National Geographic : 1942 Jan
San Diego Can't Believe It towns-such as No gales, Yuma, El Paso, and Laredo. About 75 percent of the early settlers were from the South and from New England; the Middle Westerners didn't come in large numbers till years later. In early days, too, we drew a very colorful and adventurous class -gold miners, English sheep men, cowboys, miners, ex-sailors, soldiers, and men off the whalers." "What did you sell in those days?" "Sugar, coffee, flour, bacon, tobacco, boots, shoes, tools, clothing, wild-animal traps everything settlers wanted. We got but ter in big rolls, packed in 4-foot boxes. "Canned goods were then almost unheard of and so, of course, was cold storage. Boats brought our goods from San Francisco be cause for years we had no railroad. Some early traders here bought wool, hides, gold dust, and bullion, and shipped them to San Francisco." "How about early- Major L. I. Cooley, C. A. C. "Yes, Son, It's a Lot Bigger Than Your Air Gun!" At Camp Callan, Coast Artillery Replacement Center, Commanding General Francis P. Hardaway explains to a fellow officer's son just how a 155 mm. gun is loaded and fired. day rents?" "I paid $35 a month for my store-and later saw the same site renting for $2,000 a month." "Did you advertise?" "In a crude way, yes. I think my first year's bills were about $200. Now the Mar ston store may spend $100,000 a year. On one good day, our sales may be three or four times what I used to take in during a whole year." "How is San Diego affected by the advent of this huge naval base, and all these growing army camps?" "Well, any city that suddenly finds its population increased by, say, 33 percent, is bound to face new problems. But we've weathered other booms, and panics, too. "I've seen the town grow steadily, despite bad setbacks, for 72 years; I think it will keep on growing. South of us lies the vast, and as yet almost empty, peninsula of Baja California. "It's the same kind of dry, undeveloped country this used to be. Some day it may suddenly gain population-and that will react on us." "Zoo Lady" Bosses 3,000 Birds, Beasts, Reptiles Noah could fill another ark at San Diego's zoo. Jungles, turned upside down, have fairly dumped their grunting, growling, and some times dangerous denizens into this one big but happy family.