April 18, 2003
OROVILLE MERCURY February 24,1945
MRS. STAFFORD PROUD OF HER 4 YOUNG MEN
Mrs. Mary C. Stafford of Wyandotte Avenue has two sons in
the service and two grandsons. Pvt. Walter Stafford entered
the army more than two years ago. He was reported missing last November
but has since written that he is a prisoner in Germany. Before enlisting
he was employed at the Western Pacific roundhouse. Cpl. Alexander
Staffordenlisted in January 1943. He was born in Kansas and
came to Oroville about nine years ago. He was employed in agricultural
work in this vicinity and also as a mechanic. Pvt. Eurn Kilgo
is her grandson and the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kilgore of
this city. He was sent to the European area last summer and is now
convalescing in Tomey General Hospital at Palm Springs. He received
his military training in Georgia and attended Oroville 44 schools.
Another grandson is Claude W. Mitchell who is a fireman first class
with the U. S. Navy. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Mitchell
of Crane, Missouri. He started training at St. Augustus, Florida,
in January 1943 and later graduated from gunnery school. He has
been to North Africa, Gibraltar, Sicily, Puerto Rica and many other
Stu's notes: Boy what a patriotic family. We previously wrote
about Walter H. Stafford, Dec. 27, 2002. The Family of William
and Mary Bice Stafford. The veterans keep on coming from this family
up to 2003 and on. Family members tried to enlist in WWI but their
American Indian (Cherokee) status did not allow them to at the time.
According to Juanita Anglin to whom I have spoken to many times
over the last two weeks. I have known a lot of her extended family
members here in Oroville. Juanita (a Vietnam Veteran who dodged
more than one bullet over there) is the great granddaughter of William
and Mary. Her brother, Ron Anglin, just won 1st place at the Old
Time Fiddlers Championships. We all knew him as "Happy " in high
school. Another very good family friend of mine, Leonard Stafford,
and his brothers and sisters served our country well. I first met
Leonard when I was 8 years old; what fond memories I have of him
as we explored the wilds of Thermalito. He even pumped me all the
way to Chico and back on my bicycle. He being bigger, I got to ride
on the handlebars. Sad but his German born wife, Christa, just passed
away. Most of Leonard's many brothers served our country from WWII
on. One brother, Orval, served in the California National Guard
fighting the flood of 1955 in Oroville. In a jeep wreck he received
a heck of a bump to the head. Gordon Jensen, along with Larry Shaner,
drove the jeep. His mother Stella, Mrs. Stafford to me, married
William and Mary's son. She still lives in Oroville, what a lady.
She built their house here in Thermalito; fixed the phone lines
all over Thermalito when they fell down and raised all those Veterans.
You can see her along Meyers Street often pushing her wheel chair.
More on this amazing family. Cory Norman Kilgore fought in Korea,
his son Doyle fought in Vietnam. Barbara Brinker, great granddaughter
of William and Mary, is married to Sheridan Brinker who worked on
the Oroville Dam. Arlin helped build the new Memorial to the Men
Who Died Building the Oroville Dam; thank you C. C. Myers. Sheridan
also served in the Army and his son Ararat was a Marine in Vietnam.
Eura "Pete" Kilgore’s son, Dean, served in Vietnam. Barbara and
Juanita are planning a big family reunion June 21st at the Forebay.
Wow can you imagine the Veteran’s Stories that will be told there?