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PIPEFULS (Wednesday. October 18, 1944) —Air Corns Photo Captain John II. Lane Captain Jack Lane, whom I regard as one of the top fighter pilots of California and certainly one of the greatest from Kern county, Is now stationed at the 1 Chico Army Air Field. In the Pacific, during the tough early days— he was at Henderson Field Guadalcanal when the Japs shelled it from the nearby hills—Captain Lane flew on 250 combat missions. That's more than some pilots have hours in the air. His combat hours of flying time totaled more than C50. Jack Lane holds the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Clusters, the Air Medal and three Clusters, and a Presidential Citation. He was at Wewak and Rabaul and New Guinea. He has also shot down more than six Japanese fighter planes. His home here is at 221 Truxtun avenue. Staff Sergeant Harry T. Randour Staff Sergeant Harry T. Randour, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Eandour, 2011 Kern street, is shown here receiving the Air Medal from Major James W. Yan- die, his executive officer. Sergeant Randour is a ball turret gunner with the Fifteenth Air Force flying on a Liberator. i John Kolstad John E. Kolstad writes me . from somewhere in the Atlantic: "Mother sends me your column every once in a while and I can't tell you how much I enjoy it, I haven't been to dear old Bakersfield in two years and am dying to get back just like ail of us. "Of all the home-town boys that are over here, the only one I have met in five years service is James Tarpley of Casa Loma whqpi I joined up with in 1939. We are both chief petty officers. "Say hello to all the gang." Robert Webster First Lieutenant Robert H. Webster, 511 Lincoln avenue, Oildale, has been awarded the Air Medal and five Clusters for his services with the A. - A. F.s oldest B-26 bomber group in the Twelfth Air Force. Bob has been overseas more than 11 months and has been on 63 missions. John Putnian Marine veterans of two years' service in the Pacific, two Bakersfield boys are now reported back in the states at San Diego. They are: Corporal John J. Putinan, veteran of the i-aipan and Tinian campaigns with 27 months overseas. He is the son of Clara Put•man, Box 850, Route 3. Jim Venable The other is James William Venable, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Tilley, 1108 Dobrusky Drive, who has been overseas 33 months, including Saipan and Tinian. Walter Hicks First Lieutenant Walter Hicks, of this city, who was stationed at Gardner Field for months, is now at the Kearns, Utah, A. A. F. overseas replacement depot. He writes that his wife will mail him the front and back pages of The Call- fornian—the "local" and editorial pages. "All kidding aside, I know that The Californian is scattered .over the world and brings many boys closer to home. Keep up the good work and let me hear from you," he concludes his nice letter. Kewpie Blair •"Dear Jhn: "I'm kind of a forgotten man, out here on the Hi-way and don't get around any more to find out just what the score is, so when I get to wondering about something somehow or other, I just think of Pipefuls and you and 'try to find out.' "Of course, I know you are a very busy man with your column and other janitor duties around The Californian, but then, the boys 'over there" is helping you a lot with the Pipefuls, so maybe you will find time to answer this one. "Are there any plans being made for 'more concrete seats' at the Griffith Stadium? Seems as though it's about time we had the other side built up. It's only been a short time since we ran up and down the sidelines at the old Recreation ball park. Then that nice stadium. Now I notice the Howling Who-Who's have edged over another half section, owing " to the increased population of school kids, and its hard to get seats any more. And after that wonderful game (although we did get beat), I'm afraid the 'Bast Side Progressive' Club will get an idea that they ohould have a stadium and if 'they' ever get that idea, they will build one with 'seats on both sides' and get the dough over there too. Them birds never sleep over there, and now that Gus Vercammen has.sold out, he may start something, just to keep busy. "Sincerely 'You? Pipeful Column Fan.' "KEWPIE BLAIR." Rent Fights Rents Skyrocketing in Kern Since Repeal of Ordinance, Report By BARBARA BECKETT With the city and county rent control ordinances repealed, the question of what should be done in this area to cope with an already chaotic situation has been the source of violently conflicting arguments in the past few days. Opinions range from assertion that rents here are already skyrocketing with landlords taking advantage of the situation, to statements that rent control here is not necessary and that rents are too low. Edward Kelly, real estate agent, takes the latter viewpoint. He stated today that rent control in Bakersfield and Kern county Is quite unnecessary, and Is justifiable only in those areas such as Los Angeles and San Francisco where the great Influx of workers in war Industries causes