News Back Then – February 24, 2012

Williams Farmer

The Williams Chamber of Commerce will continue with the tree planting work, as in the past, and according to present plans, 100 trees will be planted this spring.  Last year a hundred and fifty trees were planted and it is reported that of this lot, only one tree was lost.

Trees will be ordered for those desiring to plant.  The committee in charge requests that those planning to plant trees communicate with J. H. Forsythe as soon as they can so that the order for the trees may be placed as early as possible.


At twelve-fifty o’clock yesterday afternoon, death came quietly to David Hannah Byrnes, 91 at the Colusa Memorial Hospital where he has been a patient for the past five weeks.  A general  failure of health and his unusual advanced years are attributed as the cause of his demise.

Born at Rock Port, Missouri, in 1849, he would have celebrated his 92nd birthday on February 28th.  When a boy of fourteen, he crossed the plains with ox team, settling in Salem Oregon,   On April 29, 1873, he married E. C. McCay at Empire City, Oregon, to which union , seven children were born.  In 1906 he moved to Lake County, California, where he owned and drove the stage line between Lakeport and Hopland.  A few years later he came to Williams where he has resided continuously since.  On October 22, 1918, he was united in marriage to Mary E. McKiernan.  He successfully owned and operated the Almond Baths Campgrounds and swimming pool up until about four years ago when his step-daughter, Mrs. Ruby Viney, assumed ownership.

Actively interested in civic affairs he served as a member of the City Council for a number of years.
A man of strong character and ideals, firm always in his convictions, he met life squarely and a host of friends, both young and old, throughout this section who will long cherish the memory of “Daddy” Byrnes.

Interment will be at the College City with graveside services under the direction of Central Lodge, I. O. O. F. hall in Williams of which he was a member.  Affiliated with the order for the past fifty-five years, he was a charter member of the Mt. Vernon, Washington Order of Odd Fellows.

Surviving him are his devoted wife and four children.

Williams Farmer

Registration for War Ration Book  Two on next Monday, February 22, 1943.  The site of registration is at the Williams Union Elementary School and the registration will be held in the school library.

A declaration must be submitted listing the names of each member of the family unit registering for book two,  The declaration blanks may be obtained at the local grocery or clipped from the newspaper.  This must be properly filled in before Book Two can be issued.

War Ration Book 1-Sugar, coffee, shoes-must be presented for each member of the family unit.  the agent for the family unit must have a War Ration Book On for each member listed on the declaration.

COFFEE-Persons whose age was 14 years or more at the time of registration for Book One will be entitled to receive coffee after the current registration period.

Williams Farmer

There is much need in saving your old tooth paste and shaving cream tubes, according to word received by R. F. Fouch from the Tin Salvage Institute.

Drug stores all over the nation are being asked to collect these old tubes and turn them in to salvage the tin which will then be allocated by the war production board.  Fouch has arranged a receptacle for your old tin, and will turn it in to the collectors.

Williams Farmer

The farmers of the Sacramento Valley will be pleased to know that James Mills, Jr. has been selected to head a new Growers’ Labor Association to handle housing, management, and subcontracting of 1,500 Mexican Nationals to be imported for harvesting farm work in Butte, Colusa, Sutter and Tehama Counties.

Mills, as head of the Mills Orchards in Glenn and Colusa counties, has had much experience in the handling of farm labor, as he not only has charge of the harvesting, packing and marketing the crops from the huge Mills Orchards at Hamilton City and Maxwell, but also harvest the crops of many other fruit growers in the Sacramento Valley, and has much experience with the securing and management of farm labor.

The Mexican’s work chiefly in rice , beets, peaches, and prunes.  The formation of the association was revealed in Maysville before delegates from 14 northern California counties attending the annual meeting of District No. 2. ■

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2007. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.