This post card was in a Paso Robles file with no caption information. Printed on the back was “Alsup Studio Paso Robles, Calif.” Only problem was the building didn’t look like one from Paso Robles. The low heavy fog, dune scrub growth and lack of oak trees made Paso Robles less likely for the location. …View full post
How can you make photography any easier than this? One camera makes instant prints. An electric eye, electronic shutter and image-sizer with viewfinder frame. Not sure what any of that does but it sure sounds cool, especially when you put it in the Professional-type carrying case. Another costs less and loads easily with flash cubes …View full post
Even a break in training for war could be deadly as seen in this excerpt from a May 10, 1943 story. Col. Hank Partin, of the Lemoore air base, was saved from death or serious injury yesterday in the Camp Roberts rodeo by the quick action of Dogie Davidson, a merchant marine, when he was …View full post
Cuesta College celebrates 50 years this year and the first major milestone was when voters approved bonds to finance building a brand new facility to replace the 30-year-old wood frame military barracks. This story is from June 5, 1976. Story by Kay Ready Buildings—once whitewashed enlisted men’s quarters for Camp San Luis Obispo, now paint-chipped …View full post
A tradition from the early days of Cuesta College sadly no longer practiced. Published October 12, 1968. Frosh gutty — Sophs muddy Mud, mud everywhere, especially on the sophomores—the result of a tug-o-war between Cuesta College’s freshmen and sophomores, with the younger set winning both dirty battles in a two-game series. Both class presidents got …View full post
Only problem was the building didn’t look like one from Paso Robles.
The low heavy fog, dune scrub growth and lack of oak trees made Paso Robles less likely for the location. The North County gets fog but the the combination of factors added up to another location.
A careful examination of the image shows a faint writing near the center. It appears to say Pizmo Inn, Pizmo, CAL No 5.
A web search turns up pictures of the El Pizmo Motel not far from the current location of the pier. According to Pismo Beach writer Effie McDermott the motel had its heyday in the 1910s. Judging from the wooden wheeled car in the photo, this photo was made about that time, when biplanes raced cars.
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One camera makes instant prints. An electric eye, electronic shutter and image-sizer with viewfinder frame. Not sure what any of that does but it sure sounds cool, especially when you put it in the Professional-type carrying case.
Another costs less and loads easily with flash cubes and film cartridges. Small enough to pack for easy traveling.
Home movies? Just $154 to get a Bell & Howell Super 6 movie camera and projector with forward, reverse, still and rapid-rewind (400′ reel sold separately.)
Stop the technology train, I’m ready to get off.
Except now cell phones can do all these tasks in a smaller package and they make phone calls. OK a cell phone can’t make a print, but you can send the images to a printer pretty easily.
And a bunch of other stuff.
But if you really want one of these antiques they can be found at estate sales.
Buy now while savings are greatest.
Even a break in training for war could be deadly as seen in this excerpt from a May 10, 1943 story.
Col. Hank Partin, of the Lemoore air base, was saved from death or serious injury yesterday in the Camp Roberts rodeo by the quick action of Dogie Davidson, a merchant marine, when he was thrown by an enraged Brahma Bull.
As the bull came out of the chute, partin was tossed and fell to the ground with his breath knocked out by the fall. As the bull turned to charge him, Davidson working at the chute, grabbed a blanket and tossed it over the bull’s head in on motion, stopping the bull in its tracks and saving Partin from the sharp horns of the bull as more than 15,000 spectators looked on.
At Camp San Luis post ordnance officer Capt. L.W. Tondro lost his right hand in an accidental explosion while he was destroying duds at the artillery and mortar range. Several shells went off at the same time.
Gen. Francisco Franco of Spain and Pope Pius offered to negotiate a peace with the western allies while allowing the Axis to continue fighting Communist Russia. The Allies had their eyes on invasion of Europe and were in no mood to negotiate as Nazi generals began to surrender in North Tunisia.
Cuesta College celebrates 50 years this year and the first major milestone was when voters approved bonds to finance building a brand new facility to replace the 30-year-old wood frame military barracks. This story is from June 5, 1976.
Story by Kay Ready
Buildings—once whitewashed enlisted men’s quarters for Camp San Luis Obispo, now paint-chipped and showing their age—still indicate signs of College campus life.
A weathered black insignia on one dilapidated building reads “Student Offices,” but a quick look inside dusty, cracked window panes reveals nothing but emptiness.
Cuesta College’s new $22 million home, now two-thirds complete, is a creek and deserted airfield away from the old.
County voters, who approved the new campus into existence in 1970 and 1974, have watched it grow alongside Highway 1, between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. In 1970, it boasted only of brand new tennis courts. In 1976, it’s more than a dozen brick and red tile buildings strong — and still growing.
