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September 24, 2004
Oroville Mercury Register May 1 & 3, 1945

Mrs. Hedge Honors Son and Daughter
A family dinner Sunday at the home of Mrs. Jas. H. Hedge in Thermalito honored the birthdays of her son and daughter, Miss Virginia and Benjamin (Bud) Stamps. Their birthdays are just a week apart. A feature of the dinner was the big birthday cake trimmed with yellow roses and garlands of yellow buds. Stamps, who is a gunner’s mate 2nd class in the navy, is home on his first 14-day leave. He was able to be home on Mother’s Day last year for one day. Stationed at San Diego, he has been a gun instructor in anti-aircraft at Pacific Beach. On his return to San Diego May 5, he expects to be assigned to overseas duty. En route to the south, he will visit with relatives in the Bay area. Miss Stamps is employed at the County Hospital. Both she and her brother attended Oroville schools.

Richvale News:
Marine Elzie McVey has arrived in San Diego from the Pacific after several years of service, where he has gone through several campaigns. He was formerly of Gridley and will visit his sister, Mrs. Arthur Lindberg and family after returning home. He has worked in this vicinity.

Cpl. Lewis E. Turner has been located in a military hospital in Europe. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Turner of Yankee Hill, were notified last week that he was reported missing in action over Germany since April 1. He is recovering from a wound received in that area at that time.

Pvt. Jose Bueno Of Palermo Freed
Pvt. Jose F. Bueno, son of Mrs. Eugenia R. Bueno of Palermo, has been liberated from a prison camp in Germany, according to an official announcement from the Office of War Information.

Stu’s notes:
It’s time to list those who have made Big contributions to our Memorial. One thousand dollar or more; The American Legion Post No.95, Gold Country Casino,(Gold Country Casino also has contributed much more in giving their time and other events. We just received over $400, from their Bingo Group, Thank you Tyme Maidu Tribe and Jim Mangus, who has helped us with his music more than once), Feather Falls Casino, Oroville Dam Cruisers and Stu and Lynn. The Lyons Club of Oroville gave $500. We have received many smaller contributions that are very welcome. Now for our Biggest Contributor, the wonderful taxpayers of California, who voted yes to build parks in our great state. We will receive $557,000 of this park money. (Don’t worry it is not in our bank account. It will go to the City of Oroville as they are the lead agency and will oversee and maintain Oroville’s Veterans Memorial Park). This money was passed through to the Memorial by the Butte County Supervisors, Feather River Recreation and Parks District and the City of Oroville. Thank-you. We are far from our Goal to finish our Memorial but we have a great start. Also we want to thank all those who have put in countless hours into our project. This is hard to see (behind the scenes hard work) But it is just as important as money.)
Benjamin “Bud” Stamps is a man who went on to build the Oroville Dam. He lost his life when a cat rolled over. The first Monument I helped build up on the Dam has his name on it. I had a good visit with Col.Ken Cordier, last week. After we had lunch at the Depot, I took him around to see the sites of Oroville. He was impressed by the size of our Dam. The next morning we met in Sacramento. He is a very busy man. He is very outspoken about the Presidential race and is very conservative. Very much in demand on Talk Radio and TV He, more than either presidential candidate has the right to speak out as he has served his time under unbelievable conditions. In Oroville politics were not even mentioned, as he was truly thrilled to receive his bracelet back from Joan Silverthorn.