Oroville Mercury Register from Oroville, California on September 30, 1940 · 1
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Oroville Mercury Register from Oroville, California · 1

Oroville, California
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Monday, September 30, 1940
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VALLEY FORECAST In case your paper is not delivered by the regular carrier Telephone 6 Before 6 P M and a paper will be delivered to you by special carrier Volume 47 No 231 Fair tonight and Tuesday temperature slightly above normal Light northerly wind -Register- (Additional Weather and River Data found on Classified Page) Oroville California Monday Evening September 30 1940 Established 1873 Local Port On Tentative L S List SPECIAL SERVICE t Big Project Aimed At By Local Group Improvements Here Would Cost $99200 Says U P Dispatch Oroville’s Municipal Airport is flown on the tentative list of the Civil Aeronautics Board for a $99-200 project according to a United Press dispatch from Washington received today Three other Sacramento valley cities ace on the list as follows: Coming $60000 Redding $59500 and Willows $93650 In aU 83 California ports are listed as development or expansion projects at a total cost of $20-029970 the board disclosed today The projects are all tentative ajid are dependent on congressional appropriations it- was pointed out in Washington Congress already has provided $00000000 to start the program nationally during the current fiscal year The board estimates It will cost $521000000 to complete the program PROJECT SENT IN In this connection it was learned that S J Norris city engineer at the suggestion of the city council recently sent in a project subject to approval by the War Department and the aeronautics board that called for cutting down the present landing field to a 1 gTade lighting the- field construction of a hangar and concrete iiprons for warming up planes The estimated cost of these improvements was near $200000 It was said Norris asked that the project be considered as one required for national defense citing the location of the field as midway between the southern and northern air bases close to the Sacramento air base and within ip minutes flight of the Pacific ocean as well as at the terminus of a transcontinental highway The Mercury recently received from Clarence P Lea representative in congress from this district a letter stating that the budget bureau would favorably recommend funds for improvement of airports so that they can acommodate military planes He said the program will be initiated within a few weeks MONEY AVAILABLE “In fact” he added “I have been informed that the budget bureau is sending up a' recommendation that $30000000 be provided for air field improvement with right to contract for $50000000 additional during this current fiscal year" His total of $80000000 coincides with the sum given in the U P dispatch Lea had introduced a resolution to provide funds for this purpose after conferring with the Civil Aeronautics Authority Later it was concluded that the provisions of the Civil Aeronauttcs act were broad enough to authorize provision of the funds for such improvements so further action was withheld on his bill Oroville men interest in aeronautics and improvement of the airport have been watching the national situation Closely for several months with the local airport in mind FOOTBALL HIGH SCHOOL SCORES: Redding 13 Weed 13 Yuba City A 7 Grass Valley 7 Grass Valley B 6 Yuba City 0 Willows 6 Oroville 0 j Wallace Sees War Brewing s AN FRANCISCO— (UPJ — Henry A Wallace Demo cratic vice presidential candidate warned today that recent international and totalitarian developments have created “every prospect of co-ordinated moves against this hemisphere by a unified Europe and a unified Asia” He said the challenge can 4e met only by solidarity of the Americas north south and central Ruthless “land and resource hungry governments of Europe and Asia are looking on this hemisphere with greedy eyes” Wallace told the San Francisco center of the League of Women Voters on his tom' of northern California No Gold From Treasure Hunt But One Arrest John T Taylor of Willows this afternoon in Oroville justice court filed a charge against Harry Cohn of theft of $132 from Taylor between July 6 and 16 He charged the “clairvoyant" had promised to cure an ailment from which Taylor suffered and also told Taylor he was communicating with Taylor’s dead mother-in-law who was to tell Cohn and Taylor where to find hidden treasure Buried treasure hunts which didn’t produce results even with the help