The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California on September 7, 1944 · Page 9
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The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California · Page 9

Bakersfield, California
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Thursday, September 7, 1944
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JIM DAY (Thursday, September 7, 1044) W®3®-''W;*;*' Alvln Drennan I want to tell you about a Bakersfield man, a civilian, whose war efforts, of a highly secretive na, ture, have been of the greatest t value; so great, not for him alone, but for the outfit he serves, that time may show some day their Job was worth an army division or a small fleet at sea. Oddly enough, he never carries a gun, fires a mortar, fielclpicce, nor does he pilot a plane, but on the contrary, works often with .nothing more formidable than pencil and paper, but he and others of his kind helped render ineffectual one of Germany's secret weapons of this war, a weapon which for a time threatened the vast source of war supplies given ta to England by America, supplies upon which the nuccess of the war depended. Physics Expert "When Alvln Drennan, 29, went to the University of California he majored In physics. He is an expert mathematician and has studied seismology and astronomy as well. After completing college, he was for a time registrar and comptroller at the University of Alaska. When this country went to war, his mathematical brain and his personal brilliance in physics made him a valuable man to the government. He had highly specialized, erudite training in very difficult subject matter. Magnetic Mine Now comes Germany's secret War weapon, one upon which the Reich placed as much dependence as upon the robot bombs. It was the magnetic mine which blew up great transport ships when It was detonated magnetically. It was a devastating and particularly horrible weapon and was particularly effective. The British, whose very lives depended upon the solution of this "life-and-deuth problem," developed a "degaussing belt" or system of rendering the mines innocuous, but the device was crude in Us early stages. Drennan was commandeered by the bureau of ordnance at Mare island and he and other brilliant and highly trained men went to work on the problem. They plotted esoteric formulae on the shore with a pencil and paper and then tested out their solutions with experimental ships somewhere off San Francisco. • The whole business, now still in process, was conducted with the jarreatest secrecy and with effective results. I don't know any more about it than this: That the problem has been solved, was solved long since and that American refinements for protective measures have made the original British devices seem pretty crude affairs indeed. '-• For his part in this second World War, Alvin Drennan, whose parents live in Oildale, may be thanked. He brought brains to bear on an extremely difficult task and his part in *his war is one in which he and his family can ever be proud. This country can salute a civilian for a grand piece of war work consistent with the high standard set by Kern county in this war. His "First Love" For the duration Drennan lives In Berkeley. AVhen the war is over he wants to return to geophysics again aa a first love. Recently he visited his parents here at Oildale during a vacation. He has a wife and two children. We have been informed that Lieutenant Donald Hylton, missing since May 24, with the Eighth Air Force, is a prisoner of war in Germany. He was a Liberator pilot. His mother, Mrs. R. T. Hylton. 716 "Eye* 'street, has received information from her son that he is safe and well and that's good news to all of us. Jack Hodder First Lieutenant Jack Hodder, A nephew of Orval E. Baughn, has received his Distinguished Flying Cross. He also has three Oak Leaf Clusters earned serving with the * Eighth Air Force in England. Bill Henry Bill Henry, of this city, one of the navy pilot heroes of Gudal" canal and other actions, a lieuten- 1 ant senior grade, is now serving as a night fighter in the Pacific. For about a year he taught dive bombing in Florida. Guy Watheu 1 Congratulations to Guy Wathen, oC the marines, who was a local football star. Guy has been ordered to Quantico. Va., for officers' training. He has a nice wife and two daughters here. Charles Cecil Charles R. Cecil, of this city, a veteran of the campaign In the Aleutians with the navy, has been promoted to lieutenant senior grade and is stationed at Ojai. His wife and small daughter live here at 2115 Nineteenth street. Bob Perry Home FJrst Lieutenant Robert Perry, •on of the R. L. Perrys of Terrace Way, visited his parents here this week after completing 35 missions as the pilot of a Liberator, flying .over Germany. He comes' home bearing the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four Clusters. He will visit his wife in Texas before returning to Santa 'Monica. BABY KILLED FRESNO, Sept. 7. <UF>—Thomaa McCarter, Jr., 14 months old, died last evening as the result of injuries suffered when his father accidentally drove the family car over him. The accident occurred while the baby waj playing in the driveway. 