March 21, 2003
Oroville Mercury February 17
SHE'S IN THE ARMY TOO! - AND HAPPY ABOUT THE WHOLE THING!
"They also serve who only stand and wait. Is cold comfort for the
American woman of 1945 whose fighting spirit and love for her country
make her look with longing eyes toward the battlefront where her
brother, husband, son or sweetheart is stationed. Her chance to
help is here! Besides her hours at the Red Cross, her work in a
cannery, on the farm, or selling War Bonds, she carries a ration
book in her purse-badge of an American housewife who is re- arranging
her menus to include less sugar, conserving gasoline by walking
instead of riding and stands ready to accept with a cheerful smile
other restrictions that are necessary to bring Victory. Hats off
to the lady --- she's in the Army Too!
For latest war developments on the home and fighting fronts,
read the ads and articles in your home newspaper-The Oroville Mercury.
Oroville Mercury February 1, 2 , 5 , 17 & 26, 1945
EDDIE ALIENS FAVORED BY ARRIVAL OF A SON
Pvt. Eddie Y. Allen and wife are the parents of a baby boy born
at Oroville Curran Hospital yesterday. They have named the Baby
Eddie Theodore. Little Eddie has a sister about a year and a half
old. Mrs. Allen is making her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
T.S.Claypool, in Thermalito, while her husband is serving in the
army over seas. The paternal grandparents live in Susanville.
KISTER GIRLS FLY TO THEIR DESTINATIONS
Miss Ruth Kister of the U. S. Marines returned to her base at Quantico,
Va., aboard a P-61. This is the new night fighter known as "The
Black Widow" and she was thrilled by her trip in it. They only traveled
at a rate of 200 miles per hour but the ship is capable of much
greater speed. They were grounded several times because of bad weather.
Mrs. Mariorie Noyes, another daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Kister,
also made the trip east by plane. She went by way of a commercial
airline and took 22 hours to reach Waynesboro, Pa., where her husband
KENNETH O'BRIEN IN COAST GUARD
Kenneth B. Obrien, Jr., enlisted in the Coast Guard at Sacramento
Wednesday and today was at Government Island, Alameda, for training.
Enlistment in the Coast Guard has been closed since February, 1944
and was reopened two weeks ago for a small quota. Young O'Brien,
who graduated from Oroville high school last year, has been attending
San Jose State College.
ENGASSER IS WAR PRISONER
Word was received today by Melvin Engasser that his brother, Sgt.
Norval A. Engasser,who was reported missing Nov. 17 is a prisoner
somewhere in Germany, Cards addressed to his mother, Mrs. Louise
Engasser of Woodland, formerly of Oroville, and to his wife, Mrs.
Catherine Engasser, were dated Nov. 27 and Dec. 3 but did not reach
their destination until this morning. The only word from the War
Department has been that he was missing in action. He wrote he was
well and hoped they would not worry. Engasser joined the army about
two years ago. He was a member of the 7th Infantry division known
as "The Rail Splitters" and had been sent to England, France and
was in Belgium at the time of his capture. Prior to his enlistment
he was engaged in the grocery business here. His wife is now staying
with her parents in Scott, Ark.
Stu's note: Norval is the Uncle of our well-known George Engasser,
who is involved in many community affairs in Oroville.