a real housing shortage. "Extension of rent control to Bakersfield Is a purely bureaucratic plan to extend the dictatorial powers of the government," he said. "If rents here are allowed to regulate themselves, nobody will get hurt." He stated that building costs have increased 30 per cent since the war started, maintenance proportionately, and taxes are higher. "Therefore it is unfair to demand that landlords charge less rent than before the war," Mr. Kelly said. "As a whole, rents are too low now." Mr. Kelly promised that local landlords will put up a fight if the OPA attempts to intrude here. However, he expressed the opinion that the OPA was bluffing. He said that if OPA control is extended here, it will be an extreme example of waste of taxpayers' money. Is Necessary Harry Sheehan, special investigator for the local rent control boards, said that rent control here is necessary since a minority group of unscrupulous landlords will take advantage of the situation to raise rents, if there is no control. He said that he had been assured Continued on Page Thirteen KILLED IN KERN PAPS S. P. WORKER DIES IN LOCAL HOSPITAL Philipe Esquivel, 23, member of Section 18, Southern Pacific Railroad, suffered a fatal skull fracture while loading rails with his section gang on Edison Highway Tuesday at 1:50 a. m., according to officials at Kern General Hospital, where he died later that afternoon. A Sunday fatality was George Alexander Oakes, 33, Long Beach, who was killed in a collision between his truck and a Santa Fe train at Jastro Crossing and Callaway Road at 4:50 a. m. Reports on the accident were not received by the highway patrol headquarters until late yesterday, attaches reported. The body was taken to Long Beach for services and interment at Sunnyside Memorial Park, by Flickinger-Digler Chapel. Mr. Oakes is survived by his widow, Mrs. Erma Oakes, and six sons and daughters. Douglas Bishop, 26, Lamont, is in Kern General Hospital today with a head injury, as a result of a collision of his car with a telephone pole on Edison Highway 1.8 miles east of Weed Patch Highway today at 1:50 a. m., according to the California Highway Patrol. When her motorcycle struck a dog on Weed Patch Highway, Tuesday, at 7:45 p. m., Hazel Lawhorn, 20, of Watsonville, fell to the pavement receiving a shoulder injury and possible skull fracture. She is in Kern General Hospital where officials reported the accident. Man Sentenced on Sanitary Code Charge Harry Robinson, owner of a house court, 600 East Ninth street, as- sertedly having ignored orders from Kern County Health Department, was given 60 days suspended sentence providing he comply with all health department orders, it was announced today by Clifford F. Baughman, deputy health officer, Kern County Health Department. Mr. Robinson was charged with leaving an open cesspool at the courts on Ninth street. This action violates a regulation of the city sanitary code. LOCAL SECTION BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1944 PAGES 7 TO 14 Former Pastor of St. Paul's Church to Speak Tonight By MAE SAUNDERS Renowned as a world traveler and lecturer as well as a churchman, Canon Reverend Edward Morgan, visiting Bakersfield today and scheduled to speak tonight at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, recalled early days of his pastorate here and the genuine sincerity of the city's earliest residents who aided in establishing the local edifice. The Reverend Father Morgan was pastor at St. Paul's church from 1898 to 1905 and was the builder of the local church that stands today as one of Bakersfield's beloved church edifices and has Inspired artists to capture its old and lovely lines. The Reverend Father Morgan, who tended the early spiritual life of Bakersfield, has also served royalty, and has served in churches in many parts of the world. Cares for Refugees He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of England and in returning to America in 1940, after the London blitz, he shepherded a flock >,f English refugee children to safety in Canada and the United States, duplicating with his kindliness and thoughtfulness a story similar to that known to Americans in the film "Journey for Margaret." The Reverend Father Morgan would be the first to disclaim any storybook qualities, but he is typical of the spiritual mentors who have created true devotion for Christian ideals. His first pastorate was St. Paul's Church here, following his ordination at the Church of St. Mathews in San Mateo in 1897. He came to a small frame building, and as a builder, he brought into existence the present brick structure of lovely architectural design and set it in a typical English garden. Among his early parishoners were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Harrell, still members of the local parish, and A. Ambrose of East Bakersfield who encouraged the East Bakersfield Episcopal chapel and housed it on his property. Established 3 Chapels The Reverend Father Morgan, who had 100 parishoners when he first came, left the local church with 400 members and with chapels