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PIPEFULS (Fridar. October 6, 1044) • lieutenant Milton Shilkrout Lieutenant Milton Shilkrout, of this city, a platoon commander in the tank corps, was shot and wounded during the invasion of France. They sent him back to a. hospital for treatment. For a time It was feared he would be blind as" a result of his battle mishap. He lay listless in a hospital bed and probably not caring much about life. One day he was disturbed by someone who came to his bedside to brush his teeth. Lieutenant Shilkrout. opened his eyes and saw before him a Red Cross girl. His vision had returned almost miraculously And was It nice to see, as the first thing, a fine American girl? Now Lieutenant Shilkrout can look at the Purple Heart awarded to him for his wounds. A man who has believed that he faced a lifetime of blindness and then regains his sight—such a person appreciates his eyes. Allah and Amen! During the fighting for the possession of Saipan, In the Marianas,, there were two American tanks named "Amen" and "Allah." In the action on the beach, about a mile north of Tanapag harbor, the seaplane base, 250 Japanese, screaming "Banzai, Banzai!" charged the American forces. The two American tanks went into action. "Amen" and Allah" lumbering forward to meet the charging Japs. The machine-guns stuttered steadily and in the blaze of their gun trajectories the enemy went down like wheat before sickles. The tanks caught the Japs in a terrible crossfire, mowing them down from their flanks as they charged. Not one of the enemy got closer than 50 feet to either tank. Change Smoking; Barrels Twice during the firing the tank crews had to change ma- chinegun barrels as they were smoking hot from the steady firing. The tanks fired more than 2000 rounds in stopping the attack. Driver of the tank "Amen," was Marine Corporal Antonio Almarez, of Bakersfield. I am indebted for this story to Sergeant A. D. Hawkins, of the marines. "Ernie" Roux This week I saw two remarkable shooting exhibitions. "Ernie" Roux, president of the Kern County Pistol Club, shot 29 consecutive 10s in the bullseye of a •pistol target at 25 yards before he "went out" into the 9 ring. Ernie Is practicing for the shoot on the twentieth of this month at the Kern River Park range. And lest anyone confuse his target with the big: "Army L" type used for army qualifications with the service pistol, I hasten to report that Ronx was shooting on the small police target—much more difficult than that used by the army. Dr. Chris Stockton The second remarkable performance the same evening occurred when Dr. Chris Stockton, lato major of paratroopers, shooting a piClol for the second time in his life at a target, made a score of 91 out of a possible 100. I have known men to practice many months before they broke into the 90s with a pistol. Doctor Stockton is one of the best skeet shots in the county and an excellent rifle shot, but his experience with a pistol has been limited to two times at the range here. It's an odd thing about pistol shooting that some of the finest shots this country has produced have been surgeons. Maybe that's why Doctor Stockton is getting such a good 'start. Parlier and Tate Jack Parlier, late of the navy, and Leonard Tate, of East Bakersfield High, are two other members of the pistol club showing Jine improvement with the handgun. The other evening Tate was shooting in the 270s for the course, including time and rapid fire, and that's a fine average of 90. * Stutzman Pleased N. D. Stutzman, of the West Bakersfield High School faculty, is another competent pistol shot and an expert reloader. This month ho received the pleasing news that his son, a captain in the ait- corps with General Chennault in China, had been rescued after having been shot down in his fighter plane. Sheriff John Loustalot has put up a $25 bond as the first prize for the pistol shoot this month. Union Cemetery NON-PROFIT COKPOKATION PERPETUAL CARE View Its Lovely Landscaped Grounds Gardens and Flowers and Gemlike Lakes See Oar Monument Display Near the Office Phone 7-7185 School Hits All TimeHigh Bokersfield High Has 3816 Enrolled, 400 Over 1937-38 Record With enrollment at Bakersfield High School reaching the highest figure ever recorded for the beginning of OctobeY, and with most of the other schools of the Kern County Union High School district showing increased registrations, indications point to the fact that local youth are heeding the national "back to school" movement. Registration reports from the several schools of the district indicate that oil October 1 the total enrollment for the district is nearly 400 more thnn was predicted for that (lute curlier in the year, it wns announced from the office of Dr. Thomas