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Oct 15

Tour the Telegram-Tribune in 1941 World War II week by week

The Telegram-Tribune had been through a whirlwind of changes over the last 15 years. In the mid-1920s there were three papers under different owners.
The Telegram, the leading paper at the time under scrappy president C.L. Day.
The venerable Tribune edited for four decades by Benjamin Brooks.
The upstart the Obispan later renamed the Herald, a new anti-vice paper.

Tour of the Telegram-Tribune offices October 11, 1941.

Around 1925 a period of consolidation took place when local businessman R.C. Hoyt bought out the owners of the various papers and set up shop in a Model T era Ford garage at 1240 Moro Street.
Hoyt soon sold the combined operation to Scripps-Canfield who sold it to Scripps League who sold it to a cousin John P. Scripps. During this consolidation the morning Tribune was merged with the afternoon Telegram and the paper's name became hyphenated in 1939. John P. Scripps was grandson of both famed publisher E.W. Scripps, and business associate Col. Milton A. McRae. During his career he owned 13 different newspapers including the T-T and Sun Bulletin.

The paper had a bit of a coming out party in 1941 after getting a new rotary press to replace the old flatbed press. It appeared there were about 6 newsroom staffers at the time supplemented by county correspondents who would file periodic columns. Editor J.R. Paulson; city editor Neff Smart; Esther Lucas, society editor; Harold Westlund, sports editor; Kenneth Fox and Barbara Crawford, reporters.

Big Crowd Visits News Plant

More than a thousand San Luis Obispo county citizens visited the offices and plant of the Telegram-Tribune Friday night when the newspaper, in observance of National Newspaper week, held open house from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Visitors crowded through editorial rooms to watch the night wire of the United Press type out 60 words a minute of the latest news flashes from across the continent and throughout the world. Editorial staff members described the working of the wire machines for the visitors.
As the visitors watched stories from around the world work out of the machine the heard the clatter of linotypes and other typesetting machines and from the editorial offices the moved to the back shop where linotype operators, demonstrating the operation of their intricate machines, cast lines of type bearing the individual's name.

Makeup Demonstrated

Through the make-up department where Telegram-Tribune printers demonstrated the art of page justification, or the completion of each page in type and metal, the visitors were conducted.
From there the guest of the newspaper were shown through the stereotyping department where full-page mats, consisting of a substance similar to cardboard, are pressed from the type pages then locked in a casting box where molten lead, with temperature above 500 degrees, Fahrenheit, is poured against the surface of the "mat". The saw stereotypers continue demonstrations of "planing" and "routing," methods by which the curved plates are beveled and cleared of excess lead.

See New Press

On the Telegram-Tribune's new rotary press the group saw papers printed from the curved page plates and heard descriptions of the press and its work by the newspaper's pressmen.
Visitors, who included city and county officials, businessmen, farmers, workers and soldiers, representing all walks of life and occupations, were served light refreshments as they left the building.

In other news in early October:

Construction begins on U.S.O buildings in Paso Robles and San Miguel.
Paso Robles went to court over water rights on the Salinas River. The city did not like the idea of Margarita Lake water leaving the watershed in a pipeline for Camp San Luis Obispo. The court would side with the Army and City of San Luis Obispo.

10-9 The U.S. approved of a coup d'etat ousting the President of Panama Arnuflo Arias. He was said to be pro-Nazi. Arias fled under an assumed name to Cuba.

10-12 Women and children begin evacuation from Moscow.
President Roosevelt asked to arm merchant ships.

10-15 Southern Pacific announces it will spend $97,000 to build a new stucco, mission tile type railroad station in San Luis Obispo.

The San Luis Obispo city council approved 10 additional street lights downtown. PG&E will install the lights and the city will pay for power.

Governor Culbert L. Olson reviewed 40th division troops at Camp San Luis Obispo.

A report from Japan quoted the Domei News Agency saying "no further protraction of current Japanese-American negotiations was prmissible so long as the United States continues its double-dealing — assuming a hostile attitude toward Japan on one hand, while diplomatically negotiating on the other."

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