established in East Bakersfield, Greenfield, and Rosedale where he conducted services. After leaving here in 1905, he went to New York where he served under Dr. Thomas Manning, now bishop of New York. For two years he was senior curate at St. Agnes' chapel, a part of Trinity Parish in New York. Following the earthquake and fire in San Francisco, the Reverend Father Morgan returned to the Pacific coast where in the devastated city he became a builder again and erected the present St. Luke's church that still serves the faithful at the corner of Van Ness and Clay street. While at St. Luke's he represented :he church at San Quentin. One of tils favorite stories is that while he was resident in London, he mentioned to an English lady that he stood on the gallows four times, to which she replied with amazement, "How extraordinary, how did you escape?" The Reverend Father Morgan at this time was also warden to the Sisters of St. Savior. Serves Royalty When he left St. Luke's in 1922 and went to England, he served in London at St. George's Church, Hanover Square, and there Princess Mary Louise, the daughter of Princess Christian, and granddaughter TO SPEAK HERE—Canon Reverend Edward Morgan, former pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, will speak on "Why England Fights" at a public meeting at the church tonight at 8 p. m. of Queen Victoria, attended services. He served with the King's Guards at Chelsea Barracks at the request of the Assistant Chaplain General of the Courses. He later served in other London churches, also in England's rural areas. He was destined to carry the gos pel to many corners of the world and has even retraced his steps in travel. He returned two years ago to Amarillo, Texas, where he was a cowboy as a lad of 19, and made local history by "swiping" all the pies p pompous, cookie made in order to invite pleasure from a visiting ranch superintendent. As a cowboy, he dug post holes, branded cattle, and "killed a cow," much against his gentler feelings. He knew none of the college paths to the religious life, but coming to a new country, he became imbued with the builder spirit that he carried back to England. . Faith Being Rebuilded During the worst part of the air warfare, when he saw many churches destroyed, and rebuilded, he carried on the tradition and believes that faith is being rebuilded and expanded in the English people. During his years abroad, he traveled extensively on the continent and went Into Africa and Tunisia. He once conducted Easter services in Fez, the capital of Morocco, In the British consulate there. Morocco, in the springtime with its lush green fields of grasses and flowers, reminded him of Bakersfield and Kern county, he said. He said that the first wheels ever introduced into Morocco were the wheels of the fly- Ing machine, as there were no wagons nor motor cars to span the era from camels to airplanes. In returning to America on a Canadian liner crowded with English refugee children, h's ship was sighted by a submarine that Was chased away by the English destroyer escort. He saw "happy end- Ing" written to the story of one of his young charges who entered high school at Santa Barbara, met a young student whom she later married. He sees a close unity between England and America after this war, and declares "that the democracies must hold together. The British commonwealth of nations would have perished without America." Camp Cites Winter Potato Shortage inShafter Talk A shortage in potatoes will develop this winter but this will not mean increased planting, because the inter harvest will tnke up the slack and other food surpluses will be present to offset any advantage to the industry. This message was brought last night to Kern county potato grow- Gardner Field Cadet Killed in Crash Aviation Cadet Leonard L. Johnson, 22, was killed this morning when his basic trainer crashed 2 miles north of Buena Vista Lake vhile on a routine training flight i-orn Gardner Field, it was an- lounced today by Lieutenant-Colonel Howard J. Bechtel, commanding officer of Gardner Basic Flying School, army air forces training command. The crash occurred at L0:35 a. m. Cadet Johnson is the son of Mrs. 3dna Lindstrom, 79 Hendley Terrace, Irvington, N. J. He was a nember of class 45-A. A board has >een appointed to determine the cause of the accident, Colonel Sechtel stated. NICHOLS WOUNDED Private First Class Boyce Nichols ms been wounded, according to a report from the war department through Associated Press. His wife, Mrs. Audrey F. Nichols, resides in Shatter. Christian Service Center Visited by 150 in Week By ARLINE KANER More than 150 men in uniform seeking relaxation, food, a place to sleep or some advice, found what they were looking for at the spacious, comfortably furnished, Christian Service Center, 1919 I street, last week. The recreation center, which was begun, by the Gideon Society last June was turned over to a council of church representatives recently by the society. Non-Denominational The center is non-denominational and, is sponsored by a group of churches