April 14, 2006
Oroville Mercury Register January 10, 1944
Barbara Carlin Troth Announced: Lt. James Ward Is Groom-Elect.
By Naomi Cazier
The engagement of Miss Barbara Ann Carlin, daughter of Mrs. Harvey
Breedlove of Oroville, to Lt. James J. Ward, son of Mr. and Mrs.
James A. Ward of Melrose, Iowa, was announced at a prettily arranged
tea Saturday afternoon at the Breedlove home on Palermo Road. Miss
Carlin, a graduate of the local high school, class of ’43, is majoring
in nursing at Yuba Junior College, Marysville. Ward, whose father
is the Melrose, Iowa, postmaster, is one of three children in the
family, all members of the armed forces. His sister, Loraine C.
Ward, is a lieutenant to the Army Nurse Corps, stationed at Fort
Ord. His brother Capt. Richard F. Ward is in the infantry division
at Ireland. The groom-elect attended public schools in Iowa and
majored in chemical engineering for two years at Iowa State College,
Ames, Iowa. He enlisted in the service in November, 1942, and is
a pilot stationed with the 400th Fighter Squadron at Oroville Airdrome.
The “secret was out” when guests received tiny scrolls, tied with
white satin ribbons and inscribed, “Barbara and Jim.” Little Jerry
Ann Binda, cousin of the bride, held the sweet pea-lined basket
of scrolls. The small girl was attractive in pastel-green formal
length taffeta, with a gardenia in her hair. During the afternoon,
Miss Carlin received greetings by long distance telephone from her
grandmother, Mrs. Laura Binda, and from her aunts, Mrs. Neil Laughlin,
Mrs. Ray Glenn and Mrs. George Gleghorn, all of San Francisco. The
attractive group of young women who assisted in serving during the
tea included: Mrs. Alva Mitchell, Mrs. John Williams, Miss Marjorie
Helton, Miss Ramona Rystrom and Miss Ethel Stover. Others assisting
the hostess were her sister, Mrs. J. W. Rombach and her sister in
law, Mrs. Frank Binda, Mrs. Frank Dias, Miss Winifred Kowallis and
Miss June Thompson of Vallejo.
Thermalito Navy Man Takes Kansas Bride
Recently back in the United State after the latest of three trips
made across the North Atlantic, Albert Earl Baker, radar operator
3/c of the U. S. Navy took as his bride Dec. 4, the former Betty
Ohlhausen of Pittsburg, Kan. The new Mrs. Baker is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Ohlhausen. The marriage took place at the
home of the bride’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George L. Green of
Barton County, Mo. Baker, the son on Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Baker of
Thermalito entered the navy Dec. 7, 1942. He is the grandson of
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Baker, and Mrs. C. A. McCloud of Oroville.
Oroville Mercury Register August 10, 1944
OROVILLE BOYS MEET AT NEW GUINEA FRONT
Corp. Kenneth Richter U. S. amphibian engineers, and Corp.
Wm. Pigg, U. S. field artillery, recently swapped yarns near the
front battle lines in New Guinea. Through a mutual friend they discovered
one another and learned their bases were only two miles apart. Richter,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm Richter of Wyandotte, wrote his parents telling
of the meeting. He has been in New Guinea since 1943. Pigg, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Geo W. Pigg of B street, in a letter received this
week by his parents, said that he hoped to be eating Christmas dinner
with the family back in Oroville. He has two sisters, Mrs. Parkes
Totman and Mrs. George Wiley, both of Oroville. He said he was hoping
to get a furlough to Australia after a long time in the jungle foxholes.
Pigg had been overseas for three years last November. He paid high
tribute to the infantrymen whom he saw taking the brunt of things
in the New Guinea Jungles. He said the infantry men should get all
the medals. If rumors were right, Pigg wrote, the war was heading
into a finale.(The rumors as we now know were wrong, another
year passed before the end.)
Stu’s Notes: Those Fly boys kept coming to Oroville and taking
our pretty girls away, well it was up to a Thermalito sailor to
bring one back and Earl did just that. I have known Earl since we
both worked on Oroville Dam. What he did makes him a hero to me.
Shortly after his marriage he shipped out of Norfolk on the USS
Frankford, a Destroyer. Altogether he got to cruise around the Atlantic
for over two years as a radar man, he had to swear to secrecy as
radar then was brand new. He had to wear something that looked like
a penny in cardboard, which after so long would be sent to a lab
to see if he was “like” radio active. He also served on the Alden
DD 211, built in 1919, and the Destroyer Chandler. He was on convoy
escort and anti-sub duty. Once off of Gibraltar, German bombers
hit their convoy, a mail ship was hit and abandoned by its crew.
Earl and others went on board to put out the fire. Earl says they
got more pay if they abandoned ship. My brother, retired mailman
Larry, would have been proud. Through the years their little ships
braved some terrible storms. Earl still keeps busy managing the
Veterans Hall on Elgin & Lincoln Blvd. Look for the American & POW/MIA
flags and say a little “Thanks Guys” as you drive by. Earl’s son,
Earl Baker Jr. has given me stories on the Vietnam Veterans.
The last few years I became a friend of Bernie Richter, he had
so many things to tell. Most of all he said, “Stu you have to call
my brother Kenneth for a story.” Which I have yet to do, but after
finding this story I will.