November 23, 2012
Oroville Mercury Register
September 9, 1950
Air Force Calls Larson To Active Duty Monday
O-W Directors Appeal for Deferment
The board of directors of the Oroville-Wyandotte Irrigation District
announced today that it was seeking a deferment for Manager Dean
P. Larson who was called by the Air Force Thursday afternoon. Director
David D. Updegraff speaking for the board, said that Larson’s deferment
would be sought immediately on the ground that Larson is needed
here for the health and welfare of the community. The directors
met yesterday in special session and passed a resolution requesting
the Air Force Deferment Board for Larson’s release. Larson was a
captain in the Air Force. He was a specialist in radar navigation
and bombardier. He served from January, 1941, until October 1945.
In July of 1948, Mr. and Mrs. Larson came to Oroville and he was
immediately employed as assistant to Manager James E. Alley of the
O-W district. In March of this year, upon the resignation of Alley,
Larson was named acting manager and in July he was made manager.
Updegraff explained that the Villa Verona improvement district of
which Larson is in direct charge, is only slightly better than one
third complete and that the board considered Larson essential to
the completion of this project. In addition, Horace Marlow, O-W
secretary said there are a number of projects in various stages
of planning under Larson’s direction that will provide cemented
ditches and new pipe line installations. Larson’s order requires
him to report at Hamilton Field in Marin County Monday at 10. a.m.
Larson has been a member of the active reserve since his discharge
and has been connected with a corollary unit in Mather Field, Sacramento.
His orders stated that he was to report to Hamilton Field and then
he would be transferred to Texas. The unit, Larson said, had not
been activated but he had been called as an individual because of
his experience as a radar man.
Stu’s Notes: I wrote a couple of weeks ago about attending a
dinner to honor those high school students who attended Boy’s State
and Girl’s State, here are a couple more reports that the students
wrote; “ Las Plumas High School, My name is Bill Yang. My time at
Boy’s State can be described in one word; awesome. The people here
were all highly intelligent and talented, but very accepting as
well. In less than one week, we formed a small government. In less
than one week, we formed life time bonds. In less than one week,
we learned and were accepted to be young leaders. Many of the people
there were on a whole different level and the competition to be
appointed or elected to be in a position was tough. However, even
with all these difficulties, Boy’s State was a once in a lifetime
opportunity that I am extremely glad to have attended.” Sydney Ray
Taverner, Gridley High School “As a proud Girls Stater, I can whole-heartedly
vouch for the value of this experience. Not only for the depth and
understanding not what a government does – but what a government
is a variety of leaders, free thinkers, and intellectuals, united
by their passion for shepherding the masses into a brighter future
and representing the voices of every American citizen, but also
for the amazing bonds and sincere friendships only possible through
the making of bitter-sweet memories shared through the powerful
experience that is Girls State. The American Legion has given us
girls a wonderful present and a perfect and valuable investment.”
The Oroville Veterans Memorial Park for all of Butte County Committee
has lost two of its members in the past two weeks, Scott W. Wirth,
Scott was 55 years old who physically had a bad heart from birth,
but a heart of Gold in his outlook on life. He was adopted as a
baby by his grandfather Glenn Wirth. Glenn was in the Army Air Corp
and was in the invasion of Normandy on D. Day.
Also we lost Ben Webb who attended many of our meetings. They both
will be missed.
Many of those who fought in WWII like Dean Larson,, who served almost
5 years and had to serve again in Korea, I wonder if O-W succeeded
in getting him exempt. I recently talked to my friend Art Wells,
Survivor of Pearl Harbor, although the Pear Harbor Association has
been disbanded, he tells me he will be at the Pearl Harbor Memorial,
December 7th as he and I have been for years. It is open to the
public and as far as we know the South Gate should be open as always.
More on this next week. Boys and Girls State are one of the many
things the American Legion and Auxiliary do for the community.
Thanks Booze Fighter’s for the recent Donation.