January 20, 2006
Oroville Mercury Register February 26, 1944
Backward- from the files of the Mercury and Register
TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
tax slogans of 1919: “You stand up for the National Anthem, now
stand up and pay your Income tax; “If you didn’t serve over there
you can serve over here by paying your income tax”; “There were
no delinquents at Chateau Thierry: don’t try to fool your conscience
by cheering the returning soldiers and forgetting to pay your income
tax, an income tax evader hasn’t much on any of the other pro-Germans.”
Mercury Register June 24, 1944
McKibbin Gets Rude Shock
Reading Scrap From Newspaper
Cpl. S. D. McKibbin,
son of Mr. and Mrs. L.
J. McKibbin of Montgomery street, is anxiously awaiting
a letter from his parents to reassure him of his mother’s safety.
On May 13 in a corner of a mess hall in England, McKibbin found
one page of “The Daily Sketch” a London newspaper, in which appeared
a brief item telling of the Union Hotel fire. McKibbin’s mother
had been employed at the hotel and her letter telling her son about
the fire had not reached him at the time. He wrote home immediately
saying in part: “I’m taking it for granted that Mom wasn’t damaged.
We McKibbin’s just don’t get into such things. Especially
Mom, she is extra lucky.” In another part of his letter, McKibbin
tells of the scarcity there of some items. “Soap is rationed
at one bar a week; cigarettes, seven packs; candy, two bars; and
another item, one roll a week for each tent of six men.’ McKibbin
sent Mothers Day greetings to his Mom. He apologized for not
sending a card or gift that the people there apparently did not
observe Mothers Day and the lack of advertising had caused him to
forget the day. McKibbin has been in the service for about
a year, and in England for only a short time.
THREE BARNES BROTHERS SERVE IN ARMY, NAVY
sons of Mr. and G. E. Barnes
of Quincy Road are in the armed forces.
a technical sergeant, is an armament electrician with the army air
corps, stationed in England, as one of the men who made possible
the pre-invasion bombing raids on the French coast. Barnes,
who has been in service since October, 1942, has been overseas since
last September. He was graduated from Oroville high school
in 1941. He played in the school band. Before entering
the service he worked in Barney’s Market, where he was in charge
of the vegetable department.
Cpl. Gerald J. Barnes
is in the army air corps, stationed at Yuma, Ariz. He enlisted in
July, 1942, but was not called until February, 1943. He was
graduated in 1939 from Oroville High school where he was a corporal
in the cadet battalion. When he joined the army he was assisting
his father in the management of Barney’s Market.
Seaman 2/c, was drafted into the navy Feb. 28, 1944. The
seagoing side of the family was assigned to a cooks and bakers school
at Puget Sound. He also worked at the market before going
into the service. He is a former Oroville High school student.
Stu’s notes: In that Union Hotel fire, five died, among
them Pfc. Morris Tims.
A young soldier from Camp Beale, so far from his Tennessee home,
he chose to spend his two day pass in our town. He had a date
with an Oroville girl, and died alone that night. It was probably
murder as it was most surely an arson fire. Oroville soon
forgot him, but never again. Our
Tookie Miles tells
me that she had a teacher,
Mrs. O’Brian at Thermalito
School for the 5th or 6th grade in the late 30’s. Could this
be the lady who later was principal and who lost her husband in
WWII? Committee member and our master of our web, Daryl Autrey
tells me more and more information that he finds on the web about
our plane crashes at our Oroville Airdrome during WWII. It
utterly amazes me that this slowly unraveling story that we are
finding is true. How could this be? They lived
and flew from here and died for our country. Then they were
forgotten, not a marker, stone or memorial. Some died
here as they flew by. In Europe, many places when our airmen
fell from the sky and died the town’s people would erect a monument
in their honor. Why we in Oroville have not done this I don’t
know. But we will. At our January meeting, (by the way
we have met every 3rd Monday in 6 different years now, we have not
missed one) we voted to spend the money and find the “rest of the
story” as best we can on these airmen. With this information
and what little information I find in the old Mercury’s and bits
of information from Oroville’s old timers we will. Hopefully
we can find relatives of the young brave men who took to the skies
so bravely in a plane that was known to be difficult to fly.
Soon we will need the help of the people of Oroville, the clubs
of Oroville and the businesses of Oroville to show the world that
Oroville cares. Do you want to be apart of this Great Memorial that
we are building? We need money now to get this Memorial going.
We are at war, please pay your taxes. Write on your return,
“Please use this money to better protect our troops.”