including the Rosedale and East Bakersfield Mennonite churches, the Bakersfield Full Gospel Tabernacle, the Oildale, Shatter and Bakersfield First Baptist churches and Bakersfield Christian Church whose members take turns in furnishing entertainment, food and service for the boys. Saturday night, the choir of the Bakersfield First Baptist Church will entertain, announces Peter Da vies, who recently assumed charge of the center. Supervises Workers Mr. Davies, an ordained Methodist minister who has in recent years done evangelistic work in San Bernardino, and who assumed his duties at the center last week, supervises the volunteer workers, arranges inspirational services for Sunday mornings, hands out Invitations to servicemen on the streets and works in the kitchen, makes beds and given his counsel-freely to those who need advice. He and Mrs. Davies have plans for making the center more attractive, which . includes banging pictures on the walls and obtaining a time piece, one of the most difficult problems confronting them. They want to make the center "a place like home." ers who thronged the Shatter High School auditorium to hear W. B. Camp, national advisory committeeman for the War Food Administration and the Office of Price Administration, in an authoritative and complete "report from Washington." Mr. Camp presented a complete picture of the potato outlook and plans for the coming season from the Washington angle, having just returned from the nation's capital after conferences with federal officials and attending meetings of the potato advisory committee. Tracing the steps by which Kern county potato growers have secured representations of their and speedy solution of problems them in Washington, Mr. Camp brought the history down to the immedate recommendations made by the committee to the War Food Administration and Office of Price Administration for the forthcoming harvest. The committee, he said, recommended that the 1945 price support program be continued as long as the war lasts and be confined to those growers having a 1944 potato growing history, with the exception of returning war veterans, who will be allowed in on the same basis. Details of the 1945 program should be published well in advance of the season. The schedule of support prices, declared another recommendation, should not be less than 90 per cent of parity, and If it is necessary to establish a loan program, shippers and growers should not be required to take the full amount of the loan. Emphatic opposition was voted to any permit system. The final recommendation to the WFA was the appeal that army quartermasters be instructed to make their commitments now instead of after the harvest begins, so that plans may be laid accordingly. Turning to the committee's recommendations to the OPA, Mr. Camp declared that an increase from 6 to 12 cents per hundredweight was urged for early potato risk in transit and that protective services be provided in ceiling prices. The committee also recommended that the "catastrophe clause" permit a 15 per cent increase in the ceiling price and no more, and that the increase on storage potatoes to be marketed between the seasons be increased from 60 cents to $1. Passed unanimously and with considerable emphasis was the resolution of the committee that all floor and celling prices revisions by the Continued on Pag* Thirteen $600,000,000 Earmarked for Kern Projects Budget for Work on Friant-Kern, Arvin-Edison Canals, Isabella Dam Outlined by U. S. Bureau of Reclamation Chief S. A. Kerr A budget of more than $600,000,000 in postwar construction that might even get under way before the close of hostilities if the "go ahead" signal finally comes through from the War Production Board on the Friant-Kern canal was outlined here today by S. A. Kerr, acting chief of the branch of project planning, and R. P. Bryan, his assistant, serving the United States bureau of reclamation. The three immediate projects under consideration are: A total of $54,000,000 for the construction of the Friant- Kern canal as soon as authorization is granted by the War Production Board. A total of $10,000,000 for construction of the Arvin-Edison canal, marked as a federal project "if the local people can get together on use of the water." Third project is the Isabella dam project to cost $7,500,000 or $9.fiOO,- 000 dependent upon the method of supplying water for the operation of the Borel power plant as the proposed construction will inundate the present supply canal. The Friant-Kern canal will carry water eventually from the delta of the Sacramento river by way of a canal to Mendota with a planned trade of waters In the upper reaches to supply water to Kern county areas. Recently formed was a Kern county water committe whose declared purpose is "to get water into this area and to consolidate efforts behind obtaining the Friant-Kern canal." Agreement Hoped "At the present time, J. A. Krug, head of the War Production Board can't see justification for construction of the Kern-Friant canal, but we are hopeful that agreement will be reached between the