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Hippie pad raided during SLO's 'Summer of Love'

EARLY MORNING PEEK AT HIPPIE HAVEN: All the comforts of the long-haired set prevail at this Marsh Street "pad."
EARLY MORNING PEEK AT HIPPIE HAVEN: All the comforts of the long-haired set prevail at this Marsh Street "pad." Telegram-Tribune

The friction between youngsters who like loud parties and older folk who like sleep has been a long-standing drama in San Luis Obispo.

St. Fratty’s day isn’t the first point on that timeline, nor will it be the last.

Perhaps the tension began in the 1960s as the parents of the Baby Boomers began to wonder, “What’s happening with kids today?”

Hippie garb is now a Halloween costume, and many look with nostalgia on the sunshiny “All You Need Is Love” video by the Beatles.

That year, 1967, would become known as the “Summer of Love.”

However, there was a dark side to the dawning cultural freedom.

The mantra of peace, freedom and love could sometimes be cover for those with predatory motivations.

A hippie life was all about adventure, but in today’s world the treatment of the teens in the following story would likely result in felony charges.

There are more questions than answers in this May 10, 1967, Telegram-Tribune story.

Walt Beesley was a reporter from the Eisenhower generation who often covered the court and police beat.

Police raid hippie ‘pad’ — 7 jailed

A blaring hi-fi set and raucous laughter led to the arrest this morning of five juveniles and two adults occupying what police said “looked like a psychedelic pad” and named by its tenants as the “Halfway House for Hippies.”

Two girls, aged 14 and 17, were among those taken from the dirty bedroom at 547 1/2 Marsh St. after the occupant of the front portion of the house complained of noise.

Police who investigated the complaint said they found the two girls and the others in various stages of undress. One of the girls, an officer said, was running about the house nude when he entered the place.

The two adults were identified as Darrell Gordon Paddle, 19, of Campbell and Allen Isaiah Brumfield, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y. They were booked into County Jail on charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Three of the juveniles, all boys, 16 and 17, are from San Luis Obispo. One of the girls, 17, gave her address as Dublin and the other, 14, said she was from Santa Monica. All were taken to Sunny Acres juvenile detention home on charge of being out of parental control. One of the girls said her group picked up hippies on stopovers at the bus station here and recruited others along the freeway.

The 14-year-old girl said she went to the house “because I was tired and heard they had food there.”

Among the belongings of one girl were numerous unused bus tickets which police said probably were taken from “visitors” picked up at the bus station to be cashed in later for refunds.

One of the girls also had a credit card from St. Benedict’s Hospital in Ogden, Utah, issued to Jill L. White of Venice. Los Angeles police checked at the Venice address and reported the owner said her purse and all her identification cards had been stolen some time ago.

Police said they did not search the place thoroughly but said liquor bottles and beer cans were strewn about the place.

The one “bedroom” had mattresses on the floor.

On the shanty-type entrance to the house was a painted sign which said, “A Home for Wayward Boys.”

One of the disgruntled boys said at the police station: “We weren’t doing nothing wrong. I was asleep and all of a sudden everybody was runnin’ around and there was the cops. We don’t bother nobody.”

The revelation that transient hippies are invited to the house recalled a recent Santa Cruz news story which listed San Luis Obispo as a stopping-off place for the long-haired set.

One of the 16-year-old San Luis Obispo boys, who also was listed by police at the “renter” of the pad, denied he had done anything wrong, but smilingly said, “This long hair sure helps me in the band.”

Police said the informant this morning was Byron Westwood, who lives in the front portion of the house. He called police at 5:30 a.m. Officers said the house is owned by Harry Tregarthen of 2712 Flora St., San Luis Obispo.

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