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October 1, 2004
Oroville Mercury Register May 3 & 5, 1945

Oscar Maxwell Receives Wound
Pfc. Oscar L. Maxwell, son of Mrs. Helen Haliburton, Marysville Road, Oroville, has been reported wounded in action in the European area, according to an official announcement of the Office of War Information.

Johnny Voos Home From Pacific Area
Pfc. Johnny Voos of Sacramento is renewing friendships in Oroville while visiting friends for a few days. Before entering the army, he was employed by the Safeway Store here. Entering the service in October 1941, he has spent three years in the Pacific area with the 41st Division of the Infantry. He was in the Philippines before coming back to the states for 21 days leave.

Legion To Sell Red Poppies Here
Red Poppies, honoring America’s dead warriors of two world wars, will be on sale Saturday, May 26. The money that is received for the flowers will be used to aid the afflicted veterans and their families. Volunteer workers from the auxiliary of the American Legion will be on the streets throughout the day, vying with similar workers for the Veterans of Foreign Wars who will also be selling poppies. The flowers are patterned after the wild poppy of Flanders. The Legion poppies have been ordered from Livermore where disabled veterans made them, keeping their fingers and minds occupied, helping to pass the time away and at the same time furnish themselves with a means of livelihood.

Clothing Car Ready To Go
Ready to go, Oroville’s box car of used clothing and bedding last night stood waiting on the S. P. tracks for today’s shipment, about 4000 pounds short of the hoped for 20,000 pounds. Then a last minute contribution from Biggs and Gridley raised the collection far beyond the quota. Approximately 8000 pounds from those two communities brings the carload weight up to about 25,000 pounds, according to Will Chandler, local chairman. Emergency help recruited from the high school was necessary to sort and pack the many bundles of clothing, but by noon the dozens of workers at the Buick garage building had packed and loaded half of the new contribution.

Stu’s notes:
In October the Butte County Historical Society Book the “Diggins” will come out. James Lenoff has done an amazing article about some of Oroville’s Heroes I urge all my readers to get one of these booklets. Also if you are not already a member of this society, I urge you to join. For a small yearly dues you can get many benefits of this wonderful organization. This group has worked tirelessly for many years to save the History of Butte County. You too can get involved in a small way or join the really dedicated ones who meet every week to save our history. Their address is Butte County Historical Society, P.O. Box 2195, Oroville, CA 95965. John Voos, a friend of mine for a long time has more to tell me. I hope he will soon, heroes are very shy. In the World Book Encyclopedia and “Punch” Magazine I found that Flanders is in North Europe, during WWI a Canadian physician and soldier John McCre wrote the poem “In Flanders Field” The second stanza of his famous poem is “We are the Dead, Short Days ago We lived. Felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders Fields. All should read this poem and reflect on the supreme sacrifices that those before us have given. 116,708 Americans died in this war, 7 or 8 were from Oroville.
Mark your calendars! Saturday, October 23, 2004, noon to 3:30pm “Help those who help you” a Spaghetti Dinner by the Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee and Show by Patti Meyers. The cost will be $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Patti has collected many great prizes for our raffle and door prizes. It will be at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 2374 Montgomery Street, Oroville. The Monday Club has very generously offered parking on their lot. It is a fund raiser for the new Oroville Veterans Memorial Park. Emcee: Butte Country District Attorney Mike Ramsey. Tickets will be available soon!