November 23, 2007
Oroville mercury Register November 1, 1957
In Service- Sherum R. Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Nelson
of Orange Ave., recently joined the Marines. After six weeks at
San Diego Recruit base he will take further training at Camp Mathews
and Camp Pendleton. He graduated from local high school this last
June. Nelson would like to hear from his friends and the mailing
address is, Private Sherum R, Nelson USMC, Platoon, No. 1012, Recruit
Training Base, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, 40.
Ads in the Oroville Mercury 1943
“Why my wife and I are going to work night shift in a cannery this
summer.” “First of all, we’re not working in a cannery just as a
patriotic ‘gesture’. We’re going to work pretty hard. Because this
cannery work isn’t child’s play. It’s an emergency. The crops are
ripening fast. The labor shortage is critical. Most important, the
Armed Forces have asked for about 60% of the entire California pack
of fruits and vegetables.”
Women take to the work very easily…find it somewhat like going from
their own kitchens to a larger one. The work isn’t glamorous, but
it is interesting, and above all, it’s vital. Child Care Centers,
under competent supervision, are available at or near most canneries.
Your children will receive proper care while you work. This is hard
to believe, but it’s true; one average day’s work you do canning
fruits or vegetables will provide enough servings to feed 1260 fighting
men. Work full-time if possible, work part-time at least. Who is
needed, Every man, woman and every boy and girl, 16 or over. Boys
and girls of 16 and 17 must have a Work Permit from their school
department. When. August and September are the “peak” months. Try
to work full=time if possible, part-time or on your vacation at
least. Every day counts. Kind of work—women. Women and girls work
mainly on a piece-work basis, sorting, peeling, cutting or canning.
Some jobs are paid by the hour. Men. Men and boys do general manual
and mechanical work and are usually paid by the hour. Hours. On
a normal straight time basis; 10 hours per day for men: 8 hours
per day for women, after which overtime rates apply. Adequate relief
periods. Meal period follows each 5 hours work.
1945 We Salute AWS The Eyes and Ears of The Army Air Force
August 1-7 has been set aside by the U. S. Army Air Force, as a
week to honor members of the Aircraft Warning Service. 150,000 loyal
civilians know that Posts of the AWS must be filled. The job must
be done by either civilians or by flyers or soldiers badly needed
at our battle fronts. AWS volunteer release men and equipment for
fighting duty. Our Hat’s Off To The AWS .
Warmack Electric Store and Gift Shop.
1943 Bombs over Tokyo This Scene Is In The Making
We, the United States, are preparing to re-enact this scene…Jimmy
Doolittle and his Fliers did it first… it’s going to happen many
times until finally the Axis is knocked out and we have peace once
more. But—we can’t leave the necessary preparation for the other
fellow. Each one of us must do his part. There are many ways in
which we can share in this big campaign. One is to Buy Bonds. Another
is to serve in the Aircraft Warning Service. Helping with the farm
crops in Butte County and in the cannery here at Oroville are also
of vital importance. The United States is feeding the world, in
addition to feeding her armies and civilians at home. This means
every bit of farm production must be conserved and put to use. That’s
why, with regular farm workers in the armed services and in defense
plants, you are asked to put in your spare time in the food harvest-
in field and in packing plants. You’ll be doing your country and
yourself a service by heeding this plea. Let’s share this war!
Your Friendly Red and White Stores, Walsh and Ricketts,
Vaughn’s Red and White Store.
Sign up for work at the cannery or apply at U. S. Employment
Service, 1944 Bird Street. Sign up for the Aircraft Warning
Service at Walsh and Ricketts, 1912 Bird Street.
Stu’s Notes: We were in a World War back then and many civilians
pitched in to do their part. I don’t know for sure what we are in
now but a lot of the World would love to see our downfall, I think.
I do believe our Country has good intentions through out the World
to help people, but sometimes we go at it in ways that turn people
against us. I also do believe we, as Americans, could do more to
support our country in these perilous times. Heaven knows our young
soldiers are doing more that their share.
Hats off to the Cannery Workers, especially those who fed our
troops in WWII and also, to the many who volunteered for the A.W.S.
I would like to hear from them.