L. Nelson, district superintendent. Actual figures for October 1 for tho district showed 5854 accumulated registrations since summer, as against 5458 predicted. Bakersfield High School, with 3816 accumulated enrollments, has the highest October 1 registration in the history of the high school, Principal L. W. Hodge reported. The next highest wns 377;) in the T937-1938 school year. Predicted enrollment for October 1 was "490. Three full- time teachers and three part-time instructors have been employed to help take care of the increased enrollment. Bakersfield Junior College enrollment figures show a decided increase over the predicted figure, with HOI students enrolled up to and including October 1 as against 2HO predicted, according to Miss Grace V. Bird, director of the junior college. Several returning servicemen help swell the student body total. East Bakersfield High School, with 1168 enrolled since the beginning of registration earlier in the fall, shows a slight drop over the predicted enrollment of 1175, according to the office of Principal K. W. Rich. Shafter High School's enrollment as of October 1 was 381, as against 353 predicted, it was announced by Principal H. W. Kelly. Also showing a slight increase over the predicted enrollment is McFarland High School, with 167 registrations against the 160 anticipated by October 1, according to Principal L. A. Wiemers. Kernville Has 31 Kcrnville. Junior High School is lagging behind the predicted enrollment figure for October 1, with 21 registered since the start of school, as against 30 anticipated, according to Principal Thomas B. Merson. The school has the ninth and tenth grades only. In announcing the October 1 enrollment figures for the several schools of the Kern County Union High School district, school officials point out that the figures represent the number of students who have enrolled since registration was conducted at the beginning of the school year early this fall. All schools report a few drops, ranging from 1 at Kernville Junior High School to approximately 100 at Bakersfield High School. No Insect Damage to Kern Cotton Noted Lewis A. Burtch. Kern county agricultural commissioner, stated today that as yet there has been no reported insect damage to Kern's cotton crops. In the past years, the economic loss suffered by this county by insect damage to the cotton crops was approximately 20 per cent a year. Marc A. Lindsay, farm adviser, states. The principal insects causing tho loss are the cotton dobber, red spider, and aphis. According to C. E. Scott, University of California specialist in plant pathology, the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine of the United States Department of Agriculture is outlining plans to extend the fight against insects after the war. HOME AGAIN Mary Whitaker, matron of Kern county detention home, ha", just returned from a vacation spent in San Francisco, Santa Rosa and Russian river. Assistant Matron Pearl Livingston expects to leave Saturday for a vacation in the north. LOCAL SECTION BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1944 PAGES 9 TO 16 NATIONAL LEADERS SEE BOOK—Favorable opinions were expressed by Warren Atherton, national commander of the American Legion; and John R. Quinn, past national commander, when they viewed the pages of "Those Who Serve," the Frank S. Reynolds Post 26 publication, at the recent Legion convention in Chicago. Pictured above are John Watts, editor of the book; Thomas McManus, organizer and first commander of the Bakersfield post; Mr. Atherton and Mr. Qulnn. "Those Who Serve" was released recently and is now on sale at local stores. It contains the pictures of more than 5000 servicemen and women from Kern county. Those Who Serve" Lauded by National Legion Leaders ''Those Who Serve," which has recently been released for sale by the Frank S. Reynolds Post 26, American Legion, has won acclaim throughout the middlewestern states, it was reported today by John Watts, who returned Tuesday from the annual American Legion convention in Chicago. Mr. Watts said that on the train during the trip back, the book was appreciated by all. and Lee Kemper, Kansas state commander of the Legion, was especially enthusiastic about the publication, and has intentions of duplicating the idea in his home city, Garden City. "Those Who Serve." which was edited by Mr. Watts and sponsored by the local American Legion, has taken a year to publish and has the pictures of more than 5000 servicemen and women on its pages, plus the history of Kern county written by Jesse Stockton. Mr. Stockton has spent 18 years in the compilation of the material for his literary achievement. Such notables as Warren Atherton, national commander of the legion, viewed the pages qf the book and