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October 2, 2009

“Some Gave All”
Chico Enterprise, March 25, 1919
Lieut. Scott Dies En Route From France
Word was received by relatives here yesterday from the War Department at Washington informing them of the death of Lieut. F. R. Scott, former Oroville boy. Lieut. Scott died March 15th on the sea while en route home from France. Scott was employed as driller in the local dredging field up to a few years ago when he removed to Oakland to reside. He joined the colors in Oakland and was 10 months in service in France. He was born in Yuba County and raised in Oroville. He was 39 years of age. The funeral will be held in Oakland upon arrival of the body which is expected this week.

“Some Gave All”
Chico Enterprise, March 29, 1943
“Bob” Wilcox Victim of Plane Crash
Ensign Robert (Bob) Wilcox, 25, graduate of the Chico State college and former Chico newspaper man, was killed Friday night, March 26 in an airplane crash at Corpus Christi, Texas, according to Associated Press dispatches received today With him in the fatal crash was Lieut. James Thanos, 26, of Oakland, Calif. They were flying a training plane when the accident occurred, the naval air training center at Corpus Christi announced. Ensign Wilcox was the son of Berkeley, formerly of Chico. He graduated from the Chico high school and received his degree at the Chico State college in January 1940. At the college he was a member of Iota Sigma fraternity and the Press club. He served as editor of the school weekly and the Record, annual College book. He was active in college athletics, especially in track and basketball. He was employed by the Chico Enterprise for more that a year during which he was sports editor and conducted the column “Bobbles by Bob.” He later became local reported for the Sacramento Bee.

Oroville Mercury Register March 2, 1959
Looking Back 25 Years Ago (1934)
Speedy completion of the Oroville Municipal Airport was made certain, except for weather uncertainties, when the board of supervisors late yesterday agreed to rent county machinery to the city. A blade and tractor and a heavy roller will be used. If at any time the county machinery is needed elsewhere the city can obtain machinery from the state.

Oroville Mercury Register September 1, 1950
Caption of Picture. Pointing to Power Tubes, Capt. Charles Yeager, of Oroville, first man to fly faster than speed of sound, describes X-1 Bell supersonic research plane to Paul Garber, director of National Air Museum, Washington, to which Gen. Vandenberg, air force chief, presented record-breaking craft. (International).

Stu’s Notes: Lt. F. R. Scott died after the War was over and not in combat, but he died for his Country just the same and he will be honored in our Memorial. And as my readers know many young men died in accidents while training, 40 died flying in and out of the Chico Army Air Base and 4 flying in and out of Oroville Army Airdrome. Ensign Robert “Bob” Wilcox died in Texas and will be honored in the Oroville Veterans Memorial Park for all of Butte County. As will the above 46 men.

In the 30’s many airports were built throughout America where many a young man and women learned to fly before the war. This knowledge of flying really helped our Country out to out fly the Germans and Japanese, many times with planes not as good as the enemies. 2nd Lt.t Charles Yeager came here, trained, broke a few rules, married an Oroville girl, Glennis Dickhouse and became a great pilot. Shooting down, I think 5 planes, in Europe. The above caption was below a picture of the tail end of his famous X-1 named Glamorous Glennis. It now hangs high in the Washington D. C. Museum of Air and Space, I know, I saw it there. You can find a street named after Gen. Yeager at our airport. The Caption say’s “Capt. Charles Yeager of Oroville”, well he did live here a short while and after the war came and took a pretty Oroville High School girl away and went all over the world. But Dan Beebe’s “of Oroville”, stretches the truth just a little. But why not, Oroville was home to many Heroes just ask me I know their names.