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Dec 24

Cal Poly hosts navy flight school, World War II week by week

A naval flight school was announced for Cal Poly Dec. 17, 1942.

The December 17, 1942 edition of the Telegram-Tribune contained good news for Cal Poly.
The college had been threatened with closure at various times during its early history but now it had a war assignment. The U.S. Navy chose Cal Poly as one of 20 colleges with Naval Flight Preparatory schools.
A minimum of 600 naval cadets would come to San Luis Obispo for pre-pre-flight training.
The college would continue its primary educational mission but with many young men entering the service the institution welcomed the additional role.

Another story on the page said that there were over 4,000 applications for places to live in San Luis Obispo for the holidays as family members came to visit servicemen.

Helen Ferrell, head of USO Travelers Aid explained in the story:

Some people ask, ‘Why don’t these girls stay home,’ Miss Ferrell stated, but some of them are orphans and many of them are products of the depression and the only homes they know are the ones they make with their husbands.
When their husbands are called into service, their homes go with them and the girls are following to salvage a few weeks or months of happiness before they are “sent over.”
“These kids are noble,” Miss Ferrell said. Some of them give up $150 a month jobs to get along on $50 a month, half of which usually goes for rent. They wear slacks not because they like them better but because they are economical.
They make believe they’re not hungry and sleep late so they’ll need only one meal a day.
Many of them have no place to do their laundry and can’t afford to send it out so they do it up under the most difficult circumstance.

The names of twenty-five men, departed San Luis Obispo for the San Francisco induction center were listed.

Work on the water pipeline from the Salinas Dam was at a standstill, 60 percent completed due to wartime shortages.

The December 24, 1942 edition contained news from Oakland where a shipyard worker was killed when he tried to get a better view of a lunch hour Christmas party. A crowd gathered to sing “White Christmas” at the Moore Drydock company and Ernest Sanford, 38, climbed to a grilled runway beneath a crane. He grabbed a 400-volt high tension wire and could not release it until the power was shut off horrifying the crowd.

San Luis Obispo mail could be picked up at the post office, on Christmas Day. The office was finding it impossible to deliver all the parcels Christmas Eve and was planning to set out parcels in boxes.
Railroads handled the greatest passenger load in history according to a report from United Press.

Word came from Kalispell, Montana that the Flathead County Rationing Board would grant Santa Claus an unlimited gasoline card. He was expected to arrive via the new Alaskan highway.
The story contained no word on why Mr. Claus was bypassing Canada.

Santa won’t have to worry about gasoline rationing according to a Christmas Eve story from 1942.

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