Monthly Archive: December 2009

Dec 31

Cal Poly baseball championship

Todd Rice, left, and Drew Herron of Cal Poly celebrate moments after the Mustangs captured the NCAA Division II National Championship in their first-ever trip to the College World Series. Cal Poly snapped a 5-5 tie with a four-run eighth inning to beat New Haven 9-5 in Friday night's championship game to cap a 38-25 season.

June 3, 1989 One story that slipped past the anniversary date at Photos from the Vault this year was the 20th anniversary of Cal Poly’s baseball national championship held in Montgomery, Alabama. Before 2009 is over, imagine it is last June… Back then Cal Poly was a Division II program coached by Steve McFarland. Sports …

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Dec 30

Your favorites from 2009


I quoted Mark Twain in a recent comment, and for what its worth, here are some statistics. These were the most popular posts of 2009. Six were actually posted this year and four were greatest hits from 2008. Google, no surprise, was the lead search engine bringing viewers to the pages and Internet Explorer was …

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Dec 28

The promise of a right to vote, 54 years later

A special moment Dora Baines, San Luis Obispo, registers to vote in the San Luis Obispo County clerk's office, a big moment in her life after being denied this right for more than 35 years in Mississippi.

February 10, 1965 We set the fireworks off on July 4th celebrating a unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America. The second sentence is the one quoted most often. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, …

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Dec 26

Avila Truss Bridge No. 5 Pacific Coast Railroad

Bridge construction Avila Beach 1966ish.

This view over San Luis Creek in Avila Beach comes from a box that has mostly 1966 negatives. Unfortunately I can’t find the article, if anyone can determine the correct date I may be able to find the news clipping. There is no golf course or kids park but the Union Oil tanks are in …

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Dec 24

Season’s Greetings

December 23, 1966 Telegram-Tribune staff.

December 23, 1966 The Telegram-Tribune had a tradition that carried through the 1980′s with a full page house ad thanking the readers and advertisers for their support from the previous year. It was a chance to give some recognition to folks who worked putting out six papers a week Monday through Saturday. Most never saw …

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Dec 22

Man From UNCLE vs. Santa Claus

Rexall Ad Dec. 7, 1966

December 7, 1966 These were my prime Christmas years, and Rexall had it all. It would still be a few years before I moved up to the Kodak instamatic camera outfit with flashcubes and automatic film advance. Later models would include a flash cube tower to help eliminate red eye. My first camera was the …

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Dec 19

Shriners Special train wreck

Thirty-six people died in the May 11, 1907, 'Shriner's Special' wreck at Honda. Photos courtesy from the George McCarron Collection.

May 12, 1907 An earlier post covered the career of the early twentieth century surgeon Dr. William Stover and mentioned what was perhaps the biggest challenge of his career, the train wreck of the Shriners special. Historian Dan Krieger picks up the story in a column published June 13, 2004 with headlines from Morning Tribune …

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Dec 17

Happy 50th Birthday Grover Beach

1893 Grover, er, Huntington Beach promotional poster

December 21, 1959 The city of Grover Beach was born 50 years ago this month with an election tally of 636 votes in favor and 380 against. It is the only city in the county that can not expand by annexation as it is surrounded by Oceano, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach. According to the …

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Dec 15

West Coast Land Company, when land was $15 an acre

The West Coast Land Company was a major advertiser of the late 1800's.

May 14, 1890 Recent stories have featured included new proposals for development near San Miguel and the nationwide speculative real estate bubble that burst affecting hard money lenders and their investors. Over the decades the only constant in the market has been that it does not go in the same direction forever. One of the …

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Dec 13

Post office Christmas rush 1968

Waiting in line at the main post office on Marsh St. in 1968.

Christmas rush at the post office 1968.

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