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
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
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.