Jan. 22, 1944:
Fire raged through the Firestone tire warehouse on Higuera Street. The inferno was estimated to have caused $15,000 in damage. Hundreds of precious tires were destroyed, and the neighboring United Meat Market was damaged as well.
Two San Luis Obispo cattle rustlers were sentenced to 10 years in San Quentin.
Lt. Gen. Carl A. Spaatz was hopeful that heavy bombing would soon break the German Luftwaffe.
German forces were surprised when American troops landed at Anzio, Italy, behind the front lines. However, reinforcements were slow to arrive and the forces on the beach suffered fierce attacks by the Luftwaffe.
Jan. 24, 1944:
The San Luis Obispo County grand jury report cited vice and “deplorable conditions” in the San Miguel area, urging more stringent law enforcement. The jury also complained that serious juvenile delinquency resulted from allowing minors to play slot machines.
County Boy Scouts collected 72 tons of paper to be recycled.
Authorities were investigating two human arms that had washed up on the beach in Oceano.
Jan. 27, 1944:
Rudy Vallee was expected to bring this Coast Guard band and other entertainers to San Luis Obispo for War Bond shows at the Elmo Theater. Another show was scheduled for Paso Robles.
Planning for post-war veterans’ buildings were underway. Six men visited Veteran’s Halls in Santa Barbara County to see what features to include.
Dr. Harrison Eilers wrote a column asking for support in the research to discover the cause of infantile paralysis. During the last epidemic in San Luis Obispo County there were 15 acute-care cases. Many of the victims required treatment for months or years.
Jan. 31, 1944:
Rudy Vallee raised $130,000 toward the Fourth War Bond quota.
A sweeping prison reorganization bill was signed by Gov. Earl Warren.
The Victory in Europe — or, guess the end of the war — contest closed at noon Feb. 1, 1944.