Use a tomato, go to jail: World War II, week by week

Posted by David Middlecamp on October 28, 2013 

Headlines from October 25, 1943 Telegram-Tribune.


Oct. 22, 1943

Applicants for war ration book #4 crowded local schools early. About 1,000 registrations were taken at the Junior High, Emerson, Fremont and Hawthorne schools by press time.

Memorial rites were held Sunday for Ensign John Goold, who died in an airplane crash while training near Jacksonville, Fla. He was on a high altitude oxygen flight when he was last seen. His plane was never found. It was believed he crashed into the ocean or the St. John's river.

Cal Poly won a $35,000 grant for the cultivation of medicinal herbs. To clear up any misunderstanding, the herbs were Dalmatian sage, pyrethrum, poppy, blessed thistle, caraway, mint, coriander and licorice.

War relocation authority officials disclosed that 8,200 "disloyal Japanese" were moved to a new segregation center at Tule Lake. About 90,000 people of Japanese descent who had been removed from the Pacific Coast were relocated.

Oct. 25, 1943

The fourth rape in two months was reported in San Luis Obispo County. The previous three assaults were in San Luis Obispo and the most recent in Pismo Beach. The same man may have been responsible. San Luis Obispo Mayor Fred C. Kimball offered a reward of $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man or men.

San Luis Obispo residents were startled by two low-flying twin-motored and twin-tailed aircraft buzzing the town at hedge-hopping level. It happened at 10 p.m. Sunday night; no official explanation was given.

The city fire department was busy extinguishing fires at the Anderson hotel, Golden State Hotel and a residence on Story Street. One fire was traced to a lit cigarette tossed out an upper-story window onto an awning.

War ration books indicated a drop in San Luis Obispo population by roughly 1,000. War inductions and high-paying manufacturing jobs are likely the cause. Overall county population had increased due to the influx of troops to local bases, but soldiers apparently were not issued ration books. Book #4 had 11,322 subscribers compared to the high-water mark of 12,625 for book #2.

Oct. 29, 1943

About 2,000 "silent and sullen Japanese" were in the third week of a work strike at Tule Lake. The camp had a population of 15,000.

An Army Signal Corps unit at Camp San Luis Obispo was redeployed, leaving behind 23 cats. Today the cats lined up in front of an empty mess hall for scraps that never came.

Oct. 30, 1943

San Luis Obispo War Chest campaigners raised $10,000 for local and national welfare charity organizations.

Housing for Southern Pacific railroad workers was under construction at the southeast end of Leff Street. Five buildings would hold 20 families, and two dormitories would house 30 men each. The dormitory project was at the northeast end of Islay and Leff streets, and the family apartments at the southeast end of Leff Street. The temporary buildings were to be ready in December.

Halloween pranksters were warned by San Luis Obispo police Chief B.J. Epperly that prowl cars were on patrol and students found in possession of tomatoes will be taken to the police station. "Throughout the nation, police are urging young celegrants to bob for apples instead of destroying property, which is 'just what Hitler wants,' they said."

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