commended the local post for the publication. John R. Quinn, past national legion commander, was of the same opinion as Commander Atherton. Place in National Library Thomas M. Owen, Jr., national historian for the legion, requested a copy of "Those Who Serve," which will be placed in the national legion library at Indianapolis, Mr. Watts said. A copy will also be placed in the geneology department of the Newberry Memorial Library in Chicago, which is second to the largest in the United States. School President's Praise AVhile, in Warrensburg. Mo., visiting his son who is in naval V-12 training at the Central State Teachers College. Mr. Watts visited the school president. He reported that tho president, after looking at "Those Who Serve." was in favor of publishing a book of its sort for the navy boys in the school. The book is on sale at several stores in Bakersfield and East Bakersfield. SNOW IN CARPATHIANS LONDON, Oct. 6. W)—The first snows are falling in the Carpathian mountains where Russian troops are fighting on the frontiers of Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the German communique said today. 2 Pliers Killed in Crash Near Delano Two night fighter fliers were killed last night when their twin- engined fighter plane crashed 7 miles south of Delano, Hammer Field authorities announced today. Dead are First Lieutenant Albert M. Burbank, 24, and Second Lieutenant Fred M. Truax, 22. based at the Visalia Army Air Field, a sub-base of Hammer Field. Lieutenant Burbank is survived by his mother. Mrs. Eleanor S. Burbank of Newark, N. J., and Lieutenant Truax by his aunt, Mrs. Helen Wordstrom, of Minneapolis, Minn. Home Evictees wi Get Lumber Orders 'The House That Jack Built" nowadays requires priorities for the building, but said Arthur J. Me- Adams, of the Hayward Lumber Company, "any family that is evicted from rental property will get the "go" signal from his company to get all the lumber needed to build a home." Local families have been evicted from their homes as abodes have been sold from over their heads. There are few rentals available, and any evictee will be given preference on lumber orders, said Mr. Me- Adams. War Chest Film Available for County Organizations The stirring war chest motion picture, "Memo for Joe," was showjj by representatives of the Buttonwillow War Chest at a recent luncheon meeting of the Buttonwillow Lions Club. The film, which was purchased by the Kern County Wai- Chest, will be loaned to Kern communities for the duration of the October 9-November 11 war chest drive. Lebec War Chest workers and Interested citizens will view the picture at a war chest rally in the Lebec School Saturday night and the McFarland Chest organization will show the picture October 11. Other requests for the use of the film will receive early attention, according to Arthur S. Crites, Kern County War Chest chairman. Mr. Crites declared that the county organization has ordered two other "Memo for Joe" films, but they have not been delivered to date. Four new member agencies of the National War Fund have been added tto the list of Allied relief organizations that will receive aid through collections made In the War Chest campaign, Chairman Crites announced today. The new relief groups are Philip- pine War Relief, established to be ready for the approaching reoccupation of the Philippines by American and Allied forces; American Relief for Italy, established to supplement the civilian government in caring for war-ravaged victims; Lithuanian Relief Fund of America ,to care for the needs of destitute civilians of that Baltic nation as the Red army drives out the Nazis; American Field Service, the volunteer ambulance group working in the front lines in battle zones supplementing the work of the medical corps, serving a vital need of military and civilian personnel. Collections made throughout Kern county during the drive for Kern's quota of $114,200 will be divided between the three agencies serving United States armed forces—USD, United Seamen's Service and War Prisoners Aid—and 19 Allied relief groups. Communities having local chest organizations which function to qerve the needs of strictly local groups add to the allocation (or the National War Fund enough to cover their city's relief needs and the total becomes their goal. In Kern county, Bakersfield, Taft and Shafter have organized local chest organizations. Local Ration Board Needs Volunteers Volunteers for making price Surveys are needed desperately by the Bakersfield Ration Board, Miss Sheila Nick, manager, announced today. Miss Nick said that very few have volunteered since the first appeal for help was made. She explained that the survey work will probably last for several weeks, since prices must be investigated in