November 15, 2002
Oroville Mercury Register January 20, 27 and 30, 1945
1300 POUNDS OF FAT FOUND
The recent waste-fat drive by the children of the three Oroville
schools netted close to 1,300 pounds of this essential article.
Bird Street school brought in the largest amount, the intermediate
grades there leading all others. The fat was taken to the schools
and from there was turned over to the Openshaw Market. They sent
it in the original containers to the Butte Tallow Co. in Chico.
From there it will find its way to the essential industries that
need it. The amount obtained in this drive was not as great as that
netted by other drives. This is thought to be due to the fact that
local surpluses have been used up and only current amounts are available
and also to the fact that housewives cannot buy as many of the commodities
that produce waste fat.
DON BARTLEY TO TAKE PRE- FLIGHT TRAINING SOON
A/S Don Bartley has returned to St. Mary's College after spending
nearly three weeks at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm.
Bartley of Thermalito. He will be assigned to preflight training,
probably in Oklahoma. His brother, Lt. JG Bob Bartley has been with
a destroyer escort on the Atlantic for a year. He has been acting
as a full grade lieutenant but has not yet received his official
rating. He has not been home for two years.
EZRA CALDWELL PROMOTED TO TECHNICAL SERGEANT
An VIII Air Force Service Command Station, England. The promotion
of Ezra E. Caldwell, whose wife, Mrs. Margaret Mary Caldwell, lives
at Route 1 Oroville, Calif., from staff sergeant, to technical sergeant
has been announced by the headquarters here where he is a non-commissioned
officer in charge of the officers personnel section and assistant
sergeant major. Prior to his entry into the military service January
28, - 1942 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky, he was a student at East State
Teachers "College,” Richmond, Kentucky. Caldwell has been stationed
in the European theater of operations since May, 1943. His parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Ir T. Caldwell, live at Dry Ridge, Kentucky.
HEARS FROM BROTHER
Mrs. Earl Turner recently received a cablegram from her brother
Harley J. Luke, who is a civilian prisoner of the Japanese interned
at Kobe, Japan. He was formerly employed at Guam. The state department
received the message which was dated Dec. 21 from the American Legation
at Bern, Switzerland through official channels as follows: Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year everybody. Fairly well, November,
received the Red Cross supplies, always greatly appreciate such
much needed gifts. All long for repatriation reunion with families
and friends. Mrs. Turner has also received word that her nephew
John D. Young has been reported missing in action in France since
Dec. 1. He was with a scouting expedition. Young is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. M.D. Young of Vallejo, formerly of Oroville and Chico.
He was a member of the National Guard while attending high school
Stu's notes: Hopefully in the future we will hear of a happy
outcome of John D. Young and that Harley J. Luke gets home safely,
over 40 percent of these prisoners did not. Mrs. Bartley was my
7th grade teacher at Thermalito Grammar School on Sierra Avenue.
She was a most wonderful person.