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Looking Back to 1950: Vine Street to get improvements, first baby born in new hospital 

Looking Back Paso Robles

This look back at Paso Robles history comes from local newspapers in the Paso Robles Area Historical Society collection. News for this column is selected with the assistance of the society’s Vice President Nancy Tweedie and Research Director Jan Cannon.

Excerpts from Thursday, January 5, 1950, The Paso Robles Journal:

Vine Street work awarded

Improvement of six city blocks goes to Valley Paving Company for $16,996.73 bid — work to begin in March

A resolution accepting the Valley Paving Company, Inc. of Pismo Beach, as the successful bidder for the improvement of Vine street between 4th and 10th streets was adopted Tuesday night by the City Council. The company’s bid, for the construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, was $16,996.73.

The Pismo Beach company has 25 days following publication of award notice to enter into a contract with the city and 15 days after signing the contract to begin work with the job to be completed 90 days after signing the contract.

A breakdown of the successful proposal, one of two bids opened by the Council on December 19 and referred to the Street Commission for consideration, placed the cost per running foot at $4.74, it was reported by Councilman A. Nye Thurlby.

Two other bids had been opened earlier by the Council but both were held too high and the work was readvertised.

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Breakdown of the Valley Paving Company’s bid follows: Grading, 3,667 L.F. at .835, $3,061.94; curbing and gutters, 3,753 L.F. at $1.75, $5,567.75; gutter only, 403 S.F. at .60, $241.80; cross gutters, 1.757 S.F. at .60, $1,054.20; and sidewalks, 18,972 S.F. at .32, $6,071.04. Totaling $236.25 inside 50 foot lot.

The resolution accepting the Valley Paving Company to perform the work was unanimously adopted by the Council with the exception of the vote of Councilman Steward Bryant who was absent.

Thurlby explained that as soon as the curbs and gutters can be placed, the city will put in paving which will not be assessed against the property. This work will be paid for by gas tax funds and certain city funds which have been budgeted for that purpose.

Before the resolution was adopted, new Councilman John Gerst asked to be brought up to date on the proposed work, explaining that all he knew about the improvement was what he had read in the newspapers.

City Coordinator Sid Tucker reviewed the history of the improvement program recalling that property owners owning over 50 percent of the affected property had protested the project at first but the objections had been withdrawn when the council assured them that the cost of the improvement would be less than $5.00 per running foot.

Editor’s note: $16,996 in 1950 is worth $190,601 in 2021.

Baby Ray achieves fame as first hospital child

First baby born in the new Paso Robles War Memorial District hospital and winner of numerous gifts from local merchants in noting the ocassion arrived here at 5:17 o’clock yesterday morning.

The baby, a 7-pound, 15-ounce girl, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ray 15 12 street, with Dr. Edward Blair in attendance. Named Kathleen Sue, the new arrival is the first child for the Rays who came to Paso Robles from Indianapolis, Ind. In 1946.

Gifts from local merchants included an automobile baby seat from Darnall & Hammons, a baby bottle sterilizer from Lou Wilcox, a year’s subscription to the Paso Robles Journal, a quart of milk a day for a month from Crescent Dairy, a full course dinner for the parents from the Hot Springs Hotel, a gallon of paint, a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Oil and Powder, a free oil change and grease job for the family car and a bouquet of flowers for Mrs. Ray.

Dr. Blair also gave the Rays a 20 percent discount for his services.

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About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

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