The war put great demands on labor, and finding qualified people to fill positions required creative solutions.
In some industries, women and minorities were pressed into roles that before had been closed to them. In other areas jobs were combined.
At the Telegram-Tribune, the management staff shrank when one man left for a job in Utah.
The paper was under the ownership of the John P. Scripps organization, and at the time the papers usually had a business manager and an editor.
The Telegram-Tribune became an exception to the rule when the editor was appointed publisher.
Here's the story from Nov. 1, 1944.
Telegram Names New Publisher
R.W. Goodell has been appointed publisher of the Telegram-Tribune, succeeding J.R. Paulson, who resigned recently to accept a position on a Salt Lake City, Utah, newspaper.
Goodell, who resides here with his family, came to the Telegram-Tribune as editor in October 1943, after 15 years experience on a number of western dailies.
Paulson was connected with the local newspaper for seven and one-half years.
In the Los Berros school district, there were no teachers, forcing parents to bring children to Arroyo Grande. Voters approved formation of a unified elementary school district by a total of 105-19.
The Halloween party was deemed a success with 800 school-age boys and girls attending.
No arrests were made, and few cars had deflated tires or missing hubcaps as November dawned.
Gov. Thomas E. Dewey attacked President Roosevelt's New Deal promises as "not to be trusted." The election was six days away.
Radio Tokyo announced an airstrike on the Japanese capital by Super-Fortress bombers.
British commandos were attacking the approaches to the port of Antwerp in the hopes of opening a vital allied supply link from the Belgian port.
The 8th Air Force hurled more than 550 heavy bombers at German synthetic oil and railway targets.
Moscow radio estimated German losses on the Eastern Front at 1,500,000 men killed or captured in the previous 13 months.
Nov. 3, 1944
Pvt. Robert "Bob" Douglas Patton, 19, who had lived in San Luis Obispo and Sacramento, was reported killed in action Oct. 7, during the invasion of southern France.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur narrowly avoided death when the building he was in was strafed by a Japanese plane. A .50-caliber slug splintered the wall a foot from his head. When aides rushed into the room, they found the general digging out the bullet. His comment to the worried staff: "Not yet."
An article explained the importance of the fight at Antwerp. "The key to the western front is not German resistance, but the allies' ability to keep their troops supplied with munitions for a major offensive, for the same type of relentless battle as that around Caen which won all France within a few weeks after the German lines cracked."
S-Sgt. Robert Marcum returned home for a 21-day furlough after evading capture behind enemy lines for 40 days. The Liberator bomber gunner had been reported missing in action July 19, 1944. His method of escape could not be divulged, but he and some of the crew had been able to return across enemy lines to Italy. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross the Air medal with three oak leaf clusters and a Purple Heart. The San Luis Obispo High School graduate had two brothers in the service as well.
A P-38 fighter pilot from Van Nuys Air Field was killed when he crashed near Lancaster after "buzzing" the ground.
American Army troops were on the edge of the Hurtgen Forest, 10 miles inside the Sigfried defensive line.
The fight on the island of Leyte was drawing to a close as the American invasion split the island garrison in two and began to envelop the remnants.
Population growth in San Luis Obispo was pegged at 31.2 percent in the previous four years. The final numbers showed growth from 8,881 in April 1940 to 11,653 in October 1944. Growth had accelerated rapidly final three years as war broke out.