Back in 1930: the city plans an air show for the celebration of Armistice Day

This look back at the history of Paso Robles comes from the local newspapers in the collection of the Paso Robles Area Historical Society. News in this column is curated with the help of Corporate Vice President Nancy Tweedie and Research Director Jan Cannon.

Excerpts from the Paso Robles Spotlight of Thursday, October 2, 1930:

Director Kelker appoints show chairman and assistant for event, urges city for help

-Appointing GW Dunn, Atascadero Airport Committee Member, as Chair of the Paso Robles American Legion Armistice Day and Airport Committee, and Hanson Hathaway as Secretary of the committee, Dr. David Kelker, Armistice Day General Chairman, today began making the final plans for the successful staging of the aerial phases of the county-wide celebration here on November 11.

Both appointees have a track record of successful exhibition management. Both were instrumental in the development of the Newman Airshow last year, where 122 planes were focused on the ground for two days. Newman’s meeting was considered one of the most important in the history of state aviation.

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Calls for help

“The success of the Paso Robles show rests in a sense on the fate of aviation development in the county,” Dunn said today. “Citizens are invited to cooperate. Committees are only part of the program of arrangements. Without the moral support of the county, there is little they can accomplish.

“Paso Robles has another opportunity to show his progressive character. The committee urgently implores the fullest cooperation of all citizens. Suggestions are welcome and can be sent by mail or phone to the Spotlight office where the daily air show headquarters has been opened.

“If the show proves to be a success, it may be necessary to call on citizens to provide accommodation for airmen, military, naval and commercial, who will be the town’s guests for the day. We want to be sure of this and welcome the cooperation proposals.

Richmond helps

Taking the lead on Armistice Day from a community perspective, AL Richmond, manager of the Paso Robles hotel, agreed to designate his institution as the official aviation hotel for the day.

Plans are underway by hotel management for an airmen’s ball on Armistice night.

President Dunn, locked up with his aides today, was in the process of contacting military aviation executives and others, who will be contributing to the show.

Attendance opportunities for the proposed show were seen today in Dunn’s statement that Newman, population 1,500, attracted 10,000 people during the show held there.

Officer helps arrest trio, gold-plated case is clue used

A gold-plated cigarette case with a description in a meticulously prepared list of stolen items, compiled by Constable Herman Anderson, Paso Robles Police Officer, following the heist of the Mark Albert cigar store in the early days of this year, a trio of thieves linked to the ensuing crime on Monday. their confession in Los Angeles last week.

Arrested by officers in Los Angeles, the trio returned to part of their confession concerning the flights on the Central Coast, including that of Albert.

One of the men had a gold-plated cigarette case in his pocket. Anderson, in contact with Southern Police, referred them to his list. Upon checking it, officers identified the case. The burglars then made a general statement, admitting their complicity.

It was Anderson’s second triumph this year in a major affair. At the scene of Richfield’s oil theft, he detected a can of cleaning fluid spilled on the ground. He was informed that one of the two men holding the station had knocked her over. Working on the theory that the liquid could have stained the thieves’ clothes, he telephoned the police in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Two days later, alerted Los Angeles Police apprehended a pair of suspicious figures. On the pants of one of them, spots of white fluid appeared. The couple were charged with the Paso Robles heist and confessed.

“All in one day’s work,” Anderson commented today.

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About the Author: Journalist Jackie Iddings

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

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