November 9, 1945
Local Girls Attend Formal Dance At Beale
Twelve junior hostesses from the Recreation Center were entertained
at a formal dance at the P. R. D. Officer Club at Camp Beale last
Saturday night. Dancing was enjoyed in the flower decked room to
music furnished by the 381st Camp Beale orchestra. The
girls were presented with double gardenia corsages and enjoyed a
floor show provided for their entertainment. A buffet supper was
served in the officers’ dining room about 11 o’clock. Many of the
officers who were hosts at the party have just graduated from West
Point and are leaving soon to join the occupation forces in Japan.
Child to celebrate At Armistice Party
Little Linda Rae Ledford who will celebrate her fourth birthday
on Armistice day is being honored at a party this afternoon by her
mother Mrs. L. P. Ledford. The little friends who will enjoy a gaily
decorated birthday cake are Michael and Stephen Damon, Jerry, Helen
and Julie Gillis, Marianna Openshaw and the little girl’s sister
Loris, who is six years old.
Servicemen’s Dance Draws Large Crowd
The weekly servicemen’s dance held every Wednesday evening at the
Recreation Center was enjoyed by approximately 340 boys from Camp
Beale and 50 from Chico field. Casagrande’s all-star orchestra furnished
the music for dancing.
Boehme Baby Named Patrice Lorraine
The little daughter born to First Lt. and Mrs. Arthur A. Boehme
at the Oroville Curran hospital Nov. 6, has been named Patrice Lorraine,
and weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces,. Lt. Boehme, who has been stationed
at Treasure Island, will be placed on inactive duty and will be
assigned to the 12th reserve district at the end of a
62-day terminal leave. He has served in the United States Marine
corps for 3 ½ years, and spent 28 months overseas. He has earned
the Presidential Unit citation, the Bronze Star, Silver Star, three
battle stars and wears the Purple Heart for wounds received on Saipan.
Patrice Lorraine’s maternal grandparents are Mrs. W. J. Proper,
Santa Barbara, and Alfred P. Klein of Detroit, Mich. Her paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Boehme of Bangor.
Okinawa Invasion Recalled By Bill Received Easter Day by Unknown
“Received at Okinawa in the Pacific.”
That was part of ten words and a date written in ink across one
end of a dollar bill that found its way into the Mercury receipts
today. The other four words were, Easter, from Mom and Dad.” The
year was 1945. Easter, 1945. That was when the first landings were
made on Okinawa. What thoughts of home went through the mind of
the boy who got a dollar in his letter from Mom and Dad? That bit
of green must have had a comforting touch just because it bore the
inscription, The United States of America. Wonder if he wished he
could spend it for a hot dog or an ice cream soda, or any of the
things that mean America? Wonder if he questioned whether he’d live
to spend it at all?
Miss Jean Hodapp and Delbert Toulouse, pharmacist mate 3rd
class of Sacramento were married in Reno Oct. 27. The bride is the
daughter of George Hodapp and a graduate of the Chico High School.
At present she is attending College in Sacramento. The bridegroom
expects to be released from the service soon, after which he will
continue with his studies to become a mortician.
Oroville Mercury Register
Nov. 9, 1933
Incensed over a magazine attack upon Nazidom by Winston Churchill,
a Conservative, Germany ordered its ambassador to London to make
“a sharp protest” to the British government. Churchill wrote that
only time would tell whether Adolph Hitler would be classed as a
monster or a hero.
Stu’s Notes: Arthur and Charles are still living in California.
Hopefully the will tell me more about the War. It wasn’t long after
1933 that the world did learn that Hitler was indeed the worst monster
of all time. Can you imagine in those days letting our young girls
go all the way to Camp Beale to dance with the men. I’m sure they
were well chaperoned. I would like to hear from any of my readers
that went to the dances. I knew the Gillis kids and the Damons,
Steve, who sadly died young was in my OHS class of 58. The Openshaw
girls were the ages of my sisters, Peggy and Kathy. Armistice Day
is coming soon. Nov. 11, it’s now known as Veteran’s Day, we will
have a parade, rain or shine. POW/MIA Recognition Day is on Friday,
September 21st. We will have a candle light service on
the steps of the Veterans Memorial Hall on Montgomery Street at
6:45pm. We hope to have a nice crowd to remember those who never
returned and recognize those who were POW’s.