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Looking Back: 2,000 Tots Greet Santa Despite Rain 

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Excerpt from the Wednesday, November 27, 1946 Paso Robles Journal

Royal Reception Given Patron Saint of Christmas as He Parades Streets

Santa Claus may have been rained out some places, but he arrived in Paso Robles right on the dot and brought joy and thrills to the hearts of more than 2000 tiny tots who lined the down-town streets Saturday morning to welcome him. Even the sun came out for a few minutes as he came into sight.

A delegation of about 50 children were at the airport when Larry Anderson brought the Patron Saint of Christmas onto the field and a real reception was staged as Santa climbed out of the plane.

Fire Chief Maynard French was waiting the arrival with the big fire truck and Santa was brought to town in state with the siren blowing. Anyone who doubted the interest of junior Paso Robles was soon convinced as the children shouted a royal welcome.

After a visit to the various stores to see what they were offering in the Christmas gift line, Santa was the guest of the Hotel Taylor at luncheon with the committee in charge of arrangements, as well as members of the Dog House club.

Santa announced a return engagement here when he will be the guest of the Eagles Lodge at its annual Christmas party at the T. & D. Theatre on the Saturday before Christmas.

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This “Looking Back” view at Paso Robles history comes from one of the hundreds of local newspapers in the Paso Robles Area Historical Society collection. Several local newspapers, dating from the 1800s, have reported on local, national and world events, providing priceless historical views of our community that are not available from any other source. The Historical Society is seeking community support for the multi-phased Newspaper Preservation Project to help fund the transfer of these aged and fragile pages to microfilm and digital images. See the society website for more information about becoming a member or donating to any phase of this project.

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