May 19, 2006
Oroville Mercury Register March 1943
HARRIS LEAVES SOON FOR SEABEE QUARTERS
Art Harris, former Oroville dairyman, leaves Tuesday for
Norfolk Va., where he will enter a training camp for the Seabees.
He enlisted in the navy recently as a fireman, first class, and
has received his orders to report. His wife, Mrs. Evelyn Harris,
will remain in Oroville where she is teaching in the elementary
While a good many are having trouble getting their pound or so of
meat a weak, Joseph May, 20, navy electrician, is getting steaks
so tender “you can cut ‘em with a fork”. May is in a navy school
in Minneapolis. Before he joined up he was an electrician’s helper
with the Western Pacific here. Mrs. May is staying with her mother,
Mrs. Margaret Fenley, on Hewitt Avenue. May was a student at Oroville
Union High School.
BILL ROSE ADVANCED, HIS PARENTS RECEIVE LETTER
The parents of Corporal Bill C. Rose, 18, who has been in
the Army for just three months, have received a letter from headquarters
of the 11th Armored Division in Camp Polk. Louisiana, stating that
Rose has been promoted to the grade of technician 5th grade (equivalent
to corporal). “In this splendid achievement both he and his family
can take just pride,” the letter states. The letter is signed by
Charles S. Kilburn, Brigadier General, U.S.A. Commanding. Young
Rose attended high school here for a year. During that time he won
two ribbons for art work at the state fair. He went into the tank
corps on his eighteenth birthday.
LOCAL MAN ADVANCED TO FIRST SERGEANT IN STATE GUARD
Oakland - It was officially announced today by the 9th Regimental
Headquarters of the California State Guard that a former Oroville
man had been promoted from the rank of sergeant to first sergeant
in the guard. He is John L. Frayne 53, who was formerly connected
with the United States Forest Service here until his enlistment
in the Guard in May of 1942. Previous to entering the forest service,
Frayne had served with the United States Navy and saw action at
Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1914 and in World War 1 enlisted with the
U. S. Army and saw service from April 1918 until April of 1921.
He is a graduate of the University of Montana.
Three More Oroville Men Report At Idaho Station
FARRAGUT, IDAHO - Three more men Lyle R. (Mac) Turk, Billy Zirkle
and Kenneth C. Fitzsimmons, from Oroville, Calif. have reported
for duty at the U. S. Naval Training Station here, for preparation
to fight our enemies on the seven seas. Their first few weeks in
the uniform of a bluejacket will be devoted to learning the fundamentals
of seamanship. Physical hardening will also be an important part
of the training, as the men of the fleet must be in peak physical
condition. Living in the mountains of northern Idaho, on the shores
of Lake Pend Oreille, they will soon be ready for further specialized
training in a navy service school or duty with the fleet at sea.
Turk’s wife is Mrs. Kathryn Turk on Third avenue, Zirkle is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy V. Zirkle, and Fitzsimmons is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Magerus, Route 2.
Stu’s Notes: I received a call about last weeks story about Jimmy
Koch who flew for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Marvin McLain, O.H.S.
Class of 1937, called me (as he has in the past) about our Hero’s
of long ago. Marvin tells me Jimmy was truly an American who was
in his high school class. He has lost contact and thinks he has
passed on. John Frayne served his country well.
I hope to see many of you out at the Memorial Day services on
Monday, May 29h at 11:00AM. It is held at the Oroville Memorial
Park Cemetery on Lincoln Blvd. After the service come to the First
United Methodist Church at 45 Acacia Ave for a Barbeque from 12
to 1:30. It is a fund raiser Barbeque with 25% of the profits for
our Veterans Memorial Park. It is $7. for adults, $3.50 for children.
The menu is BBQ Ribs, baked beans, potato Salad, Green salad, Egg
Rolls, dessert, punch and coffee. Remember this Saturday at our
Oroville Airport, the Experimental Aircraft Association is having
their annual open house. Over 10 years now. Model A’s, food, fun,
airplanes and me with some information on our project.
It won’t be long before we have a sign up on our lot. The one
we have with the City of Oroville, right next to the Boss on Montgomery
Happy Birthday Grandson Noah Fishkin, 2 years old today!