More from the Scrapbook of Maxine Gilbert:
Oroville Mercury 1943
DATES IN AFRICA? ONLY THE EDIBLE KIND
North Africa is a land of beautiful French girls, delicious oranges
and of dates, but not with the French girls, according to Pvt. Glenn
Martine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Martine of Chester, who is with
the African expeditionary force. He wrote to his mother saying that
inability to speak French was a drawback to the American soldiers
in trying to carry on conversations with the French girls, who dress
very much as do young girls in America. He reported the Arabs, Jews
and French are very friendly to the Americans. Wine is delivered
in tank trucks and stored underground similar to the method in which
gasoline is handled in this country. Automobiles have good tires,
but no gasoline, and charcoal is used to provide power. Pvt. Martine
attended Bird Street school here until the fourth grade, when his
parents moved to Westwood. He worked six years in a planning mill
there before going into the army. He trained with the railroad engineers
at Camp Shelby, Miss.
MRS. MARY KEADLE WRITES OF SON
“I really miss Oroville and my friends," writes Mrs. Mary Keadle,
writes further that she has just returned from a visit to her son,
Lloyd Van Dyke, at El Paso, Texas, and that he was sent last Sunday
to Topeka, Kansa, for his final training in four motor bombers.
“When he finishes his training he will be a first lieutenant and
thinks he will be ordered abroad.” Mrs. Keadle also writes that
she misses the Mercury-Register and asks that it be sent to her
ROBERT S. LAMBERT PUT IN ARMY RESERVES
Pfc. Robert S. Lambert, formerly of Bangor, has been transferred
from the 68th troop carrier squadron to the army reserve
corps, and will resume farming at Millville, Shasta County. Lambert
was graduated from the army cooks and bakers technical school at
Sheppard Field, Tex., as an army cook. For several weeks he was
a cook at the Officers mess at Sedalia army air base, Warrensburg,
Mo. He served in the 44th infantry regiment of the 13th
division at Camp Lewis and San Francisco during World War No. 1.
He visited his aunt, Mrs. A. D. Frederick of Huntoon Street, Oroville,
en route to Millville.
LT. DONALD HEFNER GRANTED 10 DAY LEAVE
St. Petersburg, Fla.-Second Lt. Donald R. Hefner, formerly of Route
2, Oroville, a squadron mess officer at the Army Air Forces Basic
training center here, was granted a 10-day leave of absence, effective
June 2, and planned to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H.
Hefner of Oroville. The lieutenant was graduated from officer candidate
school and was commissioned last Dec. 9. He came here March 21 from
Miami Beach, Fla., where he was an academics instructor. He is a
native of Oroville.
FORMER HIGH LETTERMAN ASSIGNED TO AIR FORCE
Corporal John L. (Jack) Morrill, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. W. Morrill
of Robinson street, has been assigned to the Army Air Force. He
received his training at Chico, Redwood City, and Pasadena. Corporal
Morrill asked for active combat duty and has been sent to Atlantic
City for further training. He is now on duty at Kansas City, Mo.
He is graduate of Oroville high school ’42 and was a letter man
in basket ball, football and tennis.
NEW SON ARRIVES WHILE FATHER IS IN SERVICE
A new baby whose father is in the service is John, Jr., son of Mr.
and Mrs. John Mixom of Thermalito. Mixom is in an army camp in Texas.
The mother, Lucille Williams Mixom, and young son returned to their
home from an Oroville hospital, recently. The Clinton Williams are
the maternal grand parents of the new baby.
YOUNG RECORDS GRADUATED FROM TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Chanute Field, Ill.- Private First Class Claude D. Records son of
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Records, of Thermalito, was graduated recently
from the Chanute Field school of the Army Air Force technical training
command. While at Chanute Field he was trained in various technical
operations vital to the maintenance of the country’s fighting planes.
Stu’s Notes: I recently read that Hitler had plans to take all
of North Africa, Egypt and Palestine and then kill all the Jew there
as he tried to do in Europe. If not for many brave British and American
soldiers and others, this would have happened. Lynn and I should
be home tomorrow. Thirty days to Maine and Back!