'j. ' iton Members of Both Parties Express High Enthusiasm General enthusiasm was expressed today by many He- publican leaders over the editorial that appeared yesterday in The Californian expressing the views and position of The California!! in relation to the state of the nation and the need for reforms in domestic ¥ government. High praise was expressed by many individuals, both Democrats and Republicans, and by some it was rated as the outstanding editorial that has appeared in the state on editorial pages. Most appreciation was expressed for its fairness and nonpartisan view in constructive criticism of the administration. Comments from leading Republicans were as follows: "Fair to Everybody" James K. Thrasher: "The editorial had as nice a spirit and thought as any I have ever read and it was fair to everybody. It was as expressive of the kind of man that Mr. Harrell is, loyal to his party and expressing his own reaction to the administration. H was nonpartisan and reflected fine critical thought on how our government should be run. It was certainly all that anyone could ask." Leo P. Kennedy: "I feel so good 1 can't be very articulate. I was very, very pleased and it expressed what every Republican thinks." Mrs. Carol Ozanich: "That editorial pointed out what we as Republicans are trying to do and it pointed out what we are attempting to point out." George A. Wilson; "In my own personal opinion, the editorial was absolutely wonderful. It reads two ways and, reading it right, its worth is great. 1 consider it to be one of the most enlightening and well-written editorials that has even been given to the people in Kern county. It certainly gave people an idea of how things really are." Elmer Houchin; "I thought the editorial very fine. It expresses my sentiments exactly. 1 found the thought nonpartisan and constructive." H. I. Tupman: "I think so well of it, I am writing a letter to the chief to tell him how much I appreciated it. It expressed the thoughts that many of us are thinking." True Principle of Democracy Phil \Vagy: "As a Republican actively participating in the campaign In support of Governors Dewey and Bricker, I am most gratified to learn that such a responsible and influential Democratic newspaper as The Cnlitornian unequivocally supports the Republican candidates. Most Republicans respect the traditional Democrat even though there may be long-standing political antagonisms, We realize in supporting the Republican ticket such Democrats as Mr. Harrell are not abandoning their loyalty to what they consider the true principle of Jef/ersonian Democracy." Mrs. H. L. Hammett: I thought the editorial grand. It summed up my own thoughts and those of many others. I thought it fair and nonpartisan in tone. 8TORE BURGLARIZED Burglars entered Jack's Shoe Store, 1515 Nineteenth street through the transom Wednesday night taking $55 in cash, it was reported to the city police department this morning at 7 a., m. by owner of the store, Jack Unger. Inspectors E. A. Walls and W. R. Dolan are in charge of the case. LOCAL SECTION BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1944 PAGES 9 TO is '' WITH US TODAY Mrs. Laura Griffith, Portland, Ore. Visiting. Padre hotel. H. F. Burnet, St. Louis, Mo. Business. ttakersfield Inn. Major mid Mrs. H. E. Sliernua, Santa Ana. Visiting. Hotel El Tejon. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd L. Purvis, Pampa, Texas. Business. Hotel El Tejon. RESIGN* assistant Miss home r inona Benson, demonstration agent in Kern since December, has resigned her position, it was announced today. Hot Weather Humidity Continues WINONA BENSON RESIGNS POST DEMONSTRATION AGENT WILL MARRY SOON CITY COMPETES WITH RIVERSIDE, EL CENTRO FOR TOP Miss Wlnona Benson, assistant home demonstration agent, has resigned her post in the agricultural extension service it was announced today. Miss Benson expects to put her knowledge of home-making into personal practice, following her marriage later in the month. She plans to make her home near Alturas, Modoc County. .Since Miss Benson came to Kern County last December, she has directed the home economics projects of the 4-H clubs throughout the county. She was responsible for the organization of four new clubs in rural communities. In addition to the 4-11 club work, she has assisted Miss Dorothy Wilkinson, home demonstration agent, with the various phases of adult work -in clothing, upholstering, food preservation, anil care of household equipment. One of the outstanding pieces of work for which Miss Benson was responsible was the supervision of the cleaning and adjusting of 123 sewing machines in the county. Women brought their own machines and worked on them under her direction. Hot weather with high humidity still postering Bakersfield folk today as they got up this morning to a temperature of 72 degrees with promises that heat waves might increase until the mercury hit 110 today. Bakersfield is now competing with Riverside and El Centre with the temperature at the latter hitting 111 yesterday and 108 for the former while Bakersfield had only 107 degrees. E. E. Wilson, forecaster of the United States Weather Bureau, said that a continued heat spell with high pressure area and wind direction indicated that Kern county might be headed for thunder storms. High clouds sailing in over the mountains today will either result in thunder storms or a little cooler weather. The weather will continue generally hot, however. The minimum temperature yesterday was 69 and the maximum was 107 