the grocery, laundry and liquor businesses. The other local ration boards, located in East Bakersl'ield and Oildale, have an ample supply of help. Private Lawson Killed in Mediterranean Area .Private Edward L. Lawson, son of Mrs. Bettie Lawson of Arvin, has been killed in action in the Mediterranean area, according to a report by the war department through Associated Press. FAIR IS HAILED AS GREATEST PLANS UNDER WAY FOR BIGGER SHOW IN 1945 Hailing the 1944 Victory Foods Fail' as the greatest in the history of livestock Knows in the county, directors of the Fifteenth District Agricultural Association praised officials of the fair and laid groundwork for a bigger show in 1945 at their meeting at Hotel Padre last night. President A. S. Goode, in a statement declaring that the administration of the 1944 fair was the best in the history of the fair, initiated plans for the 1945 show when he named Secretary James Callagy and Director J. W. Boehn to contact the Kern County Board of Supervisors about possible, extended barn space and additional facilities at the fairground?. "The 1945 fair will be larger and better than the one we have just completed," said Mr. Goode, "and we must prepare for it." Chairmen Praised Directors were unanimous in their praise of Division Chairman Arthur Johnson, Horace Strong, Walter Shore, P. O. Spilsbury, Robert Shreve, Herb Vaughn. Mrs. S. C. Dennison, Lewis A. Burtch, Walter StlernT Earl W. Martin, J. Ray Messinger and Dean Pieper, and of Secretary-Manager Jim Callagy and assistant manager, Mrs. Harry Holmes, for their excellent work. H. K. Dickson, vice-president of the association and director of the livestock department, asserted that the beef cattle show was the greatest ever seen here. He pointed out that the high quality of stock shown at the fair has brought great interest to the industry and has resulted in important additions to tho high class herds of the county. Outside Exhibitors The hog division brought many outside exhibitors, notably Al Buckland, who is a former judge of the breeds, and Hay Bishop, president of a national organization devoted to the industry, said Mr. Dickson. Sheep and dairy cattle need developing as divisions, ho said, in order to bring more entries into the open class. The animals shown now are the best in the state, but are mainly entered by juniors and it will strengthen the divisions a great deal to have outside entries, he said. Walter Shore reported that his Continued on Page Fifteen Local Businessmen Protest New $1.50 City License Fee Protests against the new city license fee of $1.50 on each $1000 of annual gross income or sales of the business and professional houses of Bakersfield have been received from many businessmen in the city. "It is pretty hard on us," said E. T. McAdams of the Kern Valley Packing Company. "It increases our licensing fee from $100 a year, $50 on each of our two trucks, to about $1250 when we must pay by volume." "We cannot stand- paying such a premium to circulate meat," he added. "This encourages competition from the outside.. Since the OPA regulates prices, the burden is very heavy for local merchants." He charged that the city will receive over $3 on each $1000 of meat sold in the city, since both wholesaler, jobber and retailer must pay. "1 hope something fair to everyone can be worked out," Mr. McAdams said. "We do not want to evade a just license, but we do not want to be held up. "Highest in State" "This new fee is the highest in the state of California," he claimed. "Other nearby towns charge about (40 or $50 in licensing fees." Earl Price, local blueprinter, objected to the new licensing fee on the grounds that it will fall unjustly on various individuals. To prove his point, he compared the cases oC a lawyer and a blueprinter: "A lawyer has very few expenses. If he makes $100,000 annually, his cost may be $10,000, leaving $'JO,000 profit. "The blueprinter making $100,000 a year must pay $90,000 in labor, supplies and other costs, with only $4000 profit. "But under this plan, both pay $150 a year. To one, the amount Is trifling, to the other, a very real load. "A third man, receiving $4000 a year in wages, or $!IO,000 in dividends, pays nothing." Practical difficulties of administration are pointed out by Mr. Price: Drive Business Out "The measure tends to drive business and professions out of the city into the surrounding suburbs or to other cities. You propose to tax such enterprises, regardless, by licensing all that make deliveries inside the city. But a dentist makes no deliveries, for instance. What will stop all the dentists from renting offices on the opposite side of the city limits? "You are not in a good position to audit the books of firms located outside your jurisdiction, and