June 14, 2013
Oroville Mercury Register
April 12, 1945 (66 years ago)
Roosevelt Dies Death Is From Hemorrhage At Warm Springs
Washington-(U.P.) President Roosevelt died this afternoon at Warm
Springs, Ga. Secretary Stephen T. Early announced here. Death was
caused by cerebral hemorrhage at the resort where the President
had been resting for some ten days. Vice President Harry S. Truman,
who succeeds to the nation’s highest office, was called to the White
House immediately. An immediate cabinet meeting was summoned. The
four Roosevelt sons, all of whom are in the service were notified
of the President’s death by messages from Mrs. Roosevelt, she told
them the President had done his job to the end and that she knew
he would want them to do so too. Mrs. Roosevelt, Early and Adm.
McIntyre, the President’s physician, arranged to leave for Warm
Springs by plane almost immediately. “We expect to leave Warm Springs
tomorrow morning by train for Washington,” Early said. “Funeral
services will be held Saturday afternoon in the East Room of the
White House. “Interment will be at Hyde Park Sunday afternoon.”
Mr. Roosevelt apparently had been wearied by his long trip to Yalta.
Despite his confident assurances to Congress in a report on the
big three meeting that he never felt better, old time newsmen noted
new lines in his face. He went to Hyde Park twice for long week
end rests in the weeks after his return from Yalta and then went
to Warm Springs March 29 for a more extended rest. Warm Springs-
which he liked to call his “second home” – since March 30. The week
preceding he had spent at his home in Hyde Park, N. Y. He was 63
years of age and had served as President longer than any other American.
With the President at the time of his death was Cmdr. Howard G.
enn, who was on the staff of Vice. Adm. Ross T. McIntyre, the president’s
personal physician. News of Mr. Roosevelt’s death came from Secretary
William D. Hassett. He called in three press association reporters
who had accompanied the President here and said: “It is my sad duty
to inform you that the President died at 3:35 of a cerebral hemorrhage.”
Simultaneously the news was telephoned to the White House in Washington
and announced there too.
In Washington the cabinet was immediately convened in emergency
session at the White House with Vice President Harry S. Truman,
who will become the nation’s new President. The President had spent
a leisurely two weeks in Warm Springs. At no time was there any
indication that he was sick, beyond the fact that he had not made
his usual visits to the Warm Springs swimming pool where in 1924
he began his life-long battle to overcome the withering effects
of infantile paralysis. Almost daily during his stay the President
took long automobile rides in the soft Georgia spring sun and had
been keeping up constantly with developments in Washington and abroad
by telephone and through official papers flown to him every morning.
On April 5, the President conferred for a day with President Sergio
Osmena of the Philippine Commonwealth. He told Osmena that he hoped
the Philippine independence would be restored far in advance of
the congressional statutory date of July 4, 1946. The Occasion of
his meeting with Osmena on April 5 was the last time the three wire
service reporters accompanying the President saw him talk for any
length of time. He was in gay spirits then and chatted lightly as
he sat behind a paper-laden card table, waving his long cigarette
holder jauntily and wises cracking with reporters.
The above Headline says Looking Back of Oroville’s Heroes, well
to me and most people, I think, President Roosevelt was a hero of
Oroville, our cities, our county and State, our Country and maybe
the World. He had the foresight to see that War was inevitable.
Hitler, Togo, and Mussolini and others were really out to destroy
anything in their war and wanted to rule the World. True he said
in the late 30’s “I think America will not go to War” Well he saw
that the future of free people would be death. He died doing his
duty and can and will be honored in our Tile Wall as Commander in
Chief of All Armed Forces. Our project has been held up, I hope
and pray the problems can be worked out soon.
FLAG CELEBRATION, Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:00 am, Flag Raising
at the Liberty Pole, Corner of Montgomery & Huntoon followed by
a No Host Luncheon, Bird Street Café – International Room, Myers
Street, Downtown Oroville. Sponsored by: Oroville Heritage Council,
“Loyal and Patriotic Order of Liberty Pole” Butte County Historical
Society, Oroville Downtown Business Association, City of Oroville,
Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce