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September 5, 2008

Oroville Mercury October 5, 1942
East Biggs Woman In U. S. Waves
Louise Heilmann Visits Home Before Entering Training Biggs

Mrs. Louise Heilmann visited at her home here at East Biggs before reporting for duty with the U. S. Navy in San Francisco Tuesday. Mrs. Heilmann is a member of the first 25 women WAVES recruits to leave from San Francisco to report for initial training at Stillwater, Oklahoma at the A and M College. These recruits will form the first authorized women’s corps in the U. S. Navy. Mrs. Heilmann passed examination Sept. 28 and was sworn in at San Francisco. She is the former Louise Orme, daughter of Mrs. Milo Orme of East Biggs. She graduated from Live Oak Schools where the family formerly resided. For the past six years. Mrs. Heilmann has been employed as secretary at the Agricultural and Medical Association in San Francisco. Her work in the navy is expected to parallel her former secretarial duties and release a navy man for active duty

Oroville Mercury Register April 13, 1942
Koch Recovering After Operation

James Koch, Canadian Royal Air Force flier, is recovering at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, after an operation for acute appendicitis performed last Saturday night, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Koch of Foothill District. Koch, Oroville high school graduate, who was home recently on a short visit, is now stationed at Yorkton.

Paul Wood Jr. Enters U. S. Navy
Paul Wood Jr., 21 has enlisted in the United States and will leave for San Diego Monday for training. Wood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wood, Ft. Wayne street, is a graduate of Oroville high school, in the class of 1938. He had been employed by his father for four years in the upholstering business here.

Social and Club News
Miss Betty Boyle spoke of the junior defense program to be held in Municipal auditorium, Wednesday, April 15, at a meeting of the Oroville Unit No. 95 American Legion auxiliary Thursday night at Memorial hall. She said that the young people were anxious to do their part, that many people wanted to buy bonds but were unable to do so. Attending the program, she said, would give them an opportunity to do their bit. The program will consist of over an hour of music, song, and dance, put on by the young people of the community. It will start at 7:30 p.m., with the proceeds to go to the American Red Cross. Mrs. Gretta Gaylord, Poppy chairman, announced that the time for poppy posters which are being entered by pupils of the elementary schools has been extended to April 24. These posters will be on display at the next meeting at which time the judges will render their decision, choosing those entitled to the prizes. Mrs. Geneva Lepper, junior group would be Saturday, April 18, at Memorial Hall. Betty Boyle, reported on the district meeting held at Richardson Springs. Mrs. Hannah Ford, Americanism chairman, reported that 50 essays from the elementary schools had been submitted, and were being judged. Winners will be announced at the next meeting. Resolutions of respect to the memory of Agnes Alm, gold star mother, were adopted. The following were appointed to assist the post in the bond drive: Mesdames Ellen Walker, Lepper, Ford, Meredith Petee, Bess Phillips, Florence Boyle, Gaylord and Beatrice Chizlett.

Stu’s Notes: Wow! an East Biggs girl one of the first to join the newly activated Waves. Another Wow! an OHS Grad who joined the Canadian Royal Air Force, before we entered the war, Dec. 8, 1941. Brave young Americans did join the Canadian and British Air forces, see my story May 12, 2006 about Jimmy Koch. (It is on the above web site.) They had to join on the sly as we were not in the War at the time it was against America’s neutrality rules. Although before Pearl Harbor, a number of Americans were killed by enemy action, both by the Japanese and Germans. Remember the Ruben James, just one such incident. A destroyer sunk before we were in WWII. There are a number of Koch’s in the Butte County phone book, I must call them. I have written in the past of Paul Wood Jr., his wife, Ruth is a docent at the Butte Count Historical Society Museum. Also Miss Betty Boyle Davis who recently passed away, she did so much for her country and also our little town of Oroville. I’m glad I had the honor of talking with her, her grandfather is honored for his roll in WWI in the Oroville Pioneer Museum on Montgomery Street. We met Gretta Gaylord’s stepson while we were visiting the Hornet, air craft carrier, now in Alameda. Gold Star Mother Agnes Alm, (Gold Star Mothers lost their son’s in the war), lost her son many years before, while training for WWI. He didn’t die in the War but he died at camp and had a military funeral with the highest military honors. He will also be honored in Our Memorial. He was listed as the First Oroville boy to give his life for his country, in WWI Oroville Mercury December 17, 1917. Thank you Jan Rose Bales for that research.