they know it. Policing their deliveries is going to bo a huge task." Should Assume Burden Lawrence Weill of Weill's Department Store felt that the merchants should assume the burden now in order to provide emergency funds for the city. I "It the tax is inequitable, and I am not in a position to say it is inequitable, it will be, reconsidered later," he said. "The City Council has spent a good deal of time working it out since it Is felt that this l« an emergency fund that has to be raised for the city." Paul Wlllhide, office manager of Wellman Peck and Company, wholesale grocers, stated that the rate seems high, und that the majority of retailers feel it will Increase their overhead unduly without the possibility of passing it on to the -consumer. WITH US TODAY Mr. and Mr*, .f. \. Ilagan, Baltimore. Md. Business. Padre hotel. Vernon P. Perk. Los Angeles. Business. Padre hotel. P. J. La MinUia, Chicago, 111. Business. Bakersfield Inn. Mr. and .Mrs. Hurry Hunter, Los Angeles. Visiting. Motel El Tojon. Mr. and Mrs. J. \V. Mac Lean, Santa Barbara. Visiting. Hotel El Tejon. Cowan Rites Will Be Held Saturday Prominent Kern Resident Dies at Tehachapi Hospital Funeral services for Harry M. Cowan, Sr.. fid. prominent in Kern county public affairs for 35 years, who died October 4 at a Tehachapi hospital, will be hold October 7 at 2 p. m., at thp Tohachapi Masonic temple, tho Reverend.!. Fleming officiating. Interment will be in t'nion Cemetery. Mr. Cowan was a member of the county school board for .",."i years. and served on tho city school board for 20 years. Ho was a past patron of the Order of Eastern Star, belonged to F. & A. M . and was a charter member of the Pomona Grange. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Pearl Cowan, Tehachapi: two sons. Machinist .Mate Second Class. Harry M. Cowan. Jr., United States Navy; Captain Frank X. Cowan, army air force; two daughters. Lieutenant Jenny C. Curtis, Port Oglethnrpe, Oa.: June Anita Cowan, Pomona: a brother, Mill-shall Cowan. Bakersfield. and threa grandchildren. Payne & SoW Chapel has charge of arrangements. WILL PRESIDE—C W. Hansen of Lomita will preside over business meeting.-" when Danish Brotherhood of America holds a convention at Bakersfield Inn, Saturday and Sunday. PLANS COMPLETE FOR CONVENTION 250 EXPECTED AT DANISH GATHERING Maritime Service Having passed every test with flying colors, the tanker S. S. Lost Hills was delivered into service with the United States Maritime Commission by Marlnship Corporation, operators of a large shipyard at Sausalito, recently. Named for the important petroleum field located 45 miles northwest of Bakersfield. the ship Is the third of a series of 32 8250-borsepower turbo-electric tankers named for important California oil fields. Tbe remainder of tho series will be completed at Murinship by the middle of 1045. Tbe ship was put through trial runs and accepted by tbe maritime commission trial board members only 88 days after keel laying. This represents a reduction of one day over the length of time required for completion of the S. S. Elk Hills. With the name painted on the bow, the ship sailed away into the obscurity of wartime censorship, prepared to start the important task of ferrying gasoline and petroleum products to all parts of the world. The large 140,000-barrel ship is expected to be particularly valuable in view of the mounting naval war in the Pacific. Presiding over business meetings In connection with the convention of Danish Brotherhood of America. Saturday evening and all day Sunday, at Bakersfield Inn. will be C. W. Hanson, of Lomiln. Members of Danish Brotherhood Lodge 319, assisted by their ladies, will entertain 250 men and women from all parts of California. Elton Nelson heads the host lodge. Festivities will open at S p. m. Saturday in the palm room with an address of welcome by J. P. Andreasen, convention chairman and vice- president of the general committee of California. Mayor Alfred Siernon will add remarks of welcome on behalf of the community, which will be followed by baton twirling, introductions, Danish music and folk dances, piano solos and refreshments. Sunday's activities will begin early with a business session at 8:30. Refreshments will be passed at 10:30 and coffee served in the patio at 3 p. m. Tbe convention will conclude with a banquet beginning at 7:30. Committee members said today that all Danes of Bakersfield, whether members of the organization or not, will be cordially welcome at the banquet. They may obtain tickets all day Saturday from the reception committee at Bakersfield Inn. Artist to Exhibit Watercolor Work Oildale Ration Board Workers Have Dinner Dinner for members, volunteers, and guests of the Oildale ration board was held recently In the Standard