Monthly Archive: November 2009

Nov 30

Two years of blogging

Well readers, another year has passed and once again I missed the blog’s birthday date. Regular viewers can be happy there are so many interesting subjects to pursue. When the first post was made I anticipated this to be a picture and a couple of sentences a few times a month. Your interest and comments …

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Nov 28

Custom shaped $70 Short Boards

July 10, 1969 Surfing has been a part of the Central Coast for decades. The oldest local surf photo I can find is from the 1930′s and three decades later the sport had matured. With no local surf board company in the area brothers Reeve, 23, and Mark Woolpert, 20, stepped into the void, shaping …

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Nov 25

Sinking of the Queen of the Pacific

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The narrow gauge Pacific Coast Railroad served San Luis Obispo to Los Olivios and connected to steamer service at Port Harford. Photo courtesy Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers May 1, 1888 The Queen of the Pacific was in trouble. At at 2:45 a.m. the crew notified Captain E. Andrews the vessel was 15 miles from …

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Nov 23

Point San Luis Lighthouse

Point San Luis Lighthouse Feb. 22, 1894. From the left, oil house, lighthouse, fog horn, residence. Photo courtesy Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers Volunteers at the Point San Luis Lighthouse have been working hard to restore their over century old treasure. A story by Tribune reporter David Sneed outlines their efforts to date.The county’s other lighthouse, Piedras …

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Nov 21

Hat mirror, safety and style

September 13, 1915 The Daily Telegram made an effort to keep women up to date on the latest fashion trends with wire service features like this one. HAT MIRROR LATEST SHE’LL SEE YOU: WATCH OUT It may be curiosity–and then again it may be caution! Anyway girls are wearing mirrors dangling from their hat brims …

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Nov 20

Sandercock Transfer & Storage

Fred Sandercock was part of the mounted party who escorted President William McKinley on his visit to San Luis Obispo. Looking back on names mentioned in the columns of the Tribune and Telegram newspapers the name Sandercock appears early and often. Before the Secret Service assumed lead responsibility for presidential security local volunteers with good …

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Nov 18

Generation Gap, Beatle decorations v. Sinatra records

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April 7,  1968 The gulf between the generations plays out in the advertisements in Family Weekly magazine. In the spring after the Summer of Love in 1967 the generation gap could be measured here. In the near corner, weighing in teen age – Complete set of 20 Wide-Eyed dancers and decorations that will magically convert …

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Nov 16

Lark Train Wreck

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UPDATE: October 2, 1915 Thanks to a comment from William and Margaret Memmer we now have the date on this Lark train wreck and can tell the whole story. The story ran under a five deck headline in the Daily Telegram with a boxed graphic naming the killed and injured. The story reads: Fireman F. …

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Nov 13

And the icing on the cake? She likes guns

June 10, 1971 This just in from the Appearances Can Be Deceiving Desk: Don’t pick on your baker. She may be able shoot more than butter cream icing. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the Focus story by Jim Hayes and the photos by Larry Jamison. Little lady packs a big bang Dee Adamson …

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Nov 12

Spanish Influenza cartoon #3

November 11, 1918Once again our paragon of anger management, Everett True, acts on an impulse most of us are too polite to do. In the era of Spanish Influenza a sneeze was a public health issue.Links to other stories in the series: Spanish Flu Cartoon Spanish Influenza of 1918 hits California’s Central Coast Spanish Flu …

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