WWII hits home!

Every once in a while I read another person’s blog and because of my newspaper project I can add to the story by providing the actual newspaper account. This is one of those times.

On Feb 21, 2013 gpcox posted an entry called “ Pacific Theater continues ” in which he gives us some interesting short items about the war in the Pacific. One of those items told about the balloon bombs sent out by Japan and how one of those made it to Oregon. He writes:

… 5 May 1945 – near Klamath Falls, Oregon, a pregnant woman, Elyse Mitchell and five students were killed on their way to a picnic. These were the only casualties of the war in the 48 states.

I had heard about these balloon bombs and knew that they had caused some damage here in the USA but I was not familiar with the particular information gpcox was mentioning in his piece. Since I have a data base of state newspapers I can go to the state collection and see if there is a newspaper for the time period that has the story that is being discussed. I did just that and found this:

Six Killed 1945
Six Killed 1945

Six Persons Killed
In Oregon Blast

Lakeview, Ore., May 7 (UP)

The sheriff’s office at Lakeview today was investigating the explosion of an unidentified object which late Saturday killed a woman and five children some 15 miles east of Bly.

Those killed were:
Mrs. Archie (Elyse) Mitchell of Lakeview,
Sherman Shoemaker age 12
Jay Gifford age 12
Eddie Engen age 13
Joan Patzke age 11
Dick Patzke age 13

The Rev. Archie Mitchell, accompanying his wife and the children on the outing, was a slight distance away from the others when the accident occurred. He was uninjured.

Here is the link to that item:

The Bulletin – May 7, 1945
The Bend Bulletin, Bend, Deschutes County, Oregon
Monday
May 7, 1945
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Qh9PAAAAIBAJ&sjid=lB8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=3021%2C5349298

Thank You.

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.

2 comments

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have had similar feelings about the items I run into in the old newspapers. Do I really want to find the family tree for the person who was shot by his son? It is a dilemma but it is news and sometimes the news hurts.
    Thanks again.
    Take Care.
    Jose

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