School cafeteria, according to Russell Taylor, chairman of the board. Main events of the evening were tbe presentation of 500-hour pins to volunteers, und a program presented after the dinner. Guests from the district office were J. II. Farrior, district director; Floyd B. Cope, district board operation executive; O. R. Dibblee, field operations officer; E. T. Marker, district price liaison officer; Edward L. Terry, district rationing executive; and D'Arcy A. P. Wells, mileage rationing representative. Adorning the tables were autumn leaves made by the Standard School P. T. A. with Mrs. L. Herndon acting as chairman. Psychiatrist Will Speak at Hospital Dr. Richard Lowenberg, psychiatrist of the Kern County Public Health Department, will speak tonight at 8 p. m. at the assembly hall at Kern General Hospital under the auspices of the Kern County Mental Hygiene Society. His subject will be, "The Mind of tho Injured Man." The meeting Is open to the public. Announcement of a watercolor p.x- hibition by the noted artist. Miss AK'xandra Bradshaw, at the Bakers- Held Art Association gallery on Sunday was made today by Mrs. W. D. Kleinpell, association chairman of j exhibitions. The exhibit, which includes Pacific coast and Mexican landscapes and marine studies, will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday October S, in the gallery at Chester avenue and Seventeenth street. The show will also be open from 7 to 9 p. m. on Tuesday and Thursday of next week, Mrs. Kleinpell said. Admission to the showing will bo by membership card only with cards on sale at the door for $2 each. Miss Bradshaw is head of the Fresno State College art department and has had her work shown at exhibition centers on the Pacific coast and in New York. The artist is a member of the Laguna Beach artists' colony. She will be present at the opening exhibition of her watercolors here on Sunday, according to Mrs. Kleinpell. The showing will mark the first since the opening of the newly remodeled gallery rooms last week. Local Civitan Club Plans Ladies' Night November 11 has been designated as tho date for a special "Ladies' Night" program by the Bakersfield Civitan Club, President H. N. Williams announced at the regular meeting this week. The affair is tentatively slated for the palm room of tho Bakersfield Inn and will be restricted exclusively for members of the Civitan Club and their wives. Chairman and subcommittees will be announced within a short time, Williams said. Meanwhile, a new arrangement for weekly programs has been put in effect by Phil Neiderauer, program chairman. Each member of tho organization will present one program during the year. Heretofore the program committee had been charged with the responsibility of securing all the programs and the new arrangement is expected to distribute more evenly the responsibility. Program chairmen for the balance of this month are Johnny Smith, Tom Springer and George Gordon. First meeting in each month will be a closed business meeting for the members, Williams announced. Precinct Reports Given at Republican Workers Meet The meeting, shared by more than 60 precinct workers of Metropolitan Bakersfield at headquarters of the Kern County Republican Central Committee, 1709 Chester avenue, last evening was featured by detailed reports of precinct work and plans mapped for the coming month. Chairman Philip M. Wagy, presided. Chairman Wagy announced plans for the reception of Lieutenant-Governor Frederick F. Houser In Kern county next Wednesday, October 11, and for the visit of Governor John Brlcker to this city on October 19. The lieutenant-governor will be honored at breakfast in Delano, and will share a luncheon with 200 residents of the West.,Slde in Taft, and deliver a public address in Bakersfield Wednesday evening. Following the address to be given in Jefferson Parli, Mr. Houser will be the honor guest at a reception at Bakersfield Inn. As»em£ly nut n Thomas H. Werdel and Mrs. Albert S. Goode, chairman of the Kern county unit of Pro America, tire co-chairmen In Bakersfield for the HuiiMer program and reception. Lawrence Lake will be chairman of the Brick or Day event. and will announce members of bis committee during the coming week. Mrs. Gerald Arlano and Horace G. Bates, who are in charge of the precinct organization, were introduced by Mr. Wagy. Precinct workers presented reports and an "open forum" was conducted by William B. Buerkle. Both Mr. Buerkle and Mr. Lake spoke briefly, and other members of the central committee participating in the evening's meeting were Dana Bing, Vincent DiGiorgio, Mrs. Goode, Mrs. Harry Hammett and Mrs. George Suman. Mrs. John Ozanich, executive secretary, assisted 'with the serving of refreshments at the close of the meeting. As