September 27, 2002
Oroville Mercury January 4th, 8th and I1th, 1945
CAPTAIN R. H. KINGDON IS NEW YEARS' VISITOR
Word of the safe arrival of Capt. Richard H. Kingdon in Orlando,
Florida was received here Saturday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
R. H. Kingdon of H Street, Oroville, Capt. Kingdon was a surprise
visitor at his parents' home for New Year's Dinner. He had arrived
by plane from his station in the Philippines in San Francisco
on Dec. 31. After a few hours with his family he returned
to the Bay City that evening and boarded a plane for Florida where
he will take a five week course in communications with the Air Corps.
Following his completion he will spend a Thirty-day leave before
returning overseas. He is a graduate of Oroville Union High School
and went to Chico State College before enlisting in the U. S. Army
Air Corp. in the Spring of 1942. He was in New Guinea, for two years
before going to the Philippines last October. Captain Kingdon,.25,
possesses a "Presidential Citation" and four bronze stars. He belongs
to the 5th Fighter command.
T.C. PATTISON IS NEW YEAR'S VISITOR
T. C. Pattison, fireman 1-C U.S.N., has reported back to his base
in Oakland following a New Year's visit with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. C. R. Pattison at their home on High Street. Pattison recently
returned from the South Pacific.
COUPLE PLAN TO WED; TO NAME DATE LATER
Among the last local social affairs to be held in 1944 was the engagement
tea given for Miss Marilyn West, whose marriage to Pvt. Walter F.
Mitchell, is in the offing. Miss West is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. M. J. West of Las Plumas. Mitchell is the son of Mrs. E. F.
Mitchell of Oroville, and the late Mr. Mitchell. No immediate date
for the wedding has been set. Mitchell is in the Air Corp Troop
Command. He is attending radio school
at Warrensburg, Mo.
RECREATION CENTER IS PRAISED BY CAMP BEALE
The Recreation center entertained over 300 service men and hostesses
Wednesday evening with dancing and refreshments. The group from
Camp Beale were in charge of Lt. Robert R. King and men from the
Chico Army Air Field were in charge of Cpl. M. Shields. During dancing
Intermission homemade cakes donated by the hostesses and women of
the community were served by the Red Cross Motor Corps in charge
of Miss Alma Ghianda. L. A. Casagrande's "All Star" orchestra furnished
the music. Mrs. R.W. Freitas, center hostess, was in charge of the
hostesses. A. L. Scott, director, made public a letter from Lt.
Col. McNeill, executive officer, and Col. Geesen, commanding officer
of the personnel replacement depot at Camp Beale, stating their
sincere appreciation for the successful efforts of the Oroville
center in providing good clean entertainment for the enlisted men.
They said that the Oroville dances had established an enviable reputation
among the men to the extent that there was ordinarily a waiting
list, and that headquarters showed its interest in the matter by
making an exception and providing transportation for men attending
the Oroville recreation center.
Stu's Notes - I worked for Alma Ghianda and family, Joe, Edna,
Norma and Rudy on their ranch and winery in Thermalito for six years.
They were some of the nicest people 1 knew. Rudy served in the U.S.
Army during this war.