War Food Administration nnd the WPB in favor of construction," said Mr. Kerr. "Marvin Jones, head of the War Food Administration, seems to favor the early construction, but what will happen seems to be a matter of pure conjecture at the present time," said Mr. Kerr. "The chief interest of the Bureau of Reclamation is to serve the people and we will bend every effort to obtain what they want. We also want to emphasize that the Bureau of Reclamation operates under laws in effect since 1902 that guarantee full respect for water rights of indl- vidaals in connection with any project undertaken by the bureau of reclamation. Co-operation With Local Groups "We are seeking to work in close co-operation with local interests but we cannot do for the people anything that they'do not want." The $600,000,000 postwar program will go into operation immediately following the close of hostilities, while the oft-quoted $1,500,000,000 figure for the Central Valley Project extensions will cover the long-term program of construction for the overall development of California's water resources, the bureau men said. Possible Dam Sites The project planners reported that investigations have been made by bureau engineers of 40 possible dam and reservoir sites in the Central Valley Project watershed, and that definite conclusions are yet to be reached to bring about a maximum use of the region's water supply. Use of the water resources for irrigation and power development are contained in the basic plan to provide approximately 21,000,000 acre-feet of storage serving about 5,000,000 acres of irrigable land. The two reclamation bureau men spent Tuesday inspecting the prospective site of the Isabella reservoir located on Kern river 54 miles above Bakersfield. The dam site is located i miles below the junction of the main river and the south fork. Approximate Quantities As tentatively proposed by the bureau of reclamation, the reservoir would involve the following works, and approximate quantities: Reservoir, total capacity 550,000 acre feet of water covering a maximum area of 11,200 acres; main dam, earth fill, crest length, 1650 feet and height above stream bed 158 feet; auxiliary dam crest length 2700 feet and height above natural ground 65 feet. "The Isabella reservoir will provide a substantially increased supply of irrigation water for the downstream users, a large amount of flood protection for all areas subject to Hooding from Bakersfield to Tulare lake and Improved power output characteristics for the three existing plants below Isabella reservoir as well as the additional output at the Continued on Pace Thirteen G. P. Engineer Dies at Home in Gorman Roy McSweeney, 52, engineer at the Quail station of the General Petroleum Corporation, Mountain division, died October 10 at his home near Gorman, according to word received here today. He had been a line rider and engineer for the company for 22 years, having come to California with his sister from Galveston, Texas, after the Galveston flood which killed the rest of his family. He lived in San Francisco and Sacramento and finally settled in Lebec where 15 years ago he bought a ranch facing Quail lake on Lancaster Road. Mr. McSweeney was active In drafting defense plans for Kern county and served as an officer in the Los Angeles county eheriff's mounted posse. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Flora McSweeney, a son, Roy Mo- Sweeney, and daughter, Joy McSweeney. Interment was October 12 in Woodlawn Cemetery. WITH US TODAY Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Harbour. Tucson, Ariz. Visiting. Bakersfield Inn. V. M. Sayer, Houston. Texas. Business. Bakersfield Inn. -Mrs. Verne .1. Smart, Milwaukie, Ore. Visiting. Porterfleld hotel. Sergeant Al Prara, Half Moon Bay, Visiting. Porterfield hotel. K. A. Jacobs and C. R. Mrltride, Los Angeles. Business. Hotel El Tejon. TO CLIMAX DRIVE WAR CHEST WORKERS TO MEET AT EL TEJON Several hundred faithful war chest workers who have been soliciting pledges and donations for the Bakersfield War Chest will rally at 6:15 p. m. tonight to count the dollars that they hope will make up the $38,989 deficit that stands against the local quota of $120,000. Final report dinner will be held at 6:15 p. m., at Hotel El Tejon. "It will take heroic measures on the part of every worker and on the part of every citizen to make this quota," William J. Elgar, chairman of the war chest said today in •making a plea for every citizen to contribute a Share. "This is no dollar per capita campaign for there are many human beings scattered over the earth that need the help that your American dollars can give," said Robert Cottom, director of public relations, today. President Roosevelt has called upon all Americans to demonstrate that there is "no let-down in the spirit and unity of this country" by contributing more than ever before to the national and community war funds. In a message broadcast nationally last night, Mr. Roosevelt said the funds this year are needed urgently to aid services assisting American fighting men and to help the long suffering