Looking Back to 1930: Lack of housing in city is acute, say rental agents
Excerpts from Thursday, October 16, 1930, Paso Robles Spotlight
Oil workers influx sets precedent in demand for quarters
Need building—modern construction sought by prospective tenants as families come in
Marked revival of oil interests in the Paso Robles-Atascadero districts has resulted in a grave housing shortage. This is the gist of opinions made today by leading real estate men and women of the city.
To date, seventeen families, connected with the Continental enterprise at San Miguel, are seeking homes. With additional families to come in through a realignment of supporting interests of Upton well near Shandon, the situation was seen as acute.
Partial solution of the problem may be reached by the speedy completion of the Bell building, Thirteenth and Pine streets. All real estate persons interviewed today favored construction of a downtown bungalow court.
“There is no doubt in my mind that a bungalow court in the downtown section would be a paying proposition,” said G. Ellis Wiest, rental agent. “Paso Robles is facing a housing shortage and it must be met in some way. The increased interest in oil operations is bringing into our midst new citizens. These should be provided for since the possibility of establishing a well-defined oil industry here is not remote.”
Wiest asserted that he has had an average of ten calls per week for houses, with modern construction favored, indicating, he said, a profitable venture for builders.
Supporting Wiest is J.A. Pierce, prominent Paso Robles landholder.
“Without question, the city is facing a housing shortage,” Pierce said. “Construction of a centrally located apartment building would prove successful from a rental standpoint. The construction of the building at Thirteenth and Pine streets will aid materially in meeting the sudden demand brought about by an influx of oil workers and their families. Possibly more facilities will be needed as oil activity becomes general in the district.”
Modern construction is the thing, according to Mrs. Daisy Clifford, rental executive. Houses built to modern standards have found ready occupancy, she declared.
Paralysis cure experiment is success here
Paso Robles Hot Springs medical director and aide in triumph, cite Roosevelt
Patient recovers partial use of limbs after exercise in the therapeutic pool.
Following experiments with a therapeutic pool in Paso Robles Hot Springs hotel in which a paralytic lent himself to the experiment with partial recovery of the use of his limbs as a result,
Dr. Benjamin Cunningham, medical director of the Paso Robles Hot Springs Baths, and Gus Melgard, chief masseur, today were verging on a repetition here of the therapeutic pool idea, first sponsored at Warm Springs, Georgia, and made famous by the remarkable recovery from paralysis of Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, New York.
The experiment with the therapeutic pool has been going on for several weeks and has been shrouded in utmost secrecy. The patient selected agreed to put himself at the disposal of the operators.
Theory is sound
The theory of paralytic treatment, to be elaborated upon by Dr. Cunningham and Mr. Melgard is based upon the principle of human bodies displacing their own weight in water. The displacement results in motion with lessened effort. This principle combined water heated to body temperature briefly forms the treatment as discovered.
In the case of Roosevelt, he did not ascribe his recovery to the curative powers of the waters. Roosevelt accounted for his recovery by emphasizing swimming in body-temperature water. It was the exercise of swimming that gradually gave him back the use of his legs.
“Now that I have found what swimming has done for me under these conditions,” Governor Roosevelt wrote recently, “I am anxious to make it possible for other invalids to enjoy its benefits. The tremendous importance of mineral springs as curative agents has long been recognized in Europe.”
Swimming is aid
Recent investigations by the Georgia Warm Sprints Foundation has demonstrated that swimming exercises in tepid water will restore nerve force to paralyzed limbs.
According to Governor Roosevelt, the result of this investigation will lead to the general use of hot springs for the rehabilitation of the crippled and the helpless.
It was Governor Roosevelt’s experience that led Mr. A.L. Richmond, Dr. Cunningham and Mr. Melgard to promote the experiment here. Gratifying results attended the experiment. It was found that, following the warm springs procedure, partial restoration of limb power was possible.
The therapeutic pool experiments are to be continued the principals said today.
Read previous Looking Back articles
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