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Way Back When in Santa Barbara -- 100 Years Ago

Way Back When in Santa Barbara -- June 28 1918

(Image: Wikimedia)

WAY BACK WHEN – 100 YEARS AGO TODAY – On June 28, 1918, the local paper announced the names of four Carpinteria men who were leaving to work in the spruce division of the American Aviation Corps (now called the Air Force).
Why spruce? Most World War I planes were made of spruce and linen.


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Way Back When in Santa Barbara -- June 25, 1918

(Image: Horseless Age magazine, May 1, 1917)
WAY BACK WHEN – 100 YEARS AGO TODAY – On June 25, 1918, the local paper reported on speeding problems in Santa Barbara: “‘The [East] Valerio Street hill, which seems to be the place most motorists select to test the speed of their cars,’ was too tempting for one driver. This motorist was nabbed by the SB Speed Officer for zooming down the hill at the illegal speed of 28 miles per hour. (The speed limit for most streets in 1918 was 15 m.p.h.)  Read More 
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Way Back When in Santa Barbara -- June 14, 1918

(Image: Santa Barbara Morning Press, June 14, 1918)
WAY BACK WHEN – 100 YEARS AGO TODAY – On June 14, 1918, Santa Barbara residents were chuckling over this cartoon in the local paper. Folks here really needed a good laugh after reading numerous depressing stories about the war in Europe.
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Way Back When in Santa Barbara -- June 2, 1918

(Image: Betsy J. Green)
WAY BACK WHEN – 100 YEARS AGO TODAY – On June 2, 1918, the SB paper announced that the local chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows would hold a meeting to greet the organization’s “Grand Patriarch” who was visiting this area. The meeting was held in the IOOF building at 15 East Anapamu. The group still meets in this building, and the next time you pass by, you can look up and see their logo -- three chain links -- displayed on the second floor of the building.  Read More 
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