Volunteers bring in harvest, World War II week by week

Posted by David Middlecamp on October 21, 2013 

Oct. 16, 1943 Telegram-Tribune headlines about labor shortages and World War II.


Stories from the Oct. 16, 1943, Telegram-Tribune:

Women, students and servicemen brought the crops in in 1943. An acute labor shortage threatened harvest for local farmers. Almonds in Paso Robles were knocked off the trees by soldier labor. The Paso Robles Farm Labor Office said that 2600 man days contributed by soldiers on furlough to the grain harvest. The Women's Land Army in Atascadero brought in the prune, apple and pear harvest. Students earned from 60 cents to $12 per week. The entire tomato crop of Meissner Bros. was brought in by 10 girls from Mission school.

San Luis Garbage Co. scheduled a tin-can pickup on Sunday. The trucks stopped at each street corner gathering cans to be recycled for the war effort. Tin was being reprocessed to extract copper. The public was asked to wash the cans but not to put bottles out with the cans.

J. R. Paulson, editor of the Telegram-Tribune for the last six years, was promoted to publisher. Succeeding Paulson as editor was Robert W. Goodell, who came from the Salt Lake Tribune. Paulson replaced business manager Robert Burns who resigned to accept a position with the advertising department of the San Francisco News. It was an unusual move, as John P. Scripps newspapers usually paired a business manager with an editor. Given the wartime shortage of labor, the title of publisher may have been a way to both reward and expect more responsibility from that position. Longtime reporter Elliot Curry said that during the war the newsroom had a grand total of three on staff.

Articles published side by side offered a statistical contrast. Statewide automobile deaths had decreased by 15 percent; however, deaths in industry had reached 40 times the number of those killed in battle since Pearl Harbor.

A graphic at the lower right of the page compared the size of Italy and California. Allied forces had taken most of the southern third.

The California State Grange called for the abolition of the Office of Price Administratio, and, in an immigration view consistent with politics from 1880, was still opposed to any repeal of the Chinese exclusion act.

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