January 1, 2016
Oroville Mercury Register
June 1, 1942
100 Dine at “O” Banquet
One hundred members and guests attended the Block O Banquet at Oroville
High School following the initiation of fifty four new members,
Wednesday night. Bill Dolan was the guest speaker of the evening
and gave a brief history of the athletic activities of the high
school. Principal J. C. Nisbet was master of ceremonies and short
talks were given by the coaches and Roger Van Duzer, president.
During the daylong initiation which saw all initiates come to school
dressed in girl’s dresses and wearing make-up was completed by the
formal initiation in the gymnasium in the early evening. The entire
group enjoyed a banquet with the dinner being prepared by Mrs. Blance
Rice and the cooking class.
(Stu- Bill Dresser was one of the new inductees.)
Oroville Mercury 1942-1944
1943 Bill Dresser Ends Boot Camp Training
Bill Dresser, son of Mrs. Violet Dresser, Oak Street, has returned
to Farragut, Ida., after a furlough in Oroville following completion
of his eight week camp training in the Navy. He said he would apply
for instruction as a radio technician. Dresser entered the navy
June 13 after attending Yuba County Junior College, where he was
president of the freshman class.
Edger Goff With Armored Command
Pfc. Edgar A. Goff was among a new class of enlisted men who recently
began studying as a technician in the communication school of the
armored command at Fort Knox, Ky. He will be trained in radio operation
from rumbling rolling tanks and half-tracks. The soldier is the
son of Mrs. Blanche Goff, Bird St., Oroville.
(Stu-“Slow the tank down. I can’t hear.”)
Smith Trains As Air Technician
Pfc. Richard Lyman Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Smith, First
Street, Oroville, has been undergoing technical training with the
Army Air Forces at Lowry Field, Colo. since June 29, this year.
Smith attended both Bidwell district school and the Oroville High
school where he played football and baseball. He was employed as
a timber faller at Strawberry Valley prior to his induction.
Don Obenshain Will Enter Trade School
Don Obenshain has finished his basic training at Fort Warren, Wyo.,
and will enter an eight weeks’ trade school. He is in the quartermaster
corps of the army. He is the eldest of five sons of Mrs. Meda Obenshain,
Robert Bryant Makes Fifth Sailing Trip
There’s excitement and satisfaction in being a member of the Merchant
Marines according to Bob Bryant, former Mercury carrier, who is
now on his fifth trip on the high seas. Bryant entered the merchant
sailing service when just past 17 years of age. His first trip was
in March 1942. He has advanced each trip, he writes his mother,
Mrs. Jennie Bryant, Pine Street. Everything that happens, he said
in “just another day’s work.”
Lewis Peterson Trains As Engineer Manhattan
Kan. - Cadet Lewis J. Peterson of Oroville, Calif., is a member
of the engineer corps stationed at Kansas State College in Manhattan
as part of the Army Specialized Training Program unit. He is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Clemo of Linden, Oroville. Before entering
the armed services he attended pre-med school at Willamette University
for one year. He was graduated from Oroville Union high in 1940.
(Stu - In WWII the Merchant Marines gained Military status.)
Corporal Ingwerson Assigned To Sawtelle Corp.
Roy Ingwerson, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Ingwerson of C Street,
has returned to duty at an army hospital in Sawtelle after a three-
months course at Fitzsimmons general hospital in Denver as a dental
technician. He was a carpenter at Camp Beale at the time he entered
the service, Oct. 7, 1942. He is a graduate of Oroville high school,
and formerly was a Mercury carrier.
This is all we have on the above Heroes. We do know Bill Dresser
lived in Oroville for a long time and went far in the Education
System. And that he moved away a few years ago. I don’t even know
if he is still living. Almost all the WWII Men are in their 90’s
now. Richard Lyman Smith, we know only what is above. Help me find
more. They “Must Not be Forgotten”. Someone must know more. The
“100 Dine at “O” Banquet is on our website. Many of the new inductees
went to War. On the VFW Calendar it says that “Dec. 31, 1946 is
the official end of WWII.”