January 31, 2014
This is a letter from, Committee Member of the Oroville Veterans Memorial Park honoring
all of Butte County, Doug Krause:
The recent item in the Oroville Mercury Register; “City Opens Bidding for Communication
Tower Lease”, brought to mind of the committee that I worked on several years ago to
improve the levee, landscape, lights, and promenade from Bed Rock park to the Veterans
Memorial Park, and utilize the Radio Tower, by painting the tower a gold color, with
spot lights on at night , just like the Tower Bridge in Sacramento. What a beautiful
sight, marking the center of the “City of Gold”, it can be seen from Hwy. 70 and miles
around. What other city has this opportunity at no cost to build a tower and put their
city on the map? Don’t let this opportunity pass, or be lost, like the century old palm
trees in front of the new senior housing on Robinson Street. The trees removed after
promising the city that the trees would stay (palm trees don’t get root rot, the trees
die of old age, usually 200 plus years). The levee project that I worked on, did not
advance, due to all funds at the time going to the Centennial Park. By the way, the
park is one of the most beautiful and well planned parks in Northern California, and
when completed to Montgomery Street, will be outstanding. In closing I urge you to consider:
keep the tower; no leasing or other use; make the tower a permanent fixture; gold color
with spot lights. I have been in Oroville since 1938, and have seen many changes I am
really excited with all the proposed projects, and thank you for your time and effort
to promote and improve this great town!
Thank You, Sincerely, Doug Krause.
(Stu- Doug left Oroville briefly, he went to war.)
Oroville Mercury Register
February 9, 1946
Service Corner…..Sgt. Hayes Home After Overseas Duty
Sgt. Harold V. Hayes, who was discharged Feb. 1 from the U. S. Army is at the home of
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V. B. Hayes of Oroville. Sgt. Hayes entered the service in
Nov., 1942, and was overseas 18 months. During that time he served with an anti-aircraft
unit of the 9th Army. He was on the Elbe River when the war with Germany ended. After
the end of the war he was stationed at Mons, Belgium, guarding soldiers implicated in
the black market. He has the Good Conduct Medal, two battle stars, and the European
theatre campaign ribbon.
Major Hines Released: Returns To Feather Falls
Major Robert F. Hines, who recently received his discharge from the Army Air Corps,
is back at Feather Falls, where he is carrying on his former business, service station
and garage. Hines was in the service 3 ½ years, spending one year in Florida and two
years in the South Pacific. Since returning to the states last summer, he has been confined
to various hospitals. Hines, together with his new partner, Allen P. Williams, has recently
purchased the Feather Falls Stage Route from Dee Dodge and is operating it in conjunction
with his other business. Williams, a lieutenant in the Air Corps, spent 33 months in
the South Pacific, receiving his discharge in October.
Brothers Discharged One Day Apart
Two sons of Mrs. Mary Stafford, Wyandotte Avenue, received discharges a day apart. On
Oct. 3, Alexander Stafford, who served in the armed forces for nearly three years, was
discharged and is at home here. He was a corporal in the United States Army. Pvt. Walter
Stafford, who served about the same length of time, received his discharge on Oct. 4.
He was a prisoner in Germany for five months, and received the Good Conduct Medal.
(Stu- In the past I’ve written of Mary’s big family, many went to War.)
As my readers know I, like Doug, am a champion of saving the Historic Radio Tower.
Well, we of the Veterans Memorial Committee heard that 3 million dollars was coming
to our town to enhance our river as our Veterans Memorial was part of the River. We
went all out to get our share, we hoped for 1 million. When the man came to town to
build it, we met him on the levee with our plans, as the City did also. But we said
“hi” first. Anyway, that lead to a series of meetings on where the 3 million should
go. We attended them all but in the end we left empty handed and all the 3 million went
to Centennial Park. Which I, like Doug, think it is a great park and I go there often.
Looking back we weren’t ready for a million dollars yet. With our other money we could
have built the park back then. But I and other’ had so much research to do finding all
those who died and there were many other loose ends. Besides we didn’t even own the
land yet! Later on the city of Oroville did buy the House next to the Veterans Hall
for us. So not as good as 1 million we moved on. Then, as Butte County was helping us
more and more, I got the committee to vote to go county wide and we changed our name
by vote to “Oroville Veterans Memorial Park for all of Butte County. Now years later
just look at how far we’ve come. This summer I’m going to lay on that grass in the sun
and be happy. Wow almost a year since V. E. day, “Victory over Europe and 4 months since
V. J. Day “Victory over Japan and thousands of our boys are not home yet.