Juveniles not that delinquent after all, World War II week by week

Posted by David Middlecamp on April 1, 2014 

Front page of the San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune March 30, 1944.


March 30, 1944

Further investigation of offenses by minors revealed that only 15 of 46 offenders were local residents. Of these only 3 of 15 offenders were under the age of 17. One was accused of bicycle theft, one was a runaway and the third was arrested at 2:25 am on unspecified "suspicion." Charges against all three were dismissed.
The need for a curfew seemed less urgent in the light of this information.

Local chrome mine operators were frustrated by the limitations on government subsidies. Mine operators were only allowed to sell 1,000 tons of the mineral per year to the government. Mine owners claimed that they would expand production if they could sell more. Some chrome mine operators were stockpiling reserves at the old city sewage farm. Operators were fearful of the bust that followed the end of World War I when they were stuck with high cost ore as the government stopped buying the strategic mineral.
Quoting from the story:
 "There are now 88 known chromite deposits in San Luis Obispo county, and before 1896 some 30,000 tons of 50 per cent ore was produced, according to a report in "Mineral Resources of the United States in 1925.
Mining began in the county in 1881, and 6,000 tons were produced in the two following years."

An agent from the FBI and F. J. O'Ferrall, chief of narcotics enforcement for California, gave a presentation to 30 local law enforcement officers. The talk included opium pipes and other narcotics instruments.
"O'Ferrall demonstrated how opium and marijuana are grown and used by smokers, as well as methods of recognizing an opium smoker by his appearance and walk."

The Soviet First Ukrainian Army was 17 miles from the entrance to the Tartar pass, entry to Hungary.

Civilian automobile tires were still in short supply, and no relief was expected.

Money for the amphibious training base at Morro Bay passed the Senate and was sent to the White House. The breakwater needed to be completed, and $1,000,000 was included for this facility.

March 31, 1944

The British bomber force lost 96 aircraft and crews in a battle with Luftwaffe night fighters. It was the heaviest loss to this point in the war. The attack over Nurnberg, Germany, cost over 10 percent of the attacking force.

The Soviet army was advancing against the Germans but Stalin did not want to open a second front with Japan. They granted fishing rights off the Soviet half of Sakhalin Island while canceling coal and oil concessions. The Americans and British could not count on assistance on that front.

Adm. Chester W. Nimitz announced the start of heavy attacks on Palau Island in the Pacific, 530 statute miles east of the Philippines.

San Luis Obispo Mayor Fred C. Kimball proclaimed the month of April as "Cancer Control Month." He was supporting a call by the Women's Field Army, educational unit of the American Society for the Control of Cancer. At the time few patients diagnosed survived three years though many deaths could have been prevented with early treatment. It was the second highest cause of death in the United States.

Associates of Gen. George C. Marshall, army chief of staff and President Roosevelt's chief military adviser, described Marshall as being "angered and annoyed" at recurring suggestions that he be drafted as a presidential candidate.
It seems that poorly informed political prognosticators are not unique to the modern era. Marshall never ran for elected political office.

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