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Looking Back: A snapshot of local support for WWI from Oct 1918 

Click here to read the full front page of the Oct 11, 1918 Paso Robles Leader

Editorial summaries from the Paso Robles Leader, Friday, October 11, 1918.

A Letter From Ben Kiler

Ben Killer, wrote a letter from Camp Fremont, thanking the T.F.B. Excelsior Lodge #126 for a “Smileage Book.” Kiler’s letter included mention of other local residents also stationed at Camp Fremont: “There have been a number of Paso Robles acquaintances here to see me. The Spargo boy who has just gone to Siberia; also the youngest Givens boy is just two rows of tents from my company.”

Woman’s Club in Action

The Paso Robles Woman’s Club met on Oct 8 and voted to contribute $36.50 to “care for one French orphan for one year in it’s own home” and to purchase another Liberty Bond.

Saturday Night Pandemonium Reigned

“Saturday was a very quiet day everyone was getting ready for a very quiet Sunday, expecting to be ready for a grand rush to go over the top during the coming week, showing the Kaiser and all his sympathizers that Germany would be shortly left in the maelstrom of the great rush of bond sales; but even if the people of Paso Robles and other places were awakened and spent gasoline freely and made a loud noise and showed their joy, the news of the following day did not follow up to the great point expected of the Germans laying down their war weapons etc. and giving up and quitting. Not so!”

Loosen Up, Turtle

“The Fourth Liberty Loan is the first item on the program of national war finance since the announcement of our intention to put five million men in France and finish the war next year.”

This advertisement, encouraging locals to purchase Liberty Bonds was donated by BELL’s Big Department Store.

Historical Note:  WWI ended on Nov 11, 1918, one month after this edition of the Paso Robles Leader was published.

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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. At least 18 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.

The Paso Robles Daily News is pleased to support this important project. Watch this space for future “Looking Back” articles.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.