Elsinore Man Shoots Down Three Zeros

Lt. William McGill of Elsinore, marine fighter pilot, shot down in flames the first three Japanese planes he ever saw, a marine combat correspondent’s dispatch revealed today.

McGill, a former cowboy, downed the three bombers while flying protective cover for an American task force in the South China sea. He is a member of the first Marine carrier-based aircraft unit. Continue reading “Elsinore Man Shoots Down Three Zeros”


L.A. Walling Dies; Action With Navy

KEIZER, Sept. 11—Mrs. Delpha Walling has received word from the Navy department that her son, Lowell Arthur Walling, 31, has died of wounds received in action. He had a rating as first class seaman and gun pointer.

Lowell Arthur Walling was the oldest son of Mrs. Walling and the late Chester Walling and was born on South Prairie, near here, September 14, 1911. He attended school in Silverton and enlisted in the navy January 23, 1941. He had not been home since he went to sea in March, 191 [sic]. His last letter home was written July 6, 1942.

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Area Soldier Hurt In Fall

FORT KLAMATH—Mrs. Raymond S. Loosley has received word of severe injuries sustained by her son, S.Sgt. Wilfred Loosley, as a result of a fall from an airplane on which he was working in Japan. According to information available, Loosley will be hospitalized for four months. His injuries include a broken elbow and broken leg.

Earlier this year Sergeant Loosley, with his wife and two children, was transferred from McChord Air Force Base at Tacoma to his present location with the Air Force. He is a native of Fort Klamath, the son of the late Raymond Stewart Loosley.

Source: Klamath Falls Herald and News, July 5, 1960.

Oregon Fliers Make Good

Four hundred and twenty miles in 180 minutes is the record made in flying from Washington, D.C. to Schenectady, N.Y., by Lieutenant E.H. Rorick, formerly of The Dalles, Or., but now stationed at Bolling field, near this city. The Oregon aviator made the trip accompanied only by a mechanic.

Lieutenant Rorick enlisted at The Dalles just after war was declared in 1917, but never got overseas because he was retained in this country as an aviation instructor at Hazelhurst and Bolling fields since his enlistment.

He has been in the air a total of 975 hours.

Lieutenant W.D. Hostetler and Lieutenant Alfred M. Bennett of The Dalles enlisted at the same and both are still in the service.

Source: Portland Oregonian, May 28, 1919.

Service Men: Where They Are, What They’re Doing (Excerpt)

MISSION BOTTOM—Mrs. Delsha [sic] Walling, Salem route two, recently received letters from her two sons in the armed forces. Lowell Arthur Walling, United States navy, is somewhere with the Pacific fleet.

Pvt. Glenn Alvin Walling of the coast artillery is stationed at Camp Callen, San Diego, Cal.

Mrs. Walling has five nephews serving with the United States armed forces. Jack and Bill Eppers are with the marines, Billy Coonse is in the navy, Bob Walling is in the army air corps, and Joe Weidner is in the army.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, July 18, 1942.

Adrian Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Rorick left this week for Adrian where they will attend the wedding of Miss Ada Rorick McConnell, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard McConnell and Mr. Wallace Donald McLean, of New York city, which will take place in Christ, Episcopal church, Adrian, Saturday October 2nd at 7 p.m.

The bride is known to a number of Wauseon residents and is highly esteemed by all who know her. The groom is a graduate of Princeton University and is the New York manager of the Morris System of Industrial Loans. The newly married couple will leave Adrian Saturday evening for their future home in New York City.

Source: Fulton County Tribune, October 1, 1915.

Walling Son Is Born

A son, who has been named John Curtis Walling, was born January 22nd in San Diego to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis R. Walling of that city.  Walling is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Walling of Fowler and a brother of Mrs. Ralph W. Millard of this city.  Mrs. Walling is the former Helen MacPherson of San Diego.

Source:  Fresno Bee Republican, February 11, 1938.


Kenneth Spear and Miss Irene Dendell were married at the home of the bride’s parents in Wayne Sept. 28. Mr. Spear is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Spear of Medina township, and is the proprietor of a 1,500 acre farm near Damon. Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Spear have been up to their son’s home for the past four weeks helping the young couple get settled in their new home.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, October 23, 1916.