degrees, matched by Imperial. Burbank had 104 degrees heat and Los Angeles ground'level maximum was 89. Campaign Managers Get Extra Gas PRISONER—Lieutenant Ralph N. Winslow's wife has received three letters from him from the German prison camp Stalag Luft I. Lieutenant" Winslow was a first pilot of a B-17 Flying Portress that was shot down over Germany on April 11. SPECIAL RATIONS AVAILABLE TO QUALIFIED PERSONS i All campaign managers of candidates for state or federal offices were made eligible for special gasoline rations equivalent to "B" rations in an amendment issued today by the Office of Price Administration. Heretofore only paid campaign managers have been eligible for supplemental rations, since their travel is regarded as occupational mileage. Under the new regulation a campaign manager, to be eligible for special rations, must fulfill the following conditions: 1. He must present certification to his local board to show that he has been duly appointed campaign manager by the candidate and that his travel is necessary for the conduct of the campaign. 2. The candidate which he represents must be a duly qualified and bonafide candidate for a state or federal office. As In the case of applicants for supplemental rations, a campaign manager who applies for a special ration must show that he cannot use any alternative means of transportation. In addition, only the principal campaign manager for each candidate may obtain special rations to perform his duties. Argentina Fascist Center, Says Hull WASHINGTON. Sept. 7. (£*>—Secretary of State Hull declared today that there is a Fascist movement in this hemisphere and that its headquarters is in Argentina. He asserted that Argentina or Argentine officials would have to supply more clarification of their attitude toward receiving refugee Nazis before he could make any comment on recent assurances of Argentine diplomatic officials here that no refuge would be given to escaped German leaders. At the same time, Hull told a news conference that the United States government is hopeful that Portugal and Switzerland will take such action as will prevent war criminals from going: into their countries. Lumber to Be Sold Without Priorities Purchases of Kern Home Owners Limited to $200 Kern home owners desiring lumber materials will soon be able to purchase materials without a priority, according to word received today from Washington, D. C., by local lumber companies. In the statement from the War Production Board, lumber companies will now be able to sell one third of the lumber supply on hand September 1, to persons without certification or priorities. Order L-41, enforcing the lumber conservation program, however, will still be in effect. This order limits sales to an individual to $200, the WPB declared. Stocks thus partially released are of all kinds except grades number 2, 3 and 4 common in Idaho white pine, Ponderosa pine, and Sugar pine. Today's order also permits sawmill operators and distributors in the west and midwest to sell excessive stocks of fir, larch, and red cedar to farmers, providing delivery does not interfere with the filling of certified or rated orders. United Airline Officials Cite Expansion in Kern Bak Line United Airline officials' visiting Bakersfield today expressed the view that expansion of air transport services for both passengers and shippers of freighted perishable goods may be an early development for ersfield and Kern county. In the party of United Air officials were Homer Morley, outside passenger traffic representative; Forrest Barrett, assistant director of school and college services, and Robert E. Caskey, cargo manager. Mr. Caskey said that increased services for Bakersfield and Kern county will come as soon as additional , equipment can. be and that "looks as though too far distant." M Poaafible Cargo Mr. Caskey made a survey of possible postwar air cargos of perishable goods for this district and he said that air freight will be the immediate development in aviation as a obtained it is not supplementary service to air express. "Our large transport planes, if stripped of seats could carry three and a half tons," said Mr. Caskey. "If the volume of business increases and warranted it. arrangements would be made for 10-ton shipments. It is more probable that from 5000 to 10,000 pounds will be the first loads to be carried in air freight shipment." Talks for Schools Mr. Barrett spent time lining up a series of talks before schools and teacher groups on aviation. His services are available by addressing the United Airline office at Sixth and Olive streets in Los Angeles. Mr. Morley made a study during his stay here on schedules and equipment necessary for expanded services to this area during the postwar period. The officials conferred here with E. H. Kreyenhager, local manager for United Airlines and with civic and commerce officials. Prison Term Drawn in Assault Allegation One man drew a prison term of from 1 to 10 years in San Quentin In a judgment passed yesterday by Superior Judge Warren Stockton, attaches reported today. Steven Hibbler, appearing in department two of the superior court for passing of judgment after hearing a report of the probation officer, was sentenced to San Quentin state prison for a term of from 1 to 10 years by Superior Judge Stockton, on the felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The