April 12, 2013
Oroville Mercury Register
June 18, 1946
Second Death In Plane Is Confirmed Biggs
Biggs - Word received in Biggs Thursday by Mrs. D. D. Ramsdell that
her brother 1st Lt. Adolph Del Pero of Marysville, was missing in
action at Guam on June 11, was confirmed here later in the week.
He was with the Third Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in a B-29 routine
flight between Guam and Wake Island when the crash occurred. Lieut..
Del Pero was an only brother of Mrs. Ramsdell of Biggs and leaves
a wife, Jeanette and nine year old daughter, Denise, of Marysville.
His mother, Mrs. Alba Del Pero resides in Yuba City. This is the
same plane in which Lt. Drew Smith, husband of Miss Harriet Hills,
was killed. Mrs. Smith is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hills
Oroville Mercury Register
February 19, 1946
Boggs Group Discusses Plans For World War Two Memorial
Biggs - Committee members from the Biggs Community Club, Women’s
Club and Junior Women’s club met with Supervisor J. E. Frazier and
Godfrey Bangs of San Francisco, architect for Butte County Thursday
at the office of the Brick Warehouse in Biggs and discussed plans
for a World War II Memorial for which an allocation of $25,000 has
already been made by the county. Discussion of the type of Memorial,
location and approximate costs marked the beginning of a series
of meetings, expected ultimately to crystallize into definite action.
Bangs expects to meet with the committee again in ten days or two
weeks with some ideas and suggestions as to what may be accomplished.
Those in attendance were: Frazier, Bangs, C. H. Johnson, H. S. Brink,
Jr., S. M. Petersons, L. E. Reynolds, G. L. Beilby, Norman Benison,
Betty Couch and Mrs. M. Doty.
Hold Lincoln Program
The Woman’s Club of Biggs held another of its interesting meetings
under the Federation Departmental head of History and Landmarks
on Wednesday, February 13. The date coming between Lincoln’s Birthday
and St. Valentine’s, gave the opportunity for a program in honor
of our beloved president, Abraham Lincoln, of the Civil War period,
who will stand forever as the symbol of the unity of the nation.
In the estate bound together by bands of steel, he still lives.
Again the immortal words of Gettysburg were heard. The decorations
of the Club rooms and refreshment table were carried out on Valentine
motif. Mrs. Albea Brink, program chairman, with a brief biographical
sketch as a remainder of Lincoln’s early life and career, presented
the following: Mrs. Frank H. Thomas, poem “Lincoln, the Man of the
People,” by Edwin Markham; Mrs. R. C. Gotthold, reading, “the Perfect
Tribute,” by Mary Raymond Andrews; Mrs. A. L. Harry, anecdote, “Lincoln’s
Memory”: Mrs. R. H. Strong anecdote, “Day By Day”; Miss Mary Dixon,
poem, “Abe Lincoln,’ by Edgar Guest. A song, “O’ Susanna” of Lincoln’s
day was sung by the club members at the opening of the meeting,
and during the refreshment hour Miss Jeanie Ryman sang two lovely
songs, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. R. C. Gotthold.
(Stu - I hope Biggs people read the above.)
Oroville Mercury Register
November 4, 1943
“Take Him And Welcome”
Washington 0 (U.P.) – A Poinsett County, Ark., father of seven children
who “ain’t done nothing but raise hell and drink lemon essence”
for eight years is toting a gun in the army today. If he wonders
why, he should have someone read the letter his wife wrote to his
draft board and which is printed in the current issue of the Selective
Service bulletin. It said: “Dear United States Army: My husband
asked me to write a recommend that he supports his family. He cannot
read, so don’t tell him. Just take him. He ain’t no good to me.
He ain’t done nothing but raise hell and drink lemon essence since
I married him eight years ago, and I got to feed seven kids of his.
Maybe you can get him to carry a gun. He’s good on squirrels and
eating. Take him and welcome. I need the grub and his bed for the
kids. Don’t tell him this, but just take him and send him as far
as you can.” The army took him after he tried to prove a bona fide
family relationship by presenting the letter to his draft board.
I, of all people, should know something about the Biggs World
War II Memorial. I must admit I’ve never been there, but I will
get there soon, rain or shine. $25,000 was a lot of money back then
about $250,000 or more in today’s money. Since Abe Lincoln is my
favorite President, I am very proud of the Biggs People to think
so highly of him. Some in Northern California were not so kind to
President Lincoln. I talked to a Civil War re-enactor from Sacramento
who told me he was representing a Sacramento Calvary Group that,
when Lincoln died, had to ride out to a Northern California town
to arrest a group there that was celebrating his death. I have also
read of this. Adolph Del Pero is listed on the Yuba County Veterans
Memorial that was built around the year 2000. At about the time
ours started. Our Committee Member Philip Sciortino did their Bronze
work. I’ve read of Pvt. Drew Smith, husband of Oroville’s Harriet
Hills, but have not confirmed if he ever lived here in Butte County.
If he did, he would go on our Memorial.