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December 19, 2008

Oroville Mercury Register
October 8, 1942
Vets to Decide On War Relics
Whether a machine gun and other relics at Memorial Hall will be turned over to the scrap metal drive will be discussed at a meeting of American Legion Post No. 95 in Memorial Hall at 8 p. m. Thursday, according to Ed Dallas. Post members are seeking to determine whether the post has the authority to dispose of the war relics. Any Legion member who has information regarding the articles is asked to attend the meeting. An initiation of members will be held. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

First Aid Classes For Raid Wardens
First aid classes for air raid wardens in the district west of Oak street will begin at Bird Street School at 7:30 p. m. today, Elton J. Leggett, divisional warden, announced. They are to be held twice a week for five weeks. Charles T. Crawford will be instructor.

From an ad.
We gladly forego a mile and a half of new telephone wire- that a machine gun may shoot for 4 minutes! Our Long Distance lines are carrying the greatest volume of calls in history – calls directly related to production for war and the movement of men and supplies. The materials needed to build new telephone lines have gone to war! For example, a machine gun in action four minutes will use up enough copper for a mile and a half of telephone wire. Although we cannot build new lines, we can make the most of what we have. You can help if you will not make any Long Distance calls unless they are absolutely necessary. Even on these, please be as brief as you can. For this our sincere appreciation. You are helping us to help you and our Country.
1437 Huntoon Street
Telephone 700.

June 9, 1942
Baccalaureate Attended By 300 Persons
by Betty Boyle
Three hundred parents and friends were seated upon the high school field Sunday evening as 130 senior graduates solemnly marched upon the field in caps and gowns to take their part in the baccalaureate ceremony. The Rev. Mr. C. C. Champlin pastor of the Congregational church, gave the invocation, and J. C. Nisbet, master of ceremonies speaking in a patriotic stage setting, welcomed all those present. The entertainment began as the acapella choir sang “Holy Our God and King,” “I’ll See You Again,” which was especially dedicated to the seniors, and “I Heard a Forest Praying.” The songs were capably directed by Charles Summy, music teacher, with Ted Tannehill as accompanist. The scriptural reading by Mr. Champlin followed. The band played “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral.” The Rev. W. S. Woodhull, pastor of the Methodist church, spoke to the graduation class members. His topic was “Trails.” “I Hear a Brown Bird Singing” and “My Hero” were sung by the Girls Glee club. The ceremony came to a close as Mr. Champlin gave the benediction.

Stu’s Notes: Oroville was full of Thousands of People at the annual Christmas Light Parade. Most sidewalks were full of people. The Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee for all of Butte County had a float built on Bill Fox’s trailer, pulled by his truck, driven by Jack Brereton. Walking along side was Angie Gramps, her son Garrett rode on the float as a bugle boy. Bill and I also rode on the float to wave to the crowd. Other members walked and passed out candy; they were Bob and Sherry Morehouse. Bob fought in WWII, also John and Joyce Archibald, John served his country in the Navy, Member, Dee Stamps also walked. Most of those mentioned worked on the float along with Jim and Marti Holton.

The Machine gun survived the war. As a young boy I would walk by the Memorial hall and admire it. I remember it had a metal shield in front of the trigger and I think it might have been Russian from WWI. Sadly it was stolen. It makes me so mad that someone would steal a piece of history that is shared by all, just for his selfish use.

Most of the Oroville High School class of 1942 were involved in the war, the boys joined and went to war, many of the girls helped on the home front. Some joined the WAC, Women’s Army Corp. The song “I’ll See You Again”, for some of the young graduates, this never came true as they died somewhere far away. “Some gave All”. Fay Anglin and others hold the Oroville Classes of late 30’s and 40’s together with yearly reunions.