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June 1, 2007

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.