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August 28, 2009

Oroville Mercury Register
October 20, 1942
No Drunks To Be Tolerated Work or Fight!
That edict will be enforced in Oroville, Police Chief Lund declared today. He said he has given his patrolmen orders to arrest anyone who appears in an intoxicated condition on the streets and he said the order also affects those who make a living playing cards. “The farmers are crying for workers and we’re not going to have any drunks or loafers hanging around Oroville.” Lund said. “If the men are eligible for military duty, they’ll be in the army. If they’re not in this class they should be gainfully employed. There’s no excuse for anyone not having a job these days. “It’s either work or fight.” “That’s the best news I’ve heard for a long time”, commented Capt, Hill of the local military police, who was conferring with Lund at the time the chief made the statement. A check of city records shows that nearly 40 arrests have been made since Oct. 1 on petty charges, Most of the arrests have been for vagrancy and disturbing the peace the outgrowth of too much drinking in downtown establishments. Eight arrests were made in Oroville over the weekend alone.

August 2, 1943
20 Draftees Leave for Army
Twenty draftees from Oroville and southern Butte county left here today for Sacramento for induction into the armed services provided they meet physical qualifications. John Charles Hofius, a clerk at Oroville post office, a volunteer candidate for officer training, was leader of the group. The men went by bus from Oroville Memorial Hall at 7:45a.m. Their names were published in the Mercury July 21.

Two Boys To Take Long Shift
First to sign today in the enlistment campaign for aircraft warning service observers were Donald Wiedman, 13, of Huntoon street, and Robert Sherwood 15, of High Street. The boys offered to serve a double shift of eight hours between midnight and 8 a.m. for observers. The signup is being held as part of Aircraft Observation Week, which started Sunday. The signup is being conducted at Walsh and Rickett’s store.

January 20, 1951
News From Oroville Men In The Service
The Chinese Reds move slowly but with great power, Pfc. S. Jack Moore, 23, of Oroville, has written to his mother, Mrs. Earl S. Ward of Bird Street. The letter was written from Yong-Chon, 87 miles above Pusan, where Moore was serving in a motor pool of the seventh signal company of the Seventh Infantry division. Moore said the fight was severe, and that the United Nations forces might have to pull back toward the Pusan beachhead. Despite the intense cold, he wrote, the roads are dusty. Every time a truck goes by, the dust is so thick that the men have to throw something over their faces to keep from breathing it. Yet everywhere one looks, off the roads, there is snow. “I will never utter any complaint against an American railroad system again.” Moore wrote, in describing a 317 mile box car journey from Inchon to Pusan, which required seven days and another of 87 miles from Pusan to Yong-Chon. Moor, who served for 18 months in the infantry in Alaska in World War II, re-enlisted in San Francisco last Oct. 17. He was sent to Fort Ord for a refresher course then went to Camp Stoneman, near Pittsburg. He shipped out two days before Thanksgiving. After Training at Yokohama he was sent to Inchon and from Inchon to Pusan. His outfit then moved up to Yong-Ju before dropping back to Yong-Chon. He is engaged in repairing jeeps three-quarter ton trucks and 2 ½ ton trucks. While in Oroville, Moore was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and took a prominent part in Regatta Days celebrations. He was employed part time by the Union Oil Company and made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Ward. He was graduated from Yuba Junior College, which he attended in 1949 and 1950. He had enrolled in the University of California as a GI student at the time of his enlistment.

Stu’s Notes: Maybe we need to get back to Oroville Police Chief Lund’s methods, but I’m afraid they would be ruled unconstitutional. Well why not get back to some of the old ways, thing are getting out of hand. Many who left for War from our Memorial Hall never came home; let’s not Forget Them. Just like back then in Pfc. Jack Moore’s case, going back voluntarily to war again, our Brave Young Men and Women are stepping up to the plate and serving their country well. If you see one, thank him or her.

I would like to thank Bill Fox for the banner across the Montgomery Street to welcome home all our soldiers. Also, please plan to be at the steps of the Memorial Hall on September 18, at 7Pm, for the Candle light POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony.