December 18, 2015
Oroville Mercury Register
September 20, 1941
Cadet’s Body In Sacramento
The body of Cadet John L Driscoll, 23, of Boise, Idaho, killed when
his training plane crashed near Chico Friday, was taken to Sacramento
yesterday where funeral services will be held. Mr. and Mrs. John
Driscoll Sr., parents of the youth, will fly to Sacramento from
Boise today for the funeral. Committees of Mather Field air corps
officials were continuing today to investigate the cause of the
accident. The left wing of the plane, which had been torn off, was
found half a mile from the wrecked plane. The cadet was flying with
Lt. J. H. Carter, instructor at Mather Field, who was thrown from
the ship. He parachuted to safety.
(Stu - This man died in Butte County
and will be honored here in Oroville.)
Oroville Mercury Register
September 20, 1941
El Medians To Discuss Evacuation
Preparations for evacuation of residents of El Medio and of Paxton
Addition in event of an emergency will be considered at a mass meeting
to be held in the Southside fire hall at 8 o’clock tonight. Appointment
of air raid wardens and of committee heads to take charge of various
activities is contemplated. Sheriff Taylor, chairman of the county
defense council, and Esque McAtee are to speak. Members of the El
Medio Community Club and firemen are cooperating in making plans
for the defense meeting.
From the Scrapbook:
Board Announces Serial Numbers List Includes Names of Young Men
Who Registered In Second R Day July 1
Serial numbers of 102 Oroville district young men who have reached
the age of 21 since the first selective service registration day
last October were announced today by the local draft board. The
young men signed for selective service training on July 1. The names
and serial numbers: S-1, Jerry James Gibson, Feather Falls, S-2,
Richard John Joyce, Oroville, S-3, Floyd Ball, Oroville, S-4, Mauro
Gomez, Oroville, S-5 Albert Anson Simmons. Woodleaf Star Route,
S-6, Willie Ernest Burrows, Oroville. S-7, Jesse Vance Lane, Feather
Falls. S8, Pete Ledger, Feather Falls. S-9, Fred Ivan Gilbert Jr.,
Oroville. S-10, Henry Eugene Sprowl, Oroville. S-11, Stayman Auburn
Buttler, Bangor. S12, Rudolph Clarence Baker, Gridley. S-13, Roy
Eugene Ingwerson, Oroville. S-14, Henry Louis Rose, Oroville. S-15,
Magneson Stram, Oroville. S-16, Robert Allen Morrill, Oroville.
S-17, Charles Horace Bidwell. S-18, Steve Silvas Gomez, Biggs. S-19,
Bernie Glenn Howell, Oroville. S-20, Marvin Earnest Vance, Biggs.
S-21, Ray Eldon Zirkle, Feather Falls Star Rt. S-22, Ray Eldon Zirkle,
Feather Falls Star Rt. S23, Arden Johnson Young, Oroville. S-24,
Joe Saye Riddle, Feather Falls. S-25, Robert Arthur Minke, Oroville.
S-26, Roberto Saiz Matta, Feather Falls. S-27, Harry Boulton Clark,
Oroville, S-28, Earl Robert Miller, Feather Falls. S-29, Winfred
Martin McDermett, Richvale. S-30, Ernest George Baker, Gridley.
S-31, Russell Wayne Neyens, Berry Creek. S-32, John Dunn, Oroville.
S-33, Randolph Erickson Fife, Gridley. S-34, Bill Schrack, Gridley.
S-35, Harold Elwood Walsh, Oroville. S-36, Samuel Epperson, Oroville.
S-37, Humphrey Basil Raddick, Oroville. S-38, William Henry Patrick
Dolan Jr., Oroville. S-39, Jerry Williams Samla, Biggs. S-40, Jose
Sandoval Martinez, Nelson. S-41, Jimmie Lee Richmond, Oroville.
S-42, Martin Harold Gerrard, Oroville. S-43, Floyd Boone Hall. S-44,
Robert Grier Reeves, Oroville. S-45, George Enos Silva, Gridley.S-46,
Harold Ray Kesterson, Feather Falls. S-47, Herbert C. McManus, Feather
Falls. S-49, Harold Shelton, Feather Falls. S-50, Jimmie Forward
Townsend, Feather Falls. (to be continued)
The above story about Cadet John L. Driscoll is all we know
about this young man who died for his country. Before WWII, less
than 3 months before Pearl Harbor . Our Country pretty much knew
that War was coming. The headlines in the Oroville Mercury before
Pearl Harbor attested to this fact. Mercury owner, Dan Beebe, wrote
War was coming. We really know and it did come Dec. 7, 1941. Daryl
and I and a few other have more research to do. The above list doesn’t
mean all these men were drafted. Seems like the El Medians knew
war was coming.
Next week our Veterans Memorial Park for all of Butte County will
be Honoring Lt. Col. Cecil Hall, who will receive, from the German
Embassy in San Francisco, a thanks for his service to save Berlin
from the Russians in 1948. He flew in the Berlin Airlift. They are
coming to Oroville to bestow this Honor on him. Cecil is a member
of our Veterans Memorial Committee. In WWII he was station around
India and other scary places.
Just found by me: Oroville Mercury Register August 15, 1941 headline,
U.S. Entry Into War Predicted