Looking back: shots of boys’ school illustrated

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

Extract from the newspaper Paso Robles of Thursday, May 18, 1950

–The Cuban Room at the Paso Robles Inn was the setting on Friday night, May 12, for a dinner attended by 75 local members of the 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 keynote speakers for the evening. Dr. Fred Halterman, Professor of Economics, UC, Santa Barbara, and District 10 CSEA Regional Director, spoke briefly about the Association’s statewide affairs.

Carroll E. Hodson, Local President, introduced the speakers. Lewis gave a summary of the state’s construction plans for the new mental hygiene center in Atascadero. McKusick explained the latest developments in the construction plans for the Paso Robles School for Boys. His speech illustrated by a plan of land, drawn to scale, showing the location of the permanent buildings to be erected on the site of the boys’ school.

At the end of the first stage of construction, the Paso Robles boys’ school will have a capacity of 250 boys. Approximately $ 2 million will be spent on the construction of these buildings over the next two years.

According to Lewis, the Mental Hygiene Hospital will be a 1,200-bed hospital and is expected to be completed within the next two or three years. About $ 8 million has been set aside for the construction of this hospital.


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This “Looking Back” view of the history of Paso Robles comes from one of the hundreds of local newspapers in the Paso Robles Area Historical Society’s collection. Several local newspapers, dating back to the 1800s, reported on local, national and global events, providing invaluable historical views of our community that are not available from any other source. The Historical Society is seeking community support for the Staged Newspaper Preservation Project to help fund the transfer of these aged and fragile pages to microfilm and digital images.

The photograph of the old newspapers is by Gigi Greene. News in this column is curated with the help of Company Vice President Nancy Tweedie and Research Director Jan Cannon.

The Paso Robles Historical Society is located in the Paso Robles History Museum at 800 12e Street in downtown city park. Visit the Paso Robles Historical Society website for more information on exhibits, research, membership, volunteerism, or donation.

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

About the Author: Journalist Jackie Iddings

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


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