peoples of the United Nations. Hailing the voluntary nature of the drives as demonstrative of "democracy at its best," he said he realized that in a period when the "approach to victory" can be seen, it may seem more of a burden to measure up to war jobs and responsibilities. But, he added, "our gift to our community war fund is one way to show that there is no letdown in the spirit and unity of this country." Lieutenant Hugo List, who tended boys as chaplain on the battle fronts in the south Pacific area, will be the chief speaker at the dinner tonight at Hotel El Tejon. Chairman Elgar will preside. Minter Field band will provide tho music. Sergeant Collins Gets DFC, Reported Missing Sergeant Walter E. Collins, 1610 Camino Primavera Drive, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Sergeant Collins, a member of the United States Eighth Air Force, was reported missing in action July 12, 1944, in an announcement by the war department through Associated Press. SERVICE SINCE BIRTH—Shown above is Gerald Kesterson, 13, who presents the flag each Sunday morning at the altar of the First Unity Temple Sunday School. Gerald, Who has been a member of the Sunday school since birth, is a member of Boy Scout Troop No 6 and attends Washington Junior High School. The first dollar earned by the boy, as a newsboy for The Bakersfield Californian, was put into the United building fund. His brother, Lewis Kesterson, now in the United States Navy also attended the Sunday school from the age of 10. Presentation of the flag Gerald carries each Sunday was made in 1931 in a ceremony by Hurlbert Relief Corps. BAKERSFIELI) PROMISES FIGHTING MEN HOMES—Mayor Alfred Siemon, responding for a civic group that met with representatives of the Four Hundred and Twelfth Fighter Group yesterday at Hotel El Tejon, promised all civic support and co-operation of citizens in finding homos for men who have been on fighting fronts in the south Pacific and now want to reside permanently in Bakersfield, Local citizens with rooms, apartments or parts of their own houses to share are asked to call the USO. Left to right, in the.group are Lieutenant K. J. Morelli, billeting officer of Minter Field, Major Edwin J. McMahon, who made the plea for homes for the war veterans; Art Mason, Lawrence Lake, Bob Cottom, Major Wynn D; Miller, Mayor Siemon, (standing). Colonel Homer A. Boushey, commanding officer of the group; Lieutenant Hugo List, Lieutenant A. B. McCreary, Mrs. H. C. Gardner, Mrs. Hugh E. Nation, Mrs. Lawrence Marston, Frank Harrison, Mrs. R. E. Ferguson and Miss Dorothy McAdams. HOMES NEEDED FOR OVERSEAS VETERANS, FAMILIES IN CITY BAKERSFIELD RESIDENTS ASKED TO OPEN DOORS TO MEN STATIONED AT KERN BASE Defendants Get Jury Decision in Suit A suit for $52,530 damages and loss of wages was decided by jury trial against the plaintiff, J. J. Fields, yesterday in Judge Robert B. Lam- sert's Superior Court, Department 1. The suit was brought against Hyman, Julius and Samuel Baskin following a truck collision in August, 1942, in which Fields claimed he was permanently injured and his earning capacity impaired. The jury was out 40 minutes yesterday afternoon at the conclusion of the 2-day trial. Members of the lury were E. H. Hendrickson, fore- nan, Mrs. Ethel L. Reese, Mrs. Lucia F. Tallman, Mrs. Lillian H. Beardsley, Roscoe E. Arnold, Mrs. Esther C. Crabtree, John F. Me- •vanna, Mrs. Annabelle Perry, Alfred J. Polkinghorne, Mrs. Ora Lucille Beaty, Roy W. London, and Edward C. Champion. Harry Myers, West and Vizzard were attorneys for the defendants. Kern Hospital Group Slates Barbecue • Health department at Kern General Hospital is planning a barbecue and Halloween party Thursday night it 7:30 p. in. at Kern County Golf lub, the former Boy Scout Reservation. Forty "members and guests are expected to share the steak feast which will be followed by games appropriate to the October holiday. Homer F. Harrison heads the arrangements committee, assisted by Mrs. Ruth Smith and Mrs. Laura Bolt. CITY SCHOOLS GET $412,629 $1910 PAID FOR EACH TEACHER IN DISTRICT Appeal to Bnkorsfield residents to open their doors to men of the Four Hundred and Twelfth Fighter Squadron who have returned from battlefronts and will have the first opportunities to be reunited with their families in many months was made yesterday by Major Edwin J. McMahon, public relations officer of the group, at a civic luncheon at Hotel El Tejon. "We know ninny Bukersfield people consider army people here today anil gone tomorrow, but you can consider us as permanent residents of Bakersfield for we will be stationed here to do a permanent job in the training program of the army air force," said the major in making a plea for approximately 400 living units in the form of rooms, apart ment sor houses for army personnel. "We have been doing our share to fight for the things that Bakers field represents. We do want to establish our own homes now and we are asking Bakersfield folk to help us do that. We found the housing shortage in Bakersfield critical. We are responsible and willing to take our