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Wheels West Day in Susanville History – February 17th, 1943

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Herlong in 1951

Herlong in 1951

Family of Eight From Susanville In War Service
February 17th, 1943

The Chester Van Etten family of eight has gone all out for serving Uncle Sam.

Mrs. Van Etten is an electrician’s helper at Maxwell Field in Sacramento; her husband, Chester Van Etten, enlisted in the navy and is now stationed in Virginia; a son, Billy Ramser, enlistee of the army air corps, Arcadia, Calif., has just completed his solo flight; another son, James Ramser, in the navy, is now at Ames, Iowa; and a third son, O. W. Ramser, navy enlistee, has seen action at Pearl Harbor.

A daughter, Mrs. Willa McDow, and a daughter-in-law, Donna Ramser, are doing clerical work at Maxwell Field, Sacramento; while a second daughter-in-law, Joyce Ramser, is employed on defense work at Herlong.

Cadets Assist in Fund Drive

One of the most generous and spontaneous gestures of fund giving in Lassen county since the start of the war, followed a letter from the regional office requesting a 10-cent contribution be made by each cadet of the civil aeronautics war training school in Susanville for the Infantile Paralysis Foundation.

According to resident naval officer Lieut. F. O. Reed, when he made the announcement to the boys, requesting a possible 25-cent donation if they felt able to afford it, instant and enthusiastic bidding resulted. The boys raised each bid made to outdo one another in their contributions. Within an hour the sum of over $500 was raised, an amount totaling more than $6.50 per cadet. Two of the cadets were known to have contributed $25 each.

According to the officers at the school, the spirit of the cadets is even more noteworthy when taken into consideration that their month’s wages amounts to $75.

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