Buildings and parking lots encircle what looks like a giant, newly planted patio. The grass has sprung green between cement walkways; but tiny saplings still have not shed protective wooden cages and groundcover still rests in clumps in beds of redwood bark.
A few years down the road, there’s promise of shade trees and groundcover aplenty.
The campus will be formally dedicated Thursday, June 10, during 1976 graduation festivities. County residents will get their first eye-opening look at buildings and services they’ve financed, during a grand-scale open house celebration.
From 2 to 4 p.m. students will lead tours of classrooms, laboratories, the planetarium, bookstore, cafeteria and physical education facilities. There will be music and art exhibits, and refreshments in the new cafeteria.
The Cuesta Jazz Ensemble, in a farewell appearance before its July trip to the International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, will entertain from 4 to 5 p.m. And dedication ceremonies will share the commencement spotlight from 5 to 6 p.m. at the outdoor student assembly center.
More than 400 graduates will be honored, following ceremonies, during a reception from 6 to 7 p.m.
College president Dr. Merlin Eisenbise is proud of his new campus.
“From those first few hundred students, faculty and staff who set up school in the barracks of Camp San Luis Obispo amidst mud puddles and gopher holes — to the thousands now attending classes in the new, modern campus — Cuesta’s appearance has changed dramatically,” said the man who’s been at its helm since 1964.
“The basic campus is not complete, but…we think it is time the total community takes a look at what it has achieved.”
A tradition from the early days of Cuesta College sadly no longer practiced. Published October 12, 1968.
Frosh gutty — Sophs muddy
Mud, mud everywhere, especially on the sophomores—the result of a tug-o-war between Cuesta College’s freshmen and sophomores, with the younger set winning both dirty battles in a two-game series.
Both class presidents got into the action—Mike Gallagher, leader of the sophomores, and Randy Carter, slender and gutty boss of the frosh.
The frosh reversed the trend of last year when the sophomores twice bested the freshmen n spring and fall matches.
Even the girls joined, some not exactly dressed for the occasion. Such as Karen Henry, a cheerleader, and two other coeds dressed more for an afternoon tea than a muddy romp in the specially dug and watered arena.
The proceedings delighted everyone including the several hundred students and instructors, gathered around the mud pit. Even the losers were quite gracious about it, offering handshakes around after the awesome battle.
In honor of Cuesta College’s 50th birthday a few posts this week from the Cuesta file.
Today a lot of technical schools advertise in heavy rotation on television. However many of those programs are offered at local community colleges for less money than a for profit school and often these instructors have good insight into the local job market.
Many of these jobs will require ongoing training as the years go by and systems and technology change. If your business is still using punch cards and data tabulators you may want to head back to school and learn a new skill.
The original captions [with the addition of "at Cuesta college"] are published with the photos, copy editors writing captions in 1968 sometimes called college age women, girls at the time. Classes were still being held on the old campus, drafty World War II era Camp San Luis Obispo buildings. The classic 1968 technology, hair styles, clothes and glasses make these photos an interesting record of the time.
On November 2, 1968 Michael Raphael wrote about the college students that wanted to be into the work world in two years:
One-third of Cuesta’s students enrolled in vocational training
One of every three regular students at Cuesta College is there to learn a trade.
These students are not bent on getting the four-year college education and the bachelor’s degree that goes along with it.
They want to lear how to be skilled auto mechanics, electronics technicians, nurses and secretaries. And they want to learn these skills in two years.
The still-fledgling Cuesta College offers a wide variety of vocational courses that lead to regular junior college Associate in Arts degree.
The major vocational offerings are automotive technology, business education, electronics, metals technology and nursing.
And the school also offers a group of vocational subjects for workers in the community who want to improve their understanding of their own jobs. Tese subjects include fire science, police science, real estate, correctional science and conservation.
Walk into an auto class and you might find instructor Ed shields, backed by a roomful of auto parts and repair equipment, lecturing a class in “Internal Combustion Engines.”
In later semesters, the prospective auto mechanic moves into the study of power trains, fuel and electrical systems, brakes, engine diagnosis and late in his two years at Cuesta he will get into the study of special auto problems.
The electronics student begins with basic electricity, then moves into electronic fundamentals, vacuum tubes and semi-conductors, and from there he goes into the various kinds of elementary and advanced circuits with a little “mathematics for electronics” thrown in as necessary background.
The nursing program, headed by Juanita Booth, provides the background for a student to become eligible to take the state examination for the nursing license.
A total of 58 students are enrolled in the Cuesta nursing program, brought about, school officials say, by demands of the community.
