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As It Was: Siskiyou County Attorneys Contribute to War Effort

As World War II continued to rage overseas in January 1942, the U. S. Navy and other federal agencies called for assistance from regional and local groups.

The Weed Press newspaper reported on Jan. 9, 1942, that 5,000 radio technicians were needed to operate airplane detection and other defense devices.  The newspaper said Siskiyou County attorneys were among the first to respond.

The 13,000-member California State Bar had already organized a speakers’ bureau to assist the Navy’s recruiting campaign, providing speakers to address civic clubs, women’s organizations, and movie theater and radio audiences.

The Siskiyou County attorneys in the speakers’ bureau included Yreka lawyers J. Everett Barr, Mark Brawman, Fred W. Burton, M.F. Buffum, C.E. Butler, J.P. Correia, James Davis, Sam Friedman, Charles Johnson, C. J. Luttrell, Floyd Merrill, Clayton Tapscott, and George Tebbe, Jr.  Others were three lawyers from Mt. Shasta, Ott Haese, Donald Shannon and L.N. Lorsensen; and C.F. Eachwig of Tulelake and Roy Weaver of Dunsmuir.

In addition, Siskiyou Union High School District Superintendent J. E. Hurley joined the group.

Source: “County Attorneys First to Respond to Nation’s War Defense Effort.” Weed Press, 9 Jan. 1942, p. 6.

Gail Fiorini-Jenner is a writer and teacher. Her first novel "Across the Sweet Grass Hills", won the 2002 WILLA Literary Award. She co-authored four histories with Arcadia Publishing: Western Siskiyou County: Gold & Dreams, Images of the State of Jefferson, The State of Jefferson: Then & Now, which placed in the 2008 Next Generation Awards for Nonfiction and Postcards from the State of Jefferson.