December 9, 2005
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Oroville Mercury June 27, 1944
Miss Edith Burroughs Engaged to be wed to Seaman Ralph Gray
At a pretty luncheon attended by a group of close friends, tiny
parchment scrolls at each place told the engagement of Miss Edith
Burroughs to Seaman 2/c Ralph Gray of the U. S. Navy. The affair
was held Sunday at the home of the hostess, Miss Pat Bishop of Quincy
road. White satin ribbons tied the scrolls that told of the betrothal.
Gladioli and the table appointments carried out a maize and pale
green color scheme. Miss Burroughs is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Burroughs of Feather Falls. She is a graduate of Oroville
schools and is attending Armstrong’s Business College, at Berkley.
While in high school Miss Burroughs was secretary of the student
body during her senior year. She also achieved a life membership
in the California Scholarship Federation and was a member of the
YMCA Hi-Y Club. Before attending school in Berkeley, she was employed
at the Mercury-Register then the Western Oil Company and later at
the agriculture extension service. She is a past honored queen of
Job’s Daughters, past member of the Oroville Business and Professional
Women’s Club and the Oroville Girls Organization.
Seaman Gray is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gray of Chico, formerly
of Thermalito. He is a graduate of Oroville High School Class of
‘42, where he received his letter in basketball. He was an Eagle
Scout in a local troop. He attended University of California at
Berkeley after his enlistment in the naval reserve. Early this year
he entered active service and is stationed at San Diego. The couple’s
romance began while they were in high school and culminated in their
engagement while they were both attending school at Berkeley. No
immediate date has been set for the wedding.
Local Navy Man Composes Song
Richard Gambrel, seaman 2/c of the U. S. Navy will have the pleasure
next Monday night of hearing a song of his own composition played
and sung over a national network. Gambrel, who graduated from Oroville
High School in 1942, entered the service April 14 of this year.
He received his boot camp training in San Diego and was then assigned
to Texas A and M College. While in high school, Gambrel was pianist
for the Rotary Club. He has appeared on programs for many other
local clubs and is widely known here as an outstanding musician.
Word of his achievement in the song field was received recently
by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Gambrel of Montgomery street.
Gambrel was awarded a $25 war bond for his position, which will
also be entered in competition for a larger prize.
Mercury Register August 24. 1943
“Some Gave All”
Army Flyer Dies As Plane Strikes Hill
Two fighter planes were Circling to Land At Local Field
An army flyer, piloting one of two planes in routine flight from
Oroville airdrome, was killed at 9:21 p.m. Monday when his low flying
single-seater flighter crashed into a hill on the Carleton Grubbs
property about three miles northwest of Oroville. The name of the
flyer was withheld until officials at the field have assurance that
the next of kin have been notified. The crack-up came when the second
of an echelon of two fighters, circling for a field landing, swung
too low and hit a hill of about 250 feet in height, according to
the airdrome’s public relations officer. The pilot was thrown clear
of the plane which scattered wreckage over approximately three acres
and was a total loss. A recovered instrument panel clock showed
that it had stopped at 9:21pm. Gasoline, scattered by the crash,
caused a grass fire that burned about 15 acres. Although much of
the fire burned its self out, two fire trucks from the Thermalito
ranger station went to the accident scene. They were directed by
Ranger E. P. Biggs and Assistant Ranger Henry Gaub. The body was
taken to Nugent’s Funeral Home in Chico. Further investigation by
army authorities was proceeding today. The fire on the hill attracted
considerable attention in Oroville where many thought a large building
was on fire. The outline of the flames indicated even through field
glasses what seemed to be a large roof, burning at the eaves edges
Stu’s Notes: Lynn was at the computer waiting for one more story
to type. I was running around with a thousand thoughts going through
my head, I had just received an interesting new email from Daryl
Autrey about the plane crashes in the Oroville area. Army planes
from our Oroville Airdrome. I reached into a box and grabbed an
O.M.R. 1943, just by fate and there was the above story. A brave
young man dies here and is soon “Forgotten”. How could we forget,
we did, but never again. We will find the rest of his story, also
more on Dan Beebe Jr. He did serve his county, in the Merchant Marines.
You talk to one and they will tell you who’s the best. More to come
on Dan. The rest of the stories on our Oroville Heroes will take
many years. In fact they will never end. As our Service men and
women are making stories as I write. We are typing this on December
6th, Nick and I are planning to go tomorrow to honor the Pearl Harbor
survivors at the Gridley Fair Ground.