office of the district attorney was represented by Joseph Woolridge, assistant. In the case of Mabel Pryor Scott, charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the trial was continued in superior court, department two, by Judge Stockton to September 8 on motion of Defense Attorney W. C. Dorris, with Mr. Woolridge rperescnting the people. Veterans Address Lions Club Meeting Four new members were introduced at a meeting of the Lions Club Wednesday at noon at Hotel El Tejon. They are Vance Venables, George Hodges, Charley Barrows and Ed H. Wolfe. Captain E. C. Ethell and Captain "Butch" Skinner told the group their experiences in the African theater of war and a film, "10.000 Feet Deep," dealing with oilwell drilling In Louisiana swamps, was shown through the courtesy of the Shell Oil Company. M. W. Creagh was in charge of the program. 7469 Boys, Girls Begin Classes at Bakersfield Elementary Schools; Show Increase of 787 Over Last Year's Enrollment; Peak of 8500 Expected Indicative of the increased number of families in Bakersfield this fall, the city school population hit an all-time high as enrollment figures were tabulated today on first-day registration as 7469 boys and girls were inducted into classes, a total of 787 more than were enrolled last year at this time. Miss Betty Gould, director of attendance, said that STOCKDALE CLUB SLATES EVENTS BARBECUE, CONCERT WILL BE HELD SUNDAY Four major events will enliven Sunday for members of Stockdale Golf and Country Club. These will include a golf tournament at 10 a. m.. a band concert at 5 p. m. on the front terrace, a barbecue at 6:30 p. m. in the rear garden, with musical program during the supper hour, and a short program at 7:30 p. m. on the history of the club, with suitable document-burning exercises. Arrangement for the four stellar features are in the hands of Elmer McFaddin, chairman, Walter Mortensen and Raymond Taylor. In announcing the day's celebration, those in charge make a point of the fact that the observance is for members and their families only, with no guests to be included. They also add the following instructions regarding the golf tournament: "The entire male membership is asked to participate. Each member will select a partner, comprising a two-man team representing one-half the player members, who will play two men representing the other half of the golfing members. The gross score of each two-man team, less their individual handicaps, will determine their net score. The winning two-man team with the lowest net score will each receive a $25 war bond. The runners up will each receive $10 in war stamps. The golf shop is to be queried for the starting time." Officers announce that reservations will be closed at noon Saturday, and request an immediate call at telephone 6-6538. a peak of 8500 students can now be anticipated during the school year instead of the expected 8000. Kindergartens were overflowing at (iG4 children began their school careers. Kindergarten nssistants \voro immediately added to the staffs of Williams. Jefferson, Longfellow and Roosevelt schools. Teachers and pupils sweltered in the Into summer hent nnd John L. Compton, city superintendent, shortened the school dnys to a minimum for today and the rest of the week-. He reported that 10 additional classrooms completed during the summer provided for the increased enrollments in the Jefferson, Union Avenue, Mount Vernon and Roosevelt districts. Greater increases in enrollment are expected in the Roosevelt and Longfellow districts as housing projects are completed shortly in those areas. Enrollment by Schools Enrollment by schools announced today was as follows: Emerson, 705; Franklin. L'32; Fremant, 280; Hawthorne, 4711; Jefferson, «2li; Lincoln, 624; Longfellow. 479; Lowell. 240; Horace Mann, 510: McKinley, 394; Mount Vernon, 3ii6; William Penn, 306; Roosevelt, 471; Union Avenue, 447; Washington, 726; Williams, 601. Special Classes Special classes in Instruction in posture and speech correction are being maintained this year under trained teachers nt Lowell, McKinley and Williams schools. Two home teachers have been provided to visit the homes of children temporarily confined to their home, and also to instruct children who, because of physical disability, are unable to attend school. Kern County Union High School District reported registrations of new pupils are continuing at all the high schools in the districts and another survey on attendance will be completed soon. Xext batch of rural schools in Kern county will open on Monday, according to announced plans, although the majority of rural schools are now in session. Local Residents Predict Fall of Germany Soon Sun Cooks Fresh Egg Local Home No matter what the temperature records were in Bakersfield yesterday, Mrs. Mary Hesen, 719 Beech street, didn't have to look at the thermometer to know it was hot. She was out gathering eggs and inadvertently left one on top of a lumber pile in the yard. She remembered It a short time after and went out ' to get the freshly-laid egg and when she went to break it into a pan to cook It, «he found she had a hardboiled egg. She made Bteatl. The Bakersfield Commerce wishes hadn't left the egg lumber pile. sandwich in- Chamber of Mrs. Hesen on top of the V-Day cannot be far off, according to speculations of Bakersfield residents today upon the actual