December 14, 2007
Oroville Mercury Register August 7, 1943
TOM CORKIN NOW LIEUTENANT IN AIR CORP
Thomas J. Corkin was graduated Wednesday from the army air force
advanced flying school at Luke Field, Ariz, with the rank of second
lieutenant, receiving his silver wings. Corkin, a member of Class
43-G at the west coast training center, is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Corkin of American Farms. Another son Harold is serving in
the merchant marine.
VIRGIL PINKLEY will make his last public appearance in Oroville
before leaving for the north African war front. The United Press
war correspondent will address a public gathering at Oroville Inn
next Monday noon. Pinkley’s appearance at the Rotary luncheon is
being sponsored by the Mercury. Although luncheon reservations have
been exhausted, interested listeners are invited to the Inn lobby
where they can hear Pinkley’s talk over the loudspeaker system to
be set up.
Word received from Chico this afternoon that no less than 150 dynamite
caps with concrete bases were found on a large ranch near Butte
City. It is believed to be an attempt on the part of I.W.W.s or
German spies to wreck the tractors on the ranch and to destroy the
warehouses which contain thousands of racks of rice. The caps were
found buried in the ground at intervals of 100 yards. The sheriff
of the county is working on the case with several deputies. A suspicious
character was seen around the ranch yesterday. He is believed to
be one of a gang of spies who planted the caps.
May 24th, 1944
RED CROSS MOVING TO MEMORIAL HALL
Home service headquarters of Oroville Chapter, American Red Cross,
will be located at the chapter’s production center in Memorial Hall.
This was announced today by Kenneth O’Brien, chapter chairman, following
the fire that destroyed the home service offices on Huntoon street.
O’Brien said all home service records and a stove kept in the office
had been saved from the fire. The move brought all Red Cross services
into one location.
Oroville Mercury Register January 25, 1940
900 PEOPLE AT ARMY DANCE IN BIG AUDITORIUM
Nine hundred persons attended the dance in Municipal Auditorium
last night honoring members of the 22nd bombardment squadron
stationed here during army maneuvers. Officers and enlisted men
were guests of Oroville at the dance, which lasted until 1:15 a.m.
Mayor Palmer greeted the army men. He complimented them on the fine
appearance made by members of the squadron and said Oroville has
been happy to have them here. “It is a pleasure to know that men
of such high caliber are handling our air defense,” he declared.
The mayor was introduced by Dr. J. W. Childs, general chairman.
Jack Russell, Oroville recreational supervisor, who contacted various
clubs and organizations with Dr. Childs, announced that the following
sponsored appearance of the All Star orchestra at the dance: Oroville
Progressive Merchants Assn., Chamber of Commerce, Junior Chamber
of Commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary and Fellows Clubs, Elks Lodge, American
Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, and Bert Kohler of the Standard
Stu’s notes: Well, I know more and more about what it took to
become a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Force. A lot of skill
and courage, so many young men died as we’ve learned at our Oroville
and Chico Bases. It was not just fun and games, many of the training
planes were old, fatigued and broken, yet they were fast, sometimes,
hard to fly and things did break and remember you can get out and
fix a car, try that in an airplane. Hats off to, the Fly Boys all
the way up to the Dust off Boys of Vietnam, and those brave young
men and women of today. I wonder what became of Virgil Pinkley,
I always want the “rest of the story”. In both WWI and WWII we placed
soldiers around many strategic places to watch out for saboteurs.
Oroville’s James Townsend, Jim the Barbers dad, did this. Big Jim,
as is call him, was training to invade Japan when the bomb was dropped
and ended the war saving an untold number of lives on both sides.
Right after Pearl Harbor, Big Jim got a job guarding a railroad
tunnel up the Feather River. Several times walking through he had
to hug the wall as a steam train (in those days they were steam)
came blowing fire and steam. Then the Army took over so he went
into the Navy. One time coming from the east on the Western Pacific
train they stopped for a quick break in Oroville and the officer
in charge let him jump off and run down the street to see his wife,
Lavon. They still live here in Oroville. In WWI a young boy came
to Oroville, John Feliciano, Company L, Watsonville and died guarding
Las Plumas Powerhouse. He died while in the service of his country.
He is buried with Military Honors in Watsonville and will be honored
here as he died here. So be it. I hope to get more of 2nd Lt. Tom