April 8, 2016
More from the scrapbook given to me by Pat Russell
Oroville Mercury Register
Pvt. Kister Anxious To Come Home On Furlough
Pvt. S. O. Kister of the Army
Tank Division at Camp Hood Texas is anticipating a visit with relatives and friends in
Oroville according to his letters to friends here. Like all of the boys he writes that he
gets homesick but he likes the army life. Kister has been in the service since last
October. He is in the Panther Division of his Company. He is the son of the late
Charles Kister and of Mrs. Alta Lindville of Doris, and , the nephew of the late Alvin
Kister, former Butte county sheriff. Sister attended grammar and high schools here and
prior to his entry into the Army, was employed at the Western Pacific Railroad
Former WP Employe Railroads For Army Pvt. Lewis Norman Hill, husband of
Mrs. LaVerna Hill of D Street formerly a machinist’s helper at the Wester Pacific
roundhouse here, is in the army’s railroad operating battalion at Camp Claiborne, La.
Hill was here recently to spend a few days with his wife and her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
A.M. Hengy of Oroville. He is a brother of Mrs. Harold Mason of Oroville. Pvt. Hill
obtained his basic training at New Orleans. He left Oroville, Nov. 30, 1942, to enter the
service. He has been made an expert rifleman.
Allan Mace Named As Mess Sergeant Allan Mace, former Oroville butcher and
baseball player, has been appointed a sergeant in charge of a mess hall and kitchen at
Camp Haan, near Riverside, where he is stationed with an army unit. Mace began his
army service last January. He was employed by Johnson and Openshaw before
starting Military training. In a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L A. Mace, of Gray
Street, he asked to be remembered to his Oroville friends. Mrs. Mace is working in the
soil conservation office in Riverside near Camp Haan.
Former Local Teacher Skipper On Pt Boat One of those lighting-fast torpedo
boats operating in South Pacific is directed by Lt. (J.G.) King Roberts, N.S. N. R., former
Oroville high school teacher. Lt. Roberts turned down an opportunity to teach
navigation at the navy’s training school at Northwestern University at Chicago and
asked for duty on a patrol torpedo craft. “It’s still my choice,” he wrote his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. C. W. Roberts of Yuba Cit, formerly of Thermalito. Lt. Roberts, a graduate of
Butte county schools and the University of California taught at the Eastside school in
1939. Besides being skipper on a PT boat, Lt. Roberts is ordnance and gunnery
executive for a PT squadron.
Charles E. Vance At Farragut, Ida - Farragut, Ida- Charles E. Vance, son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. Vance, High Street, Oroville, arrived here recently to begin his recruit
C.L. Thomas Advanced to Rank Of Corporal C.L. Thomas of Oroville has been
promoted from private to corporal in the armored force replacement training center at
Ft. Knox, Ky., according to information received here. Thomas, a former Mercury
carrier, is the son of Mrs. Ethel Thomas of Vetch Street. He is a member of Co. A of the
Stu’s Notes; I am doing fine I has a new hip and not much to say tonight. I am trying
to do what I should be doing to heal properly.