date. That news on the front page looks good, but that hard fighting may yet be ahead of the Allied forces was the consensus of many persons. That war effort should not cease or slacken because of speculation of an early end to the war was regarded a general reaction. Many believe that the war in the Pacific may continue much longer than that on the European fronts. Some persons believe that V-Day may not happen at all as there might not be a sudden climax or end to the war as the fighting Inside Germany might continue sporadically even after Berlin is captured. Bakersfield merchants have already laid their plans for V-Day by planning to close all stores if the word comes through during the daytime that victory over the enemy has been achieved and they will probably stay closed the following day. El Tejon Open E. S. Ellery, manager of Hotel El Tejon. said the hotel and "oil zone" will remain open and he imagined other local hotels and bars would be in readiness to receive celebrants. So far no victory parade has been scheduled unless a spontaneous one is organized. i For the most part, citizens are serious and hope that the war will draw to a close rapidly so that human lives can be saved. Here are some opinions on when V-Day will arrive: Weather Basis of Guess E. E. Wilson, head of the local United States Weather Bureau: "I imagine that V-Day will occur before the fall rains begin and they usually begin in October. Rains will bog equipment down, so I predict that the European war will be over before October 15." Mrs. George Bimat, past president of the Bakersfield Woman's Club— "I wish the war would stop right now, but I am afraid that it will last a long time yet. The order to 'stop firing' may go out at anytime, but the war may not be over and it will take a long time to settle the awful hatreds and greeds in Europe." Joe Holfelder, city engineer—"V- Day? My guess would be December 24. It would be a nice Christmas present for everyone. But remember Christmas presents can be mailed as early as September 15." E. S. Ellery. manager of Hotel El Tejon—"My original guess, July 1.5, is already past, but I got out my ouija board and I now say October 4." Pastor Says October 6 The Reverend B. C. Barrett, pastor of the First Baptist Church: "V-Day will be October 6. I believe that events are moving pretty fast now." John Watts, member of the American Legion—"V-Day probably won't be any later than November 21." Mrs.' M. C. Hicks. 1715 Cherry street, housewife: "V-Day will be about six months from now." (Mrs. Hlcka has a son in service.) Harry Miller, Greenfield rancher, "V-Day will he around Christmas." Jamen M. O'Hare, rancher of the Buena Vista district, "V-Day will be November 2:!." Mrs. H. C. Gardner, president of the Bakersfield Woman's club: "V-Day will happen before very long. I'll guess October (i. My son wrote me a letter saying, 'we hud that onto-Paria spirit' and the Americans were in Paris before the letter got here. Old Patton Is really going to town, he writes mo. 1 hope people won't stop war work, though." Norman Baumgarten, county counsel: "V-Day is coming around Jaiui- 1 l*\* The Rev. C. W. Opio: "V -Day will be November 1. During the last World War, those who wore really supposed to know were wrong by eight months, so maybe we shouldn't feel so bad it our guesses are wrong, too." Funeral Pending for Baby Accident Victim The body of Robert Geer, Jr.. 2, Arvin, who was killed in* an automobile accident Tuesday at 8 p. m. on Bear Mountain road, is ut Payne & Son Chapel pending funeral arrangements. Others hurt in the accident, Robert Geer, 40, Mrs. Edith Geer, 33, and Melva Geer. »i, all of Arvin, as Jose Sanchet*. ^7, and Rodriguez, 26, both of Chino ported "doing well" at Kern Hospital. as well Ignacio are re- General Children's Library to Close Admission Day The boys and girls' branch library, 1510 Seven teen tli street, will be closed Admission Day, Saturday, September U. The library will he open the same hours during the fall and winter as it has been during the summer months. The schedule lists library hours as being from Monday through Friday, 9 a. m. to 6 p. m., and Saturdays from 9 a. m. until noon. School Days Begin for City Children: Record Enrollment FIRST GRADER CONSOLED-Miss Leila Knapp, Hawthorne School first grade teacher, consoles tearful Wana Jean Reves, daughter of Raymond Reves, 3601 Jewett Lane, on the first day of school. LEAVE SUMMER PAL—Little "Winifred Jackson and Versena Morgan leave their dog, Chichi, in euro of Versena's aunt, Miss Juanita Johnson, before leaving for their first day at Lincoln School. - V ENTER CLASSES—Robert Mead, new Lowell principal, leads little Carol Batwchi and Hamond Taylor to the first wnulo room where tho children were entered for the first time. Carol's mother is Mrs. Rosa Batschi uf XlM) Chester avenue and U.'imoml is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald K. Taylor. 831 Q struct. Union Cemete NON-PROFIT CORPORATION PERPETUAL CARE lew andsca rdens Lov unds Flow ers i STL'DY SCHEDULE— Ernest Hunter. m>w Emerson Junior High School principal, recently transferred from Lowell, shows a schedule of the new school year to student body officers Patsy Hougham, secretary; Eugene Maugham, vice-president; Hit-hard Jugeln, president. Our Monument Display r the OUk-e one 7-7185 I

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