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Looking back: Paso Robles welcomes 1946 with orderly celebration 

Click here to read the full front page of the Wednesday, Jan 2, 1946 Paso Robles Journal.

Excerpt from the Paso Robles Journal, Wednesday, January 2, 1946

Paso Robles welcomed the new year with an assortment of noises, horns honking, bells ringing, shots and cheers and one group of young people at least was heard saying good-bye to 1945 by singing “Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot.”

There were many quiet home gatherings as well as dancing at the American Legion hall and an invitation dance by the El Camino club at the Inn.

The more serious minded citizens attended the revival services at the Methodist church.

Movie fans saw the dawn of a new year at the T. & D. midnight show amid a welter of noise and fun.

Police report a quiet night despite the fact that Monday was pay day at Camp Roberts.

The greatest activity of the evening was at the USO where GIs and their wives and sweethearts were royally entertained and where many citizens worked to make the occasion one of good cheer to the boys at camp.

Hundreds of service men passed through the doors and those in charge of the entertainment declare it was indeed a gala night.

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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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About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

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