of “the greatest medium on earth” and a gold hunting machine owned by the complainant formed the background today In the arrest of Hajry Cohn held In the county jail on a petty theft charge Cohn 59 who advertises as The Rev George Baker the “professor who tells all” and advises the lovelorn to come see the professor “If you want to know whom to marry and when" was confident that the charge could be cleared up satisfactorily THE BUSINESS DEAL Aage V From 50 owner of the gold finding machine and the man who swore to the petty theft complaint in Oroville justice court last Sept 11 maintained that the professor had taken $76 from him June 23 during their treasure hunting and gold seeking association The money purportedly was paid for Cohn’s asserted powers of clairvoyance -— — r 1 But Cohn said the whole thing was a business arrangement from the beginriing He furnished the Information on where to start operating and From provided the machine he explained He claimed to have paid From’s expenses on treasure searches One expedition was in the vicinity of San Jose where they turned the gold machine loose in the hope that it would point to loot buried by stage robbers Cohn reported GOT SOME EXERCISE The only thing they got was exercise anfl the expense Cohn arrested in Watsonville on a warrant issued by Harry S Hills justice of the peace was brought to the county jail Saturday evening by Constable Reeves ' The prisoner he told the officer has sent to Denver for a receipt which he said was given him by From Cohn maintained that it states neither owes the other any money as a result of their treasure hunts Cohn said he sent the receipt to his wife in Denver for safekeeping N Albert Botts Former Local Rancher Dies 4 Albert Theron Botts about 74 years old died at the home of his son Frank Botts of Oakland this morning after a lingering illness He was a native of Missouri and for years was a prominent farmer In Palermo Mr Botts left this vicinity twenty years ago and had been making his home in Oakland since Survivors are two daughters Mrs George Savage of Colusa and Mrs Herbert Savage of Biggs two sons Frank Botts of Oakland and Terrill Botts of Roseville and nine grandchildren Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Hamilton and Riley’s Burial will be In the family plot in Oroville cemetery Jordan Resigns Accuses Olson SACRAMENTO- (UR) —Deputy Secretary of State Frank M Jordan today handed his resignation to Paul Peek secretary of state with the accusation he had been asked to quit in violation of Governor Olson’s “promise” to keep him In office Jordan son of the late Frank C Jordan 'who held the secretary of state position for 29 years before his death last February said the resignation would be effective Oct 31 The younger Jordan said he would be a candidate in 1942 to seek Peek’s job POULTRY SAN FRANCISCO— (UR) —Leghorn fryers 18 1-2 to 19 hens 13 1-2 to 14 roosters 9 American Navy Man Beaten By Japanese U S Files Protest Navy Families Forbidden In East By ROBERT BELLAIRE SHANGHAI— (UPJ— American naval authorities have forbidden American navy families to proceed to the Fax East it was reported today as Admiral Thomas C Hart United States Asiatic fleet commander in chief protested to the Japanese against the beating of a United States sailor by Japanese gendarmes Japanest gendarmes seized the American navy man In the business and financial district of the international settlement in which they have no legal jurisdiction Reliable informants said that he was beaten in an attempt to obtain information regarding the whereabouts of certain United States warships Japanese Indict British Subjects TOKIO — (UPJ— Ten British subjects who have been under arrest since July 27 were indicted today on charges of violating the military secret protection law the naval criminal codes and the law for the protection of military resources Several other British subjects were being detained for investigation One Japanees also was indicted and 50 others were warned about their pro-British activities Eleven bills providing a wider application of the general national mobilization law were considered today by the national mobilization council Prince Fumimaro Konoye the premier! addressing the council said that as a natural sequel to the Jap-anese-German-Itallan alliance the Japanese government must now effect a thorough reform In administrative policies In order to establish the “new national political structure" and to perfect It Public Asked To Meet Teachers At Inn Tonight Teachers in the Oroville school system will be honored at the annual Rotary club reception at Oroville Inn at 