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December 31, 2004
Oroville Mercury Register May 25, 1945

PLAY BINGO at Memorial Hall, Mon., May 28 (and Every 2nd and 4th Monday) At 8 P. M. Benefit Of Returning War Veterans Sponsored by Oroville Post No. 1747 Veterans of Foreign Wars

Battle Trophies Will Be Shown
Some of the many trophies sent home from the German battle fields, including the large Swastika flag taken from one of the public buildings in Coblenz, will be on exhibit at the Methodist Church Sunday morning after the morning service. John Lucas will be in charge of the exhibit. Service men are cordially invited by Dr. Mills to attend this Memorial Sunday service.

Sgt. Worrell Back After Years in China
T. Sgt. Wesley C. Worrell of the 14th Airforce has returned to the United States after about 27 months in China. He is at Camp Beale awaiting his furlough papers. On receiving them, he will visit his parents here, Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Worrell of Canyon Highlands.

Legion Units Hold Memorial Services
Annual memorial services were held by the American Legion and Auxiliary at a joint meeting in Memorial Hall last night. The ceremony under the direction of Mrs. Olga O’Brien, chaplain, and a staff of officers, included in the program a song by Mrs. Ellen Walker accompanied by Mrs. Bess Phillips. Taps was played in closing. After the memorial rites, the Legion initiated two candidates: Mrs. Doris Edwards, a discharged WAC, and James Rounds. Mrs. Carle Abshire, district president, was an official visitor at the Auxiliary meeting that followed. She was presented with a gift and corsage from the unit by Mrs. Florence Boyle. She responded with a short talk. Accompanying her to Oroville were her husband and Mr. and Mrs. G. Schab of Orland. Members were asked to attend the service at the Congregational church Sunday and plans were made to be on the streets Saturday to sell poppies. During the refreshment hour, the Auxiliary was hostess to the Post with Mrs. Florence Boyle acting as chairman of the committee. The Poppy Day program was held at the table with Mrs. E. C. Butler in charge. It included a reading by Mr. Butler; a song, “When the Poppies Bloom Again,” by Mrs. Walker and a poppy poem read by Miss Mary Deana Butler. A prayer closed the program.

Richvale News
Seaman first class Thomas Carlson of San Diego and Mrs. Carlson of Oakland arrived Tuesday to visit relatives.
Sgt. Chester Carlson of the armored division of the First Army with General Hodges called by telephone Sunday evening and talked with his mother, Mrs. Clarence Carlson, saying he had reached the States and expected to see her in the near future.

Stu’s Notes: On last weeks story about plane crashed around Oroville and that we should honor those who lost their lies serving our country. At the Christmas Program at the Southside Community Center, which Jim Mangus and crew put on a fantastic program for the kids, I talked to a few who saw some of these crashes. Skip Burdick and his wife Mary remembered one above Feather Falls and that all died. It was in the summer of 1956. Committee member Bill Fox also remembered this crash. On the crash that Thomas McManus recalled May 17, 1943, Arnold Dais thinks he saw this crash while walking down 10th Street in Thermalito toward Nelson Ave. What he saw happened over by Sugar Loaf (the Campbell Hills). If anyone know anything on airplane crashes around Oroville please call me. Mrs. Florence Boyle’s Friend died in WWI. The information is at the Pioneer Museum.