responsibilities in connec tion with any rental property we may use. "We will use the USO as a clearing house for all lists of rooms, houses, apartments. We will have an officer go, at the termination of any rental, and inspect the prop erty and the army will see that restitution is made for any damage done upon the complaint of a landlord. "We are co-operating with Minter Field and Lieutenant F. J. Morelli, billeting officer of the field, is assist ing- us in finding homes In Bakersfield and maintaining the proper liaison with the community. "We hope to see at some future time, the building restrictions released here as we are fully aware that Bakersfield is much more a center of war industries and effort than seems to be generally realized. We hope to see more building allocated here to help the local situation. Colonel Homer A. Boushey, commanding officer of the Four Hundred and Twelfth Fighter Group, said that he already felt himself a part of Bakersfield as his forebears, his great-grandparents are buried at Union Cemetery and he visited their graves there. These pioneers In the community were the late Mr. and Mrs. Etienne Boushey. Co-operation Promised Mayor Alfred Siemon promised the full co-operation and resources of the city will be used to help the war veterans find homes here and others present, representing civic and service clubs, fraternal and patriotic organization concurred in willingness lo assist. A committee will be formed of representatives of the various organizations to carry on the procurement of homes for the men stationed here who wish to have their families with them. Among those who attended the meeting were: Lawrence F. Lake, Robert Cottom, Major Wynn D. Miller, Mayor Alfred Siemon, Colonel Boushey, Lieutenant Hugo A. List, Lieutenant Alfred B. McCreary, Mrs. El. C. Gardner, Mrs. Hugh Nations. Mrs. Lawrence Marston, Frank Harrison, Mrs. R. E. Ferguson, Miss Dorothy McAdams, W. S. Rattray, Ralph Smith, Mrs. Viola Rose, Art Mason and others. Other organizations are being invited to select representatives for the general committee that is being formed. The Bakersfield City Elementary school district this year is receiving an average of $1910 per teacher unit from the state treasury of each of the 216-teacher units in the district on which state aid for 1944-1945 is based, California Taxpayers Association stated today, continuing its analysis of Proposition No. 9 on the November ballot and the adequacy of present state support for elementary school districts. The total amount paid by the state to the district this year is $412,629. Average daily attendance on which aid is based is 6761. Local property taxes are in addition to the amounts the state provides. The 1943 Legislature Increased state support for the elementary school districts in California 10 pet- cent, state support for the local elementary school district averaging $1917 per teacher unit for 1943-1944 and totaling $358,501, based on 187 teacher units. In 1932-1933, the year before the contitutionally-required state support for elementary school districts was doubled, the state gave the local elementary district $887 per teacher unit, a total of $117,995 based on 133 teacher units. "Right now a study of the present school administration and organization setup Is being made by the state reconstruction and re-employment commission," the taxpayers organization said. "This study was authorized by the Legislature. "In acting on Proposition No. 9, California voters will have to consider whether they want to patch up the state system of school finance by ballooning the already generous appropriations further or want to wait until this official study is completed." Young's Bird Places Top in 100-Mile Race Starting its young bird racing season off with the first 100-mile race from Fresno, Sunday October 15, was the Bakersfield Racing Pigeon Club with 15 lofts entered, and 132 birds, it was announced today. Coming in for first place was the bird of Wash Young, with 1079.19 yards per minute, while 1052.96 yards pur minute, was the time set by the second place winner, the pigeon of Francis Ballard. Placing third was W. A. French's bird, which made a time of 1059, followed by the bird of Bill French, whose time was 1049.23 yards per minute. In fifth place was a bird belonging to Vernon B. Nance, Jr., which set a time of 1045.06 yards' per minute. Wet Water Color Be Studied Wet water color technique will be studied by the adult painting class of Mrs. Ruth Emerson tonight at 7:30 in room 103 of the Bakersfield High School library building, it was announced today. The class is jointly sponsored by the Bakersfield Evening School and the Bakersfield Art Association. Instruction in the water-color class is free. Members of the class will take up water color painting on wet paper in tonight's course, Mrs. Emerson said. Union Cemetery NON-PROFIT CORPORATION PERPETUAL CARE .View Its Lovely Landscaped Grounds Gardens and Flowers and Gem like Lakes See Oar Monument Diiplajr Near the Office Phone 7-7185

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