman's Park. They were down two games to one and had lost the third game on fielding errors. Yankee manager Joe McCarthy admitted his team took advantage of sloppy play by their opponent but said that is part of the game. "After all, we made the breaks. This isn't a pink tea party, you know," said McCarthy. Baseball teams were depleted by wartime call-ups.

Pre-rationing food hoarders were essentially pardoned. It took too much time to inventory and assess ration stamp penalties.

Arroyo Grande was planning a Gay Nineties-themed Harvest Festival.

Harold E. Stassen was the first Republican candidate to run for president in 1944 elections.

Two fishermen died outside Morro Bay. Alexander McGlashan, 70, and Fredrick Meyer, 64 drowned when their small outboard motorboat capsized near Morro Rock.

August Biesman, a longtime fine china dealer, passed away at the age of 96. "For many years a little shop on Chorro street was an attraction for hundreds of people in Central California who bought the best in chinaware. The shop was operated by a dignified man with a well trimmed goattee who could flip his finger against a cup and tell by the tone whether it was good china, and just how good."

Clarence Jespersen, brother of Sen. Chris Jespersen, died at the Atascadero hospital from injuries from a tree-trimming accident.

In war news:

• The Red Army made gains across a 1,000-mile front, threatening Kiev and encirclement of Nazi troops.

• The Anglo-American Fifth Army was grinding out advances though territory north of Naples, difficult terrain was ahead.

• Nazi negotiators were rumored attempting to arrange a separate peace with Russia or the Western Allies through Sweden, Lisbon and Madrid.

• Guerilla fighters in "Jugoslavia" under Josip (Tito) Brozovich were attacking Nazi troops.

• The air war continued with heavy bombing strikes by British and American forces.

It was the end of an era for one telegraph company:

2 Telegraph Companies Merged Here

With the passing into history of the Postal Telegraph, which was merged with the Western Union effective midnight last night, Mrs. Jimmie Sirbeck, manager of the local Western Union office, stated that the local Postal Telegraph office, managed by Edward S. Collins, will continue to serve as a branch of the Western Union temporarily. The office has been functioning from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will continue on this schedule, but may be closed a 6 p.m., she stated. The main Western Union office functions on a 24 hour basis.

Office Grows

Mrs. Sirbeck, who became manager of the Western Union office four days after Pearl Harbor, stated that the office has seen a tremendous growth since that time. When Camp San Luis Obispo first opened up, there were three persons working in the office which was open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Now there are 28 employes, working on a round-the-clock basis, and in addition, another branch office is maintained at the camp from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. with Sunday service. She estimated that there has been a growth of from approximately 400 messages a day to 2000 a day. Before coming to this city Mrs Sibeck traveled through California for the Western Union. Collins has been in the local office of the former Postal Telegraph since last March 13.

Nine in Service

A service flag on the wall of the Western Union reveals that nine men have gone from the office. Two are first lieutenants; two are in officers' training; two are aviation cadets; one is in the navy; one a sergeant with the army signal corps; and the last a messenger to go is a private first class with the army. Consummating negotiations of several years, the merger of the Western Union and Postal Telegraph became effective last midnight, when all employes and facilities of Postal came under the direction of Western Union, it was announced today, by United Press. All offices formerly operated by Postal will become Western Union office and a number are expected to be closed.

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