8 p m today when parents and friends of students in the three elementary school and the high school are invited to meet the instructors The reception will feature a program with teachers taking part in the entertainment and refreshments will be served The reception is bfeing held for the second time and will be an annual affair No Rotary club luncheon was held today AU Oroville residents are Invited to attend the reception J C Nisbet club entertainment chairman announced today Thieves Enter Cleaning Plant The High street plant of the Oroville laundry and dry cleaners was entered some time between 8 p m Saturday and 7 a m today It was reported to local police by C F Huntington proprietor Six suits four pairs of trousers two sweaters three shirts a coat and a dress were taken Huntington said Local police have not discovered how the thief entered the plant The doors and windows ’ were all locked and no sign of breaking In was discovered A few dollars in change was not taken Huntington said Visitor Leaves For East By Air Miss Victoria Swenson of Trenton N J who has been a house-guest of Misses Irene and Mattie Lund left last night for her home caUed by the death of her mother Miss Swenson will make the return trip by plane She came here to be with her uncle Alfred Peterson who has been a patient at OrovUle Curran hospital since Aug 10 Wrecking Fire in an auto wrecking yard on Marysville road this morning sent up clouds of heavy black smoke as the blaze spread to old auto parts oil and tires At the left almost obscured by a tree Is the section of the building in which the Bernard Goldstein family lived The living quarters later burned also Fire Prepares For Registration Day In Butte Providing of chairs tables RUi lights for use registration day Oct 16 is one of Che problems confronting County Clerk Matthews in connection with operation of the selective service act The furniture will be necessary when those coming within the selective service act report at Uie varipus voting precincts Mast of the polling places will have electric lights but others in some mountain areas probably will be lighted by gasoline lanterns or lamps Matthews said Registration places will be open from 7 a m until 9 p m according to announcement Not less than 3 days prior to registration county clerk’s must report to the governor on the state of readiness of their county to carry out the provisions of the act The governor himself must report on the condition of readiness In the state as a whole two days before Oct 16 Registrars and chief registrars In each precinct are to be appointed by the county clerk They will receive no pay Municipal Band Rehearsal At 7:30 The newly-organized municipal concert band will hold its first rehearsal tonight at Municipal Auditorium at 7:30 p m it was announced by C L Summy director All the musicians in Oroville are invited to attend the rehearsal ajid join the band Summy said Do You Know The Answers? (Can you answer seven of these test questions? Turn to the Classified Page for the answers) 1 When was the first county fair held in Butte county? 2 When was the first county board of supervisors elected? '"3 Whom did Vivien Leigh marry recently? 4 Where Is Mt McKinley national park? — 5 TTie largest railroad center in the United States Is in New Orleans Atlanta Chicago or NesL York? 6 Service In a restaurant where each item Is ordered separately is table d’hote or a la carte? 7 What Is the British slang word for cigarette? 8 What is the name of Adolf Hitler’s Bavarian mountain home? 9 Does a woman bom in the United States now lose her citizenship If she marries an alien? 10 Who is commander-in-chief of the U S army? Yard Home Razed nil - aiiiiwjj Mercury Photo and Engraving had almost completely burned the shop section of the building when this picture was taken Framework still Is standing The picture was taken from the rear of the wrecking yard with pieces of old automobiles lying in the foreground The telephone pole almost hidden by smoke at the right was ablaze $10000 Loss In Blaze At Wrecking Yard Damage was estimated at $10000 in a fire that destroyed an auto wrecking yard on Marysville road about 700 feet south of the city limits at 11 a m today as a large crowd of spectators watched Origin of the blaze lias not been determined by the division of forestry but Henry Oaub assistant ranger said faulty wiring may have been the cause The fire destroyed parts and accessories of old cars wrecked for SAN FRANCISCO— (UR)— The 1940 junk shop machinery the shop Golden TIate International Expasl- building and living quarters of Bcr- British Fleet Now Trapped? rtlHE