he opened the meeting, Mr. Wagy outlined the background of the present national campaign and traced the relation of the local campaign to both state and national activities. He also reported organizations in Taft, Arvin, Shafter, Wasco, Delano, Buttonwillow, Randsburg, Mojave, Tehachapi, and for the first time, In the North-of-the-Rlver district. He also called attention to the Negro Voters League: which has its headquaretrs at 929 California, avenue. Park Site for Board Studied Officials Consider Central, Weill Parks for Ration Unit Compromise locations for Hie consolidated ration board to be formed by tbe merger of the Bakersfield, East Bakers- lield and Oildale boards include sites at Central Park and Alplionse Weill Park, Twenty-sixth and P streets. Locations previously under consideration were the fair- in'oumls and the offices of the East l.>nkt>rsUel(l ration board. Location nt Central Park has been proposed by \\. C. Willis, councilman appointed by the City Council Monday to investigate possible sites. Arlvuntnees of this compromise location cited by Mr. Willis nre its central location, 1 mile from the court house and I mile from the East Bakersfiold ration board, and the fact that a carline runs directly to Central Park. The Central Park site was proposed at a meeting, Wednesday afternoon, of City Manager Vance Van Riper, Councilman W. C. Willis and Councilman dus Vercammen. Also present were Al Holman, chairman of the East Bakersfield ration board, and Josh Clarke, of the East Bakersfield board. Possibilities of constructing a temporary building on the site were discussed. It was estimated that the cost of labor and materials would come to about $3200, and that the wrecking value in two or three years would be about 51500. Center Location It was pointed out that Central Park is approximately in the population center of this area. Location at Alphonse Weill Park was proposed as another possible alternative. Chief advantage of this site is that it is slightly closer to the Oildale group than Central Park. It was emphasized by Mr. Van Riper that discussions this week are merely preliminary Investigations, and that nothing can be decided until the matter is brought up before the Board of Supervisors and the City Council Monday. The compromise locations have been proposed since a deallock developed Monday In the Board of Supervisors meeting between those advocating location at the fairgrounds and the proponents of location at the present offices of the East Bakersfield ration board. The fairgrounds site was recommended by the district office of the OP A in Fresno as the most convenient for residents of Bakersfield, East Bakersfield and Oildale. The Oildale group, in particular, has favored location at the fairgrounds. Favor Present Site Representatives of the East Bakersfield ration board, on the other hand, favored location at the present offices of that board since it was felt East Bakersfleld already has the largest and most efficient organization in the county. The Board o£ Supervisors decided Monday to postpone decision to next Monday. The City Council went on record as favoring a compromise location, and appointed Mr. Willis to investigate possible sites. Inquest Conducted in Petersen Death Coroner's inquest into the death of Peter Arthur Petersen, 3C, who was killed in an automobile accident Wednesday night near Lebec, was held today at 2 p. in. Outcome of the inquest will be announced later. Funeral services will be conducted October 7 at 10 a. m. at Flickinger- Digiei- Chapel, the Reverend John Murdoch officiating. Soloist will bo Mrs. Otis Hymer und organist Mrs. A. R. Hoisington. Interment will be in Union Cemetery. Surviving Air. Petersen are his widow, Mrs. Valerie Petersen, 3005 Alta Vista Drive: his mother, Mrs. Peter Petersen, Denver, Colo.; two sons, Arthur M. Petersen and Martin R. Petersen, both of Bakersfield; .two sisters, Mrs. Leonora Stahl, Denver. Colo.; Mrs Minii Wollmar, Germany. Man Robbed of Wallet, $500, Police Report T. V. Frolov of Hotel Padre reported to the police department that he was struck, knocked down and robbed of his wallet containing $500 at 1900 H street last night, department officials stated today. He was unable to give a description of his assailant or assailants. KILLED IN ACTION—Technical Sergeant Vernon E. Smith, Jr., has been killed in action in the European area, according to a report from the war department through Associated Press, Sergeant Smith had trained at Boise. Idaho, ami left here for England last December, where he was a radio gunner on a Liberator. He had been reported missing in action over France last April. Hi« mother. Mrs. Lulu M. Smith, resides at 1523 Nlles,_ street.

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