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Looking Back Paso Robles

Click here to read the full front page of the Thursday, May 18, 1950 issue of the Paso Robles Leader

Excerpt from the Thursday, May 18, 1950 Paso Robles Journal

–The Cuban Room at the Paso Robles Inn was the setting Friday evening, May 12 for a dinner attended by 75 members of the local chapter of California State Employees Association, their families, and friends. Morgan Lewis, Supervising Construction Engineer, Department of Public Works, Division of Architecture, and Paul J. McKusick, Superintendent of the Paso Robles School for Boys were the principal speakers of the evening. Dr. Fred Halterman, Professor of Economics, U.C., Santa Barbara, and Regional Director of District 10 CSEA, spoke briefly on state-wide Association business.

Carroll E. Hodson, president of the local chapter, introduced the speakers. Lewis gave a resume of State building plans for the new Mental Hygiene facility in Atascadero. McKusick explained the latest developments in the building plans at Paso Robles School for boys. His talk illustrated by a plot-plan, drawn to scale, showing the location of permanent buildings to be erected on the Boys School site.

At the end of the first stage in building the Paso Robles School for Boys will have a capacity of 250 boys. Approximately two million dollars will be spent in the construction of these buildings during the coming two years.

According to Lewis, the Mental Hygiene Hospital will be a 1,200-bed hospital and it is expected that it will be completed within the next two or three years. Approximately eight million dollars has been set aside for the building of this hospital.

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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.

Photography of the old newspapers is by Gigi Greene. News for this column is selected with the assistance of the society’s Vice President Nancy Tweedie and Research Director Jan Cannon.

The Paso Robles Historical Society is located in the Paso Robles History Museum at 800 12th Street in Downtown City Park. Visit the Paso Robles Historical Society website for more information about exhibits, research, becoming a member, volunteering, or donating.

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



About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a contributing reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.