trend of the war seems A to be headed for the Mediterranean with the British fleet Lapped in that Inland sea at the mercy of fleets of German and Italian planes Turn to Alsop and Klntner’s Capital Parade column on the editorial page tlon reached its close last night in a record breaking tumultuous "last day” and today exposition authorities set out to demolish the beautiful “World's Fair of the West" All daily attendance records were broken by the crowd of 211000 which Jammed the turnstiles yesterday The throng brought the 1940 attendance to 6545796 for the 127-day season Last year the 254-day season drew 10496000 Lumberjack Hurt At Gardella Hall Ralph Reynolds this afternoon was found to have a spinal injury and his condition was described by Dr E S Peeke as critical Ralph Reynolds lumberjack at the Feather River Pine Mills fell over the rail at Gardella Hail at 8:20 p m Saturday and landed on his head on the concrete floor of the furnace room He suffered severe lacerations of the scalp according to Dr E S Poekc attending physician Reynolds who also gave his name as Ralph Lytle had been drinking according to Police Chief Lund who with Patrolman McKillop took Reynolds to Good Samaritan hospital Dr Peeke X-rayed Reynolds’ head but found his skull was not fractured Condition Of Graves Improved Condition of C R Graves 33 of Thermalito Injured in an automobile accident on tire Stringtown grade early Friday has "improved considerably" during the past 24 hours Dr E A Kusel said this afternoon His condition still Is critical however the physician said Horse Thieves Earl and William D Rusow youthful Chico horse thieves were sentenced to San Quentin prison by Judge Deirup this afternoon after County Probation Officer LLsh Pool had recommended that their requests for probation be denied The pair must serve from one to 14 years in prison They were arrested near Butte Meadows after they had stolen two By Fire nard Goldstein owner and his family Included in household furnishings burned was a new electric refrigerator Old tires oil and grease sent up black smoke seen from all parts of Oroville The flames swept through the shop part of the one-story building and spread Into parts of old cars lying on the ground outside the structure FIREMEN LAY HOSE The division of forestry sent a crew of fire fighters and the pumper truck from the Oroville station to the scene The city fire department truck took hose to the city limits and firemen laid about 700 feet of hose from the last fire plug to the fire for use of the state crew No city firemen however participated In fighting the fire firemen said Oaub who Was lh charge of the fire crew said Goldstein told him the loss was not Insured State firemen will continue to watch the fire Gaub satd The blaze was brought under control In about an hour and a half but the ruins still were smoldering this afternoon "" Dozens of spectators attracted to the scene blocked the Marysville road for several blocks during the fire Blind Youth's Dog Poisoned Mc blind Oroville youth lost hts most faithful companion yesterday when his brlndle bulldog was poisoned It was not learned how the dog was poisoned The dog came to Schurr some time ago and has not left him since Sent To Prison horses from Verne Thomasson and had started cross country with a 14-year-old girl Robert H Stanford charged with lewd and lascivious conduct toward a young Paradtse girl was arraigned on a grand jury indictment His case was continued until 2 p m Monday when he said his friends were trying to obtain an attorney for him British Bomb Big Airplane Factory Royal Air Force In Smashing Attack On German Oil Refinery Industrial Plants LONDON — (UR)—' The British press said today that the Royal Air Fore has placed in night operation a new fighter plane which with other improved types almost ready for service will shift the air battleground back to France by spring Bulletins BERLIN — (UR) — Nazi sources said today that 3 British and 14 German planes had been shot down In air buttles over Britain LONDON — (UR) — Ten German planes were reported shot down during air battles today LONDON— (UR— Relay of British bombers tonight attacked German gun emplacements on the Frcnrh channel const in an attempt to put them out of action LONDON — (UR— London’s antl-alrerft guns went into action tonight shortly after the filth air raid alarm of the day had sounded The barrage sent up by the guns was heavy It was directed at a cloud layer behind which the motors of at least ne cruising German raider could be heard early in the raid Berlin Plans Moving Children BERLIN— (UR)— Government authorities have made