The nursing program covers the fundamentals of nursing, nursing care of children, care of adults, maternal nursing, nursing care of infants and nursing care of mental illness.
Dr. Frank Martinez, Cuesta’s assistant superintendent for educational services, said a major portion of the nursing program involves actual clinical experience.
It is an expensive program, he said, because there never are more than 10 students to a teacher.
The metals technology department, headed by james W. Hazzard, covers welding, metallurgy, machining and sheetmetal, and metal fabrication.
Business education at Cuesta covers a wide variety of subjects, including accounting business law, typing, business machines, business correspondence, office procedure, advertising, shorthand and marketing.
One of the up-and-coming vocational subjects is data processing.
“We have a couple of theory classes and three simple machines in data processing —a puncher, a sorter and a tabulator machine.
“We hope to get more sophisticated equipment and eventually one of the cheaper levels of computer,” Martinez said.
One of the interesting things about vocational students, Martinez said, is that many of them get jobs and wind up their Cuesta careers before they finish their two years of training.
And the director of counseling and guidance, Cynthia Perkins, said the converse often is true.
Some students come into the vocational program, find out how well the can do in college and decide to expand their horizons into four-year college educations and in some cases, they go on to get their master’s degrees or doctorates.
The vocational training leaders at Cuesta are kept abreast of the needs of the community through a series of advisory committees, which meet one or more times a year to study the curriculum and recommend whether it should or should not be changed.
The nursing committee, for example, includes Victor Farrell, administrator of the county hospital; Dr. H. Howard Kusumoto, county health officer, and a group of practicing doctors and nurses.
High spirited young men heading off to war didn’t always make the best neighbors.
From May 20, 1943 Telegram-Tribune
Citizens Demand Action of Policing of Dance
The San Luis Obispo city council last night acting on a request contained in a petition signed by 36 citizens, arranged with civilian and army authorities that the Saturday night dances at the Labor Temple on upper Monterey be closed at 11:45 p.m., and that extra police patrols be employed to prevent recurrences of the strongly worded complaint.
“We feel that taxpaying residents should not be subjected to the outrages and indignities that we have suffered in the past few months. Any action you may take in this matter will be greatly appreciated,” said one of the letters that accompanied the petition.
The council, in an effort to take immediate action on the complaints had Orville Sherlock, operator of the dances brought before it to explain his side of the complaints and to work out a solution.
Lt. W.J. Cullenmore, Camp San Luis Obispo provost marshal, was also at the meeting and promised to see that the area near the dance hall is cleared of soldiers by 12 midnight.
The petition and accompanying letters, were signed by nearly 40 residents of that area who said that their property had been littered with bottles and trash, their gardens had been trampled, clothing had been stolen from their back yards and that men had even tried to force entrance into their homes.
Mayor Fred C. Kimball, calling for immediate action, said that he was sure that the allegations were true to a great extent because of the number and character of people who had signed the petition.
The advertisement was signed A.T. Mercier, preident of the Southern Pacific Company and the tag line was “The Friendly Southern Pacific.”
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Edward Gardner Lewis and wife Mabel bought the 23,000 acre rancho that would become the colony of Atascadero for $850,000 in 1913. The utopian dreamer, land speculator and publisher envisioned a new city.
By 1915 a tent city sold the subdivided lots and was the place for people to stay while building their homes.
The Mercantile/La Plaza building in Atascadero was part of the civic center of the colony. It was designed by St. Louis, MO architect John J. Roth.
This grand opening photo dated March 3, 1917 shows a mixture of horse drawn and gasoline fired buggies landscaping was still incomplete.
The building housed 70 guests in Atascadero Inn on the top floor and by 1919 a world-wide co-op called the Rochdale program supplied groceries for the community. There was also the home of the post office, movie theater, hardware, jewelry, clothing, furniture stores among others, and two elevators.
Originally all commercial business in Atascadero was restricted to this one building. With almost 42,000 square feet it was the Wal-Mart of its day. The only exception was made for an automotive garage down the street.
In 1922 E.G. Lewis, town founder and president of the Colony Holding Corporation, sectioned off nearby land to be developed commercially but soon he would lose control of the colony during bankruptcy. Some local merchants found restrictions onerous established themselves on the state highway, setting the template for the town we know today.
In 1926 building was sold and remodeled as hotel throughout, hosting a second grand reopening of the building now called the Atascadero Inn, ten years after it was built. The building would not survive to 20. The Atascadero Inn was destroyed by fire September 13, 1934.
Ironically the site today is behind the downtown fire station and also is where part of the Fine Arts Academy are located. All that remains is a small rose garden behind the fire station.
Photo courtesy the Atascadero Historical Society
Information from “Atascadero, The vision of one-The work of many” by L.W. Allen