The following are select items reported during this week in history from historical archives at the San Benito County Historical Museum:
Daniel Boone roots: Eleanor Boone — a descendant of Daniel Boone and niece of D. Eastman of Hollister — was appointed to the Army Nurses Corps.
Patriotic Picnic: It was announced a Patriotic Picnic would be held in June of that year.
American Legion members treated: American Legion members were to be entertained in the Grangers Union Hall on April 23 and the ladies reportedly had a treat for the members. Supposedly, there were a lot of chickens involved in the surprise, while dancing and games were to be part of the night’s entertainment.
Christian Church gets repairs: The local Christian Church in town was set to undergo an array of repairs in a short time, with the church putting in six additional Sunday School classrooms. The entrance was also to be changed from Seventh Street to Monterey Street.
Plaza Hotel transition: That same week, W.C. Buchta of San Juan and James Spangler of Hollister were set to acquire the Plaza Hotel in San Juan Bautista from Anthoine Taix Jr. The historic hotel was built in 1792, five years before Old Mission San Juan Bautista went up.
Also in hotel news, B. Bernstein announced the lease of the dining room and kitchen of the Hartmann Hotel, with Charles L. Hartmann expected to use as a store room. The dining room there was expected to be discontinued.
Unemployment Rate Hits 20 percent: It was announced that the county’s unemployment rate surpassed 20 percent, up from 18.5 percent at the start of the year.
Hollister Hills sale: The Harris Ranch sale of the Hollister Hills was ready to proceed, it was announced at the time. The state planned to buy the lower ranch of 2,400 acres and lease the 700-acre upper ranch.
Fremont School sale: It was determined that the Fremont School may be sold to the City of Hollister. The former school had been located near the current courthouse, while the classrooms were deemed too small for demand at the time.