Curfew problems, World War II week by week

Posted on March 12, 2014 

Air Opposition By Luftwaffe Dwindles, lead headline from San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune, March 11, 1944.


Cross-dressing creek bathers in San Luis Obispo were apparently a problem long before World War II. Stories from 70 years ago in the Telegram-Tribune:

March 7, 1944

Parent-Teacher associations from San Luis Obispo to Arroyo Grande were petitioning their cities and the county for a curfew law. Paso Robles had recently enacted a law and adults wanted a uniform standard.

Another related article took a more light-hearted look at the problem of children staying out too late.

While researching local curfew law, an 1884 ordinance came to light forbidding "bathing in the creek" and "wearing clothes of the opposite sex."

Bathing in the creek was a serious health risk in the 1880s given that San Luis Creek was the city's de-facto sewer. An 1870s era Tribune editor, Oscar F. Thornton, endorsed a plan to flush the creek daily with releases from a reservoir.

The cross dressing issue was less clearly documented.

The city council urged parents they were the key to the problem. Action on establishing a planning commission was postponed by the San Luis Obispo City Council for further study.

The Soviet Army of the Ukraine under Marshal Gregory K. Zhukov had achieved breakthrough near Romania.

March 10, 1944

Reporter Cecilia Carpenter wrote of efforts to research the life of Father Junipero Serra, founder of the first missions in California, nine of the 21 including San Luis Obispo.

Groundwork for canonization had been underway for the last 10 years. "The case, when tried, will be opposed by a 'promoter of the faith,' a priest, more popularly called the 'devil's advocate' whose duty it is to try by all means to defeat the canonization effort..."

March 11, 1944

Oil drilling was showing gains in the Arroyo Grande and Santa Maria area. "There are approximately 1,000 producing wells in the vicinity of Santa Maria, 300 in Santa Maria Valley, 300 older ones in the Orcutt area, about 75 in Cat Canyon and from 25 to 50 on Gato ridge."

Union Oil was increasing its 8-inch pipeline to Avila to 12 inches.

The air war over Europe was shifting to Axis targets that would support defense against a planned invasion. These targets were closer to bases in England and offered more protection for bombers on their dangerous missions. The Luftwaffe was showing signs of damage with fewer defenders rising to challenge the bombers and their fighter escorts.

In a report to Congress Foreign Economic Administrator Leo T. Crowley explained that Lend-Lease had grown from a trickle to a torrent. Now 14 per cent of all U.S. war expenditures, now almost $20 billion, was going to support other nations like Great Britain and the Soviet Union.

Over half had been delivered in the last year as the "Arsenal of Democracy" ramped up production. Planes, bombs, ships, tanks, guns and other munitions were now flooding into active war fronts or being stockpiled for the anticipated invasion in Western Europe.

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