arrangements to evacuate children from Berlin whose parents want them removed to zones immune from Brltlsli air raids It was disclosed today Official quarters said that no general evacuation was planned md that the object was to give all parents the opportunity to remove their children from the city If they thought it necessary Kidnaper To Plead Guilty REDWOOD CITY —(UR)— Wilhelm Muhlenbroich kidnaper of 3-year-old Mate De Tristan Jr conferred with court appointed attorneys today and Informed them he would plead guilty in court tomorrow to the kidnaping charge against him The plea would mean an Immediate sentence of life Imprisonment without privilege of parole under California’s little Lindbergh law The 40-year-old German was ready to plead today but Superior Judge Maxwell McNutt insisted he confer first with counsel Emily Reeves Of Palermo Passes Mrs Emily M Reeves wife of E L Reeves of Palermo died at her home today at 1:30 a m The famny moved to Palermo two years ago from Woodleaf Mrs Reeves had been an Invalid for several years A native of Ireland she was 38 years of age Survivors are the parents Mr and Mrs O F Weathcrhead of Durham N C a sister and a brother Funeral services will be announced by Hamilton and Riley Aged Man Dies On Hunting Trip RED BLUFF— ( VN A — Elzy Robey 78 Ortflley while accompanying his son and grandson on a hunting trip near here died from a heart attack Saturday He was found slumped in a chair at a hunting camp by the son Henry Robey of Live Oak who had Just returned from a hunting excursion Among survivors are his widow Mrs Mary Robey and children Mrs R C Gordon of Yuba City and Mrs Ted Miller of Sutter Creek The body was sent to Gridley LONDON— (UR)— The air ministry reported tonight that Royal Air Force bombers in the past 24 hours heavily attacked the Fokker air craft factory near Amsterdam and stalled great fires The attacks on the Fokker plant was part of a far flung aerial attack on Germany's military and Industrial resources that Included a smashing three-hour bombing of the great Qerman oil refinery at Madge-burg Other British bombers smashed away at German rail communications GIANT PLANES USED The Germans still were attempting without success to win air supremacy over Britain using giant four-motored planes protected by hoards of fighter aircraft In attacks that were thrown back from London by British defenses Although Royal Air Force bombs and shells from big guns on the English channel const again crashed bn German "Invasion" bases In France the extent of the British attack on oil supplies in Qermany aroused Speculation ns to whether authorities believed that the threat of Nazi invasion had been reduced OIL RIANT HIT A ground haze hampered tiro British bombing crews irt first in the Madgeburg attack according to the communique "but later many fives started by Incendiary bombs illuminated the target and guided the following aircraft to their objective" “Attacking in shallow dives often at a low level the raiders straddled the oil plant wMh high explosives leaving a trail of many colon’ll fires and spasmodic explosions In theiT wake" It added The planes also attacked ports on the French and Belgian coasts and Qerman gun emplacements at Cape Orlz Nez opposite Dover Railroad and concentration points oil plants and aluminunr works hr Qermany were bombed the ministry said FACTORY ATTACKED "At Stuttgart other forces of heavy bombers launched attacks against large coal and gas works and the Bosch factory which produces spark plugs magnetocs and other electrical equipment for the Oerman armed services” the communique said The ministry said other targets successfully attacked Included the aluminum factory at Bttterfleld and the power station at Antwerp while other night bombers raided the channel coast invasion bases and attacked ships concentrated at Os-tend Flushing Calais Boulogne and the French Atlantic port of Lorlent BIG GUNS BLAZE Britain's coastal guns blazed at French channel targets as Royal Air Force planes returned home from a heavy all night bombardment of objectives In Qermany and German-occupied territory Oerman guns replied to the British fire German planes were heard high above clouds over central London on their third attempt of the day to break through the outer barrage How Long Should A Mattress Last? Some mattresses begin to get out of shape and lose their comfort after a few months In a test by the United States Testing Company the Beautyrest stood up 3 TIMES LONGER than any of 17 different makes of mattresses ttssted Only $3 Down — $3 Monthly HILL'S

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