Oroville Mercury July 1, 1955
“Some Gave All”
Tullie Moore’s Son Is Killed
Mr. and Mrs. Tullie C. Moore, of Gridley have been informed by the
Air Force that their son, Lt. Tullie Warren Moore, 22 Was killed
on Wednesday when the C-47 air Force plane he was piloting crashed
on Selkinak Island 90 miles southwest of Kodiak Island in the Aleutians.
The plane was reported missing late Wednesday on a routine flight
between Kodiak and Anchorage. On Thursday morning, Mr. and Mrs.
Moore received a telegram informing them that their son was missing
and then, yesterday afternoon, they were informed that he and the
eight crewmen aboard the aircraft had all been killed. A ground
party was expected to reach the downed aircraft today in the rugged
mountainous country where it was sighted by search planes late yesterday.
Lt. Moore had reported for duty at Elmendorf Air Force Base on May
10 of the year. He was accompanied by his wife, the former Hudine
Farquharson, of Williams, whom he married last February 7, the day
he graduated and received his wings at Randolph Field, Texas. He
was a graduate of Gridley High School in the class of 1951 and had
graduated from Yuba Junior College two years later. He was a Past
Master Councilor of the Gridley DeMolay, a member of North Butte
Lodge, No. 230, F. & A. M. and of the Gridley Presbyterian church.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Lou Flowers,
of Gridley. Services will be announced by the Gridley Funeral Chapel.
Oroville Mercury, June 25, 1945
Wayne Buckner Accident Victim Biggs
Wayne Edward Buckner, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Buckner, Biggs,
owners of the Buckner Motel on 99E, was killed when an automobile
in which he was riding collided with a truck-trailer in Elizabeth,
New Jersey. It was reported that Buckner, a Navy metallurgist, was
returning to the Navy Yard for duty abroad the aircraft carrier
Saratoga Friday when he was killed. A native of Glendale, he graduated
from Biggs Union High School in 1943 and joined the Navy the following
year. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Robert of
Fullerton, and a sister, Mrs. Alice Storm of Gridley. The body will
be brought to the Gridley Funeral Chapel, with funeral services
scheduled for Friday at 2.p.m.
Oroville Mercury June 25, 1945
Biggs Man Dies After Accident Near Oroville
All Four Unconscious When Found By Officer.
Robert W. Johnson, 23, of Biggs, wounded veteran of naval action
in the Pacific, died Sunday at 8:50 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital
from injuries received when his car failed to make a turn five miles
west of Oroville. The accident occurred on the Oroville lateral.
The car crashed into a culvert, overturning. He was the son of Joseph
Johnson of Gridley. Also injured in the wreck was the navy man’s
wife, Alice, 28, their son Greg, 8 and a playmate, Billy Woods,
7. Mrs. Johnson’s condition was improved today according to hospital
authorities. Injuries to the children were minor. The Johnson boy
was taken by a passing motorist to the home of his grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Savage of Biggs. The Woods boy was given treatment
at the hospital for cuts and bruised and was then taken to his home.
He is the son of Mrs. Eleanor Woods of Biggs. They live with Mrs.
Wood’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sidenstricker.
Mr. Johnson was on weekend leave from his base at San Bruno. He
and his wife and the two children had left Biggs shortly afternoon
to attend the motor boat races here. They were returning home about
6:15 p.m. when the accident occurred. Sgt. C. E. Flick of the Highway
Patrol, who investigated said all of the occupants of the car were
unconscious when he arrived. He said the car had skidded approximately
200 feet, part of the distance on its top before it bounced back
onto the wheels. The car was a total wreck. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson
were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Funeral arrangements are
pending word from naval authorities.
Stu’s Notes: I am so happy that our OVMP committee voted to honor
all the Service men and women that died from Butte County while
in the service of our country. These above 3 men will have their
names chiseled in stone on our main memorial and so it should be.
I’ve had these three stories for quite some time, yes the above
headline say’s Oroville’s Hero’s, well I am of Oroville and Thermalito
and they are my Heroes. I hope they are yours too. We had a wonderful
Memorial Day service as always a very small crowd. Usually those
not there missed out on a most beautiful sight. A light North wind
had the Flags waving from their staffs’ thousands of them put out
that morning by the usual dedicated crew, with a few new faces this
year. It will carry on. Sherry and Joan’s wreath throwing went well.
About 20 of us, young and old were on the Bridge. An old Oroville
tradition resurrected. Hopefully it will continue from now on and
that it will grow until the old Bridge creaks. That old Bridge will
be 100 years old sometime later this year.
Our Chaplin, Ted Grainger and my speaking around Oroville Groups
partner is making an amazing recovery. He was brought back to life
at Stanford Medical Center more than once. He told me it was the
power of prayer and faith in God that did it. Heaven knows he’s
needed here on earth a while longer.