Oroville Mercury Register
May 3, 1943
Horseshoe To Go Over Door of Bangor Post
Maj. Underwood Dedicates Ground Observer Unit
The new ground observer post at Bangor was accepted for the 4th
Fighter Command of the United States Army by Major G. V. Underwood
of the San Francisco Air Defenses Wing Sunday at the dedication
ceremony held at the post. Major Underwood designated a horseshoe,
found in the first shovel full of dirt turned up when the post was
built, as a good luck emblem to hang over the door of the structure.
Boy Scout Troop 30 raised the flag over the new building.
Cub Scout Alan Conger was in charge and color guards were Laury
Conger, Delbert Hedges and Irving Nieland. Joe Lucero led
the assembly in the pledge of allegiance. Al Walsh as master
of ceremonies introduced the Army officers attending the dedication
and others, including Earl Bevins, county director of Aircraft Warning
service; Mrs. Geneva Lepper, area supervisor and Walter J. Sharkey,
assistant area supervisor. Mrs. Lepper told of the different organizations
and individuals instrumental in getting the post built. Outstanding
in the program was a tribute to the flag given by Mrs. Arthurlena
McPherrin of Sutter. “One hundred hour” arm bands were presented
by Lieut. C. T. Pillsbury to the following; H. B. Kell, Hiram Hobbs,
Eldred Skelly Roy Farrington, Charles Swartsfager, Mrs. Swartsfager,
Mrs. Daisy Conger, Mrs. Ruth Jensen, William Baimbridge, Al
Twitchell, William Reid and William Drone. Drone, who is assistant
chief observer, invited those present to inspect the post.
At the close of the ceremony a plane from the Chico Army Flying
School circled over the post and then dived, zoomed and stunted
in spectacular wind up for the celebration. A no-host
dinner was served to those who had assisted with the dedication
program, following the services.
Oroville Mercury Register
May 3, 1943
Our Women to be Slimmer As Results of Expected Rulings
Washington –UP)- The war production board probably will issue a
new clothing order this week calling for slimmer feminine silhouettes,
“cleaner lines” and elimination of more frills. The new order,
a revised L-85, is expected to reduce skirt widths slightly and
will do away with exaggerated “peg tops,” drapes and other fabric-using
devices. It is understood that the order will control the
“Body Basic”- a term which will include the regulation of the front,
back and sleeves of the blouse, the skirt and belt, width and hipline.
Jackets probably will be permitted only in single breasted models
and only with two pockets and not more than four flaps. The
whole effect of the new ones will be to make women’s clothes slimmer
and more simple in design although it will not by and mean regiment
women’s fashions nor change the competitive challenge in the fashion
world. Designs will still be varied, although all excess frills
will be eliminated.
Stu’s Notes: Again for the 3rd
time Feather Falls Casino is going to sponsor the Oroville
Veterans Memorial Park for all of Butte County’s
Poker Run, Motorcycles of course. Jim Townsend is the Chair of
the run. Over the years we have had a wonderful bunch of Patriotic
Motorcyclist come to this event. It will take place September
17th at Feather Falls Casino.
Registration is at 7AM to 11 AM. It will follow our
POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday, September 16th.
As usual we will have the very moving program on the steps of Oroville’s
Veteran’s Memorial Hall on Montgomery Street. If
you have not attended this event before this is your chance to see
the meaning of this day, first signed into being by President Ronald
There will be a big event out at the Oroville Airport headed
up by Oroville’s Mike Howard, from 8AM to 4PM on Saturday, August
20th. Go in the main gate on
Chuck Yeager Way. Some of the groups there will be
the Oroville Fire Department, The Civil Air Patrol, Model A Club,
The Oroville Air Corp, and Air craft from all over. Also Free
rides on Airplanes within time limits. See AirportDayFlyIn.com.
About 50 years ago several streets in Oroville were named for soldiers
who died in WWII. Many people that live on those streets have
no idea the importance of their streets name. Now they will.
Tuesday night City Council Member Cheri Bunker presented a Proclamation
of Gratitude to Mike Phulps, of Metal Works, the company that made
and donated the Gold Stars to place on those streets signs.
A gold star is an indication that a Soldier has died. During
WWII families that lost a son would receive a Gold Star Flag to
hang in their window. The Gold Star Mothers Club was formed
by Mothers who lost a son in battle. Sadly more and more of
these mothers have been created by our recent wars. It’s a club
you would hope will die out. Let’s pray someday it does.
Thank you, City Council for doing this for me.
On a lighter note, Stu met Lynn 40 years ago tonight at the Hard