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December 5, 2003
Veterans Memorial update: There will be a design workshop on Tuesday, December 16 from 6:00pm-7: 30pm at the Oroville Veterans’ Memorial Hall located at 2374 Montgomery Street, Oroville. Butte County is conducting a study to determine the feasibility of developing 3 parcels located adjacent to the existing Veterans’ Memorial Hall on Montgomery Street in downtown Oroville. The development would include a Veterans’ Memorial Park and construction of additional parking to serve both the existing Veterans’ Hall facility and the downtown commercial area. The Design Workshop on December 16 is the second of two public workshops. On November 20th a public meeting was used to collect input from interested groups, neighbors and County residents. The input was used to help develop goals and objectives, and prioritize project elements. The following items will be discussed at the December 16th meeting: Information regarding land acquisition, goals, objectives and prioritized project elements for the Veteran’s Memorial Park, additional parking, project costs and phasing. Input from all interested persons will be appreciated.

Oroville Mercury Register April 3rd, 1945

Cpl. Neithel G. Owens is visiting his father, J. C. Owens, of Feather Falls. He has just returned to the United States after serving 35 months, almost three years, with the U. S. Infantry as a radio technician. He has a rating of Technician 5th grade. Owens entered the army about four years ago and has seen action in many parts of the pacific area. He has been in Australia and New Guinea. Before entering the army he was employed by Feather River Pine Mills.

A-C Glenn Biggs has returned to his base at Selman Field, Monroe, La., after spending a week at his home here. He is in his final phase of training for navigator. Biggs is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Biggs of Thermalito. He graduated from Marysville High and attended Yuba College. Before joining the cadets, he was employed as an aviation mechanic. Two of his brothers are also serving in the armed forces of their country.

Pat Richards is a staff sergeant with the 104th Infantry known as “The Timber Wolves.” They were the first to cross the Roer River. They captured Cologne. Sgt. Richards went overseas last August. He has been in combat at Antwerp in Belgium and went through Holland into Germany. Before entering the army in January of 1944, he operated the Chrysler agency and service station. He was a member of the State Guard and held the rank of lieutenant.

Stu’s notes: I talked to Art Wells of Chico, author of a book about Duwks (I will get the name of the book on Sunday and let you know next week). I always see him December 7th at the Gridley Fair Grounds. Art was a Marine during WWII and was quite involved with the Army Duwks used in the invasion of many far off Islands in the Pacific. We will meet there at the Memorial Flagpole in honor of Pearl Harbor and those who lost their lives on that day. Well over 2,000 men and women. The ceremony always starts at 9:55am, the time it was in California when the first bomb and bullets fell out of the peaceful blue sky on that Sunday morning 62 years ago. The public is invited. There will be about 20 or so Pearl Survivors and their wives. Each year there are a few less of them. Although a few new people come to the ceremony. All are now 80 years old or more. A 17-year-old Gridley boy has the designation as being the first to fall. His name is PFC Warren McCutcheon. We did a story on him and his family, December 13, 2002. He died on the USS Maryland.