May 26, 2006
Oroville Mercury Register December 3,1945
Bettie Wallace Victory Queen
Finish Close Rotary Club Entry Comes From Behind
Bettie Wallace today became Victory Queen of Oroville. She bested
her nearest opponent, Nodeene Porter, by almost 200 votes in the
exciting finish that saw Oroville reach 57.1% of its E-Bond quota,
Bond sales Saturday, final day of the Victory Loan Queen Contest,
totaled $29,656.25, bringing the amount of E bonds sold in the drive
to $158,485 according to the announcement today by Don Hobbie chairman.
The final standings in the queen contest, as announced by a W. E.
Tooley, Chairman: Bettie Wallace-1539, Nodeene Porter – 1347, Ione
Anderson – 1293, Mary Lou Hocking -1170, Marion Filter -469 and
Marjorie Shore – 257. The total vote of 6242 represents the sale
of $117, 037.50. Before the queen contest started Nov. 12, Oroville
had sold $39,887.50 in E. Bonds. Miss Wallace, sponsored by the
Rotary Club will be credited with the victory and will compete with
the Victory Queens of Chico and Gridley for the county title. Butte
County’s Victory Queen will be given an expense-paid trip to San
Francisco to compete with other county queens for the state title.
The winning queen piled up 718 votes on the last day of the voting.
Miss Porter had the highest final day vote, but she was beaten by
Miss Wallace who had led the second place contestant in the last
tabulations Friday. Ione Anderson, the Lions entry, was credited
with 468 votes on the last day, slipping from the contest lead to
third place. Miss Hocking, the Elks candidate, piled up 551 votes
The two banks and post office were rushed Saturday during all of
their morning working hours. In the afternoon and evening, the State
Theatre, only bond issuing agent open after noon Saturday, experienced
an unprecedented rush of bond buyers who kept three people busy
until midnight filling out bond applications. Bond sales Saturday
were the largest of the drive, with sales amounting to more than
$15,000 higher than any previous day. Results of the queen contests
in Chico and Gridley were not known this afternoon.
Bettie wins county title over Chico Girl. Miss Wallace was unofficially
pronounced Butte County queen this afternoon when it was learned
that Chico had sold only $69,037 in bonds attributable to the queen
contest. This was 15.78% of the Chico quota. The winner in Chico
was Miss Donna Mitchell, who was credited with more bonds that the
other four contestants put together
Oroville Mercury March 28, 1951
Oroville Soldier Suffers Third Wound In Korea
Pfc. Theodore A Miland, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold M. Miland
of Palermo Road, was wounded March 12 while driving an ammunition
truck in the Korean war zone. His name was included today in a list
of California men reported as casualties. His parents said they
received a letter from him March 21, saying that he had been shot
through one foot but that he expected to return to duty in a month.
He was in a hospital in Japan. On the Korean front since last August,
he has been wounded three times, according to his letters to his
parents. The other two wounds apparently were superficial, and his
parents received no notification from the defense department. He
was wounded once in the mouth and once in the foot before his third
wound resulted in his being sent to a hospital. Miland was graduated
from the eighth grade in Feather Falls and attended Oroville high
school before enlisting in the Army three years ago.
Women too busy for Defense Jobs
BELLEAIR, Fla. (U.P.) The nation’s young women are too busy with
husbands and babies to take defense jobs, members of the National
Association of Manufacturers were told here yesterday. Ivan V. Lawrence,
vice president of the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co., said
the post-war spurt in marriages cut the supply of available girls
in half. He suggested factory day nurseries as an inducement to
get them back.
Stu’s Notes: I am always thrilled when one of my readers calls
about a story. This week it was an Oroville Veteran’s Memorial Park
Committee member, Joan Robertson, who called me. She told me that
Joseph May was her stepfather, and a very good one at that. Joseph
had quite an adventure in the Navy on a Sub-Chaser. Joan will write
me a story. She also told me that she talked to Barry Turk, son
of Lyle Turk, hopefully another story will come from him. Joan,
sister Jan along with Jan’s husband Bill, moved back to Oroville
in the past few years and have been great support for our Committee.
They are all hard workers. It seems like being wounded for the third
time would get you a ticket home, but young Pfc. Theodore had a
very important job. Getting the Ammo up to the front lines was most
important. Maybe America needs to go back to War Bonds, we could
then give our troops everything they need. The 3M company was way
ahead of the time, at least in ideas.