Quicksilver production rises, World War II week by week

Posted on March 3, 2014 

Telegram-Tribune from March 4, 1944 documents an "alarming jump" in juvenile delinquency.


World War II stories from the Telegram-Tribune 70 years ago:

Feb. 26, 1944

A front page obituary for Queenie Parr Warden, 82, a prominent community activist. She almost became the first woman elected mayor of San Luis Obispo in 1917 when she lost to Dr. W. M. Stover by a handful of votes. She was president of the Civic Club, which preceded the Monday Club and was onetime proprietor of the City Pharmacy. The bridge across San Luis Creek in Mission Plaza is named for her.

Quicksilver production in the county had almost doubled since 1941. The largest producers were the Rinconada mines southeast of Santa Margarita and the Oceanic mines near Cambria. The 1942 production numbers recorded 2,782 flasks produced with a value of $518,657. San Luis Obispo County was fourth on the list of 18 quicksilver producing counties in the state.

A photo from the Italian front showed German prisoners of war who looked like mid-teen age.

United Press reporter Walter Cronkite wrote a story claiming that Germany's air defenses were "finished off." The high spokesman was speaking on condition he remain unidentified. The truth was the German war effort was damaged, production of advanced weapons were limited and resources were diverted but the massive bombing effort did not destroy the Luftwaffe.

Feb. 29, 1944

The Methodist Church renovated and furnished a room for transient servicemen's wives. The church had four rooms that had housed between 400 and 500 women over the last year.

Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson ordered the Army to relinquish control of the Los Angles Department of Water and Power. A strike had curtailed services.

March 3, 1944

Juvenile delinquency in San Luis Obispo was up 400 percent reaching an unprecedented high of 31 cases. "Unfavorable home conditions" were blamed. The youths were charged with "no parental control," "leading immoral lives," theft, and sex offenses among others. Twenty-four of the accused were boys.

Rain postponed the "Steepstakes Mountain Climb." Soldiers at Camp San Luis Obispo — 75 of them — were competing for the best time up and down the 1,310-foot Cerro Romauldo peak. Shortest time in the staggered start event would win a $50 savings bond.

The county topped its Fourth War Loan drive quota by $301,547 to reach a total of $2,276,547.


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