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Oroville Mercury Register
April 27, 1945
From an ad by P.G. and E.

“Prayer of Peace St. Francis of Assisi 1182-1226 Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console: To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving, that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.” To the men of many nations who meet in peaceful council in the city of St. Francis. You have the prayers of millions attuned to your deliberations. What you determine will be a flame raised high for All the World- an augury of hope and faith for the Peace to come. May you visit us again, when the bells proclaim the fulfillment of your historic labors."

Oroville Mercury Register
February 6, 1942
From the Editorial Page by Dan L. Beebe, Editor and Publisher
Teacher Shortage

Married women with teachers’ certificates, who when applying for jobs, have found themselves personae non gratae with school boards because of their conjugal status, are likely to have their innings now. The office of the president of the Chico State College announced the other day that because the war emergency is making a heavy drain upon teaching forces, it may be necessary to call upon former teachers, many of them married women, to fill vacancies. The college is preparing for that situation by offering short term refresher courses by which the retired teachers can renew their certificates.-Palo Alto News. Oroville Mercury Register April 27, 1945 “Some Gave All” Golf Titlist War Victim Oakland-UP- Lt. (jg) Stuart Hawley, Jr., 33, former northern California amateur golf champion has been killed in action in the South Pacific, the navy notified his family today. Oroville Mercury Register April 27, 1945 Help Needed to Sort Clothing Spare time, as well as spare clothing, shoes and bedding, is necessary to the success of the local clothing drive, Will Chandler, local chairman, said today. Willing hands to assemble, sort and pack the apparel are badly needed at the Y. M. C. A. and the Buick garage building. The collection of the Lions’ Club, brought in after their city-wide drive last Sunday, did not boost the grand total quite as much as was first estimate, but the Woman’s Board of the YMCA who volunteered to sort and pack the contribution are finding the job greater than they anticipated. According to Chandler, a handful of these women have had to spend whole days at the tiring work, while a group of about twenty, working only an hour at a time could finish the job in less time and with less effort. The packing committees would greatly appreciated it if Oroville people, when they come with their gifts of clothing, would offer their spare time services to the chairman. “It now seems that the city will meet its 20,000 pound quota, said Chandler, “but local people might take another look at their clothes closets to see whether any garments were overlooked in the earlier part of the campaign.” (Stu; The Lions are Back.) Oroville Mercury Register April 27, 1945 “Some Gave All” Large Ship To Be Named For Our Ernie Pyle Washington-(U.P.)- The Maritime Commission announced today that it will name one of its largest ships for Ernie Pyle, the famous Scripps-Howard war reporter who was killed on Ie Shima April 18. “Pyle many times honored the men of the merchant marine for the vital, and often heroic, part they have taken in the war effort,” the Maritime Commission said. “Millions of Pyle’s GIs have crossed the oceans to the fighting fronts on ships manned by his friends in the merchant marine.” The “Ernie Pyle” will be a C-4 military type cargo ship-552 feet long, 14,600 deadweight tons, 9000 horsepower, and 14,000-mile cruising radius.(I wonder where it is.

Stu’s Notes: When I found this prayer of peace recently I thought that it is surely needed today as we bring our brave young men and women home from “somewhere over there”. Let’s hope we bring our men and women home from ground wars for good. This is my Idea. Sign a non-aggression pac with all the countries that want peace, then tell all the other countries, leave those countries alone or tomorrow you will wake up without a bridge, a workable air field, no warships etc. Just my thought for peace. I think we can do most of the above remote control, with minimal loss of life. Can you imagine a company like P.G.& E. or corporations putting their name to a prayer like the above? Or posting that prayer of peace in any public building or school. Then think why America is the way it is now. I wonder where Stuart Hawley was from. Will Chandler had a hero son that I wrote of April 11, 2003 Lt. Kennard T. Chandler. The Clothes were badly needed for the coming winter in war torn Europe. Millions of Pyle’s GI’s are fast fading away, he must be remembered by us. I didn’t know that up to WWII married teachers had to retire.