Retrospective: compilation of the agricultural products of Paso Robles, 1911

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Excerpts from the May 31, 1911 issue of the Paso Robles Leader

Product Compilation

The department is today in the process of development, which for several years has modified the character of its exports. Large ranches, once devoted almost entirely to grazing or growing grain, are now being cut up and used for dairy purposes.

Cereal production has fallen in recent years, while dairy products have increased proportionally, as shown in the following report:

Wheat – One million bags on an assessment of 250,000 seeded acres; correct seeding under summerfallow will yield 12 ½ bags per acre.

Barley – Two hundred and eighty thousand bags on an estimated 100,000 acres sown.

Beans – Quarter of a million bags on the assessment of 20,000 acres sown.

Livestock – Over one and a quarter million dollars paid annually for exported livestock.

Butter – Four million pounds on the assessment of 25,000 cows.

Eggs – 180,000 cases per year; a new industry, not yet fully nor well developed.

Poultry – More than 100,000 books per year, mainly destined for the exclusive markets of San Francisco; company just in its infancy.

Apples – A new industry on land that now costs 1 to 8 times the cost of that near major cities; superb climate; no irrigation; fine, firm, juicy fruit that keeps well; no tartar or burning; won 8 of 10 prizes entered at the annual Apple Fair in Watsonville in 1910. The Imperfect Pack lost only the other two prizes; won the world medal at the St. Louis Exposition. About 750 acres now planted; average of 200 pounds per tree at 2 cents per pound net.

Pears – Also new industry; excellence has just been proven; buyers pay $45 per ton fob and provide packing boxes.

Almonds – Also not yet developed, but wonderful value and future possibilities; about 300 acres on $30 to $35 an acre lot. A 21-acre orchard produced 15 tons, selling for $190 net per acre. An additional 180 acres produced 18 tons of almond meat sold at 29 cents a pound and 17 tons of almonds at $280 a ton.

More news of the day

  • Paso Robles had a surprise visit from Governor Johnson, accompanied by his wife, son, and wife who came to Paso Robles in their car and checked into the Hot Springs Hotel.
  • Friends and family have mourned the untimely and unexpected death of 22-year-old Miss Mary Wiebe, apparently from ptomaine poisoning.
  • Several local kids ranging from first to eighth grade got their names in the newspaper to be on the honor roll.
  • August Zimmerman announced that he had installed a new machine for making and repairing boots and shoes. He intended to run the machine in his Park Street store on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Creston News

Two Creston farmers, Mr. W. B. Bayles and Mr. George Sturgeon set up pumping stations to irrigate their crops. Mr. Bayles intended to irrigate alfalfa. Mr. Sturgeon intended to irrigate strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

Do good

Gus Herman, a young and robust German who came here about three years ago. Was sent by a friend to look after a place he owned near Creston. Gus only had $65 when he came to Creston, but he got to work and soon he was doing good to a financier as well as a good farmer.

This year he has put a large acreage in potatoes, which offers a price to produce 75 bags per acre. He was told he couldn’t grow potatoes there, but the man thought differently.

He further says that one more harvest and he will go to Germany for a wife.


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This look back at the history of Paso Robles comes from one of hundreds of local newspapers in the collection of the Paso Robles Area Historical Society. Several local newspapers, dating back to the 1800s, reported on local, national and world 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 multi-phase Diary Preservation Project to help fund the transfer of these old and fragile pages to microfilm and digital images.

The photograph of the old newspapers is by Gigi Greene. News for this column is curated with the help of the company’s Vice President, Nancy Tweedie, and Director of Research, Jan Cannon.

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

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 reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.


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