July 18, 2003
Oroville Mercury November 17, 1973 and May 12, 1955
GOLD STAR MOTHERS TO HAVE POTLUCK
At a recent meeting of Gold Star Mothers in Memorial Hall Mrs. Bertha
King, president, expressed appreciation to members and friends who
helped to make the benefit ham dinner a success. Mrs. Cecil Tieck
has invited the group of mothers and fathers to her home for a potluck
dinner May 18. Refreshment hostesses were Mrs. King and Mrs. Gertrude
Does anyone know about Gertrude Morningstar's son or daughter?
Was the street in Rancho Golden named after him or her? We
know that Golden Star Mothers lost a son or daughter in the war.
Obituaries James E. Pscherer
James E. Pscherer of Brereton Way died yesterday in an accident
in Fort Bliss, Texas. Funeral services will be held at the Trinity
Presbyterian Church 2350 Foothill Blvd. The Rev. James E. Bidderman
will officiate and interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery,
Arrangements are under the direction of Scheer Memorial Chapel.
Mr. Pscherer was born Jan. 26, 1952 in Omaha, Neb., and had been
in Butte County for 13 years. He was a graduate of Oroville High
School, attended Butte College and at the time of his death was
serving with the U. S. Army. He is survived by his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Ward Pscherer of the home address; a sister Mary Clare
Hasenkamp of Belgium, a brother, Steven of Redwood City; his maternal
grandmother, paternal grandparents; and two nephews.
Stu's notes: We know so very little about this young man who
lost his life over 30 years ago, Nov. 16, 1973, he would be about
50 now. Most of those young men from the Vietnam era are in there
50's and 60's now. Some like my Uncle, Marine Master Sgt. Paul F.
Shaner, who was in 3 wars, are in their late eighties. 58,000 will
be forever young. It seems so long ago but in reality it was only
yesterday it seems. Unless they lost a father or close relative
over there most people 35 and under have little idea what happened
In the words of Richard J Sisigalli, a former chief warrant officer,
Army Veteran, who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. "The war
in Vietnam should have been won. It could have been won if the politicians
had not failed miserably. For many Vietnam is over. But for those
who fought, it will never be over. We fought for the right reasons
and we did our job. We won the war. Congress lost the Peace ". From
"The American Legion " July 2003. Well spoken words, although James
R. Pscherer never made it to Vietnam, I'm sure he would have gone,
I don't know yet what took his life, but he died while in the service
of his country and deserves a place of Honor on the Oroville Veterans
Memorial For two years we have been looking for the names of those
that lost their life while in the armed service of our country and
had been in the Oroville High School District at sometime in their
life. I just found out about James from a long time friend Randy
Fowler. He had remembered that he thought he had died while in the
service. He knew him at Oroville High School. A phone call to my
high school teacher and friend, Mr. Rossas, got me the correct spelling
of James' last name, then a trip to the cemetery to get me the date
he died A phone call to long time friend Jan Rose Bales, who did
my research on WWI. By the next day she had found, at the library,
the obituary of James. The entire Oroville Mercury is on Microfilm,
I'm told back to the 1850's. A forgotten soldier is now not forgotten.
When I did the Memorial on top of the Oroville Dam for those who
died building it, I found a list of 21 names in the Oroville Mercury
Register. Through research we found 13 more. For the Veterans memorial
the only list of Oroville boys that died was for those from Vietnam,
which was on the Internet and it was far from complete. Nowhere
in Oroville seems to be a list as some have told me there should
be. But through research, word of mouth, we hope to honor all of
our brave young men. We couldn't find a story about young James
so all we know about him is what you read here. If you can help
in any way call me. Stu Shaner 533-8147.