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Grand Junction Globe Free Press (Newspaper) - July 10, 1969, Grand Junction, Iowa When we had not applied ourselves to preparedness. At the Junction school pupils and teachers were Given instructions on what to do in Case of an air raid. There was the rationing of tires and restrictions were put on the Purchase of new cars none to be sold except to those engaged in defense work. Construction work was also curtailed unless it was for military purposes. Daylight savings time was inaugurated in february. April brought sugar rationing. We had begun the totally new experience Here in the land of plenty and the Home of the free of living with ration books and priorities. Grand Junction and All America began to tighten her Belt and dig in her heels for the Long hard struggle ahead. The first big shipment of material for the red Cross sewing room arrived in january and Volunteer cutters went to work immediately and soon sewing machines were whirring by Day and often far into the night. It was a time of Quot make do or do without Quot As homemakers hunted out and made Over clothing for the family and hunted up old Woolen sweaters and rave led them out so that the yarn could be used again. Farmers were urged to conserve the feed bags. The women made the feed bags printed Cotton material into House dresses school dresses aprons shirts curtains quilts and dozens of other articles for the Home since Yard goods was very scarce in the stores. Victory gardens were planted and housewives began to collect the Quot without Quot recipes recipes made without sugar without butter without Coconut and dates and other Quot extras Quot now off the Market. Grand Junction s first War Bond drive was one of the first in the area to raise its quota of $64,000. Grand Junction was saddened by the passing of two of its beloved citizens in february mrs. S. C. Maynard 85, and judge Gates Albert. Gates Albert had As miss Carrie Miller been one of mrs. Maynard s pupils when she taught school Here in the very Early seventies. He was a graduate of the first graduating class and went on to become the county attorney then county judge and finally the chief Justice of the Iowa supreme court. Both the teacher and the Pupil had Quot done the Hometown proud a the local school children in the first months of 43 gathered up Between 85 and too pounds of Copper Bronze and brass for the War cause. Grand Junction was alerted for another War Bond drive in March with their quota set for $48,664. The whole town United to make it a whopping Success. The lion s club made the drive with March 8 set for the kick off Date. A quota of $525 was set for that first Day. Mrs. Floyd Smith red Cross War fund chairman rang the old town Bell at 9 . As the starting signal. They raised Over $650 that Day and Over subscribed the total Bond quota by $5,614. The school made their own drive to add to the fund and raised $92 which was Given in memory of Paul Lynch and David Rees former students of the school who were then reported missing in action. Or. Charles Humphrey quietly observed his 50th anniversary As a dentist on March 4, 1943. March was the month that Bill Vipond closed his Barbershop in the City As he answered the Call for men to work on the Alcan Highway which seemed More important to Bill at this time of War than his Barbershop. This was t an easy decision to reach since he had spent 31 years As a Barber on the same Corner Here in Junction. Several other Junction men went to work on this military Highway to Alaska. It was in May that the Long dreaded Telegram brought news of the first War fatality of a Hometown boy. Captain Charles Luther had been killed in action on the North african front on april 26. The whole Community was shocked to a deeper realization of the High Cost of War. From then until the end of the conflict it seemed the dreaded telegrams came More and More frequently Quot missing in action Quot Quot deeply regret to inform you Quot tragic words written in blood and tears. One of the Bright moments of the year part of Battery d s equipment As it was often seen As the Battery went through Maneu vers on Hometown streets or marched in town parades in the twenties and thirties. Blizzard. The northbound . Freight became snowbound on the Joy crossing a mile and half North of town. The train got stuck in 7 foot drifts on a monday evening and it took the combined efforts of Section Crews from Junction Paton Dana and Rippey until tuesday noon to Quot dig or old depot gets another face lifting in March also the old town landmark the depot was undergoing a face lifting and a renovation project. Much of the hotel part had been removed some sixteen or More years previously. Now in 1944 All of the second Story part was removed the ceilings were lowered and red Asbestos shingles were put on the roof to give the old building an entirely new look. Still the terrible War went on and on. Here at Home there was the continuous struggle to keep the tractors and farm equipment going with repairs so hard to get and tires rationed As Well As Gas. Blacksmiths and welders came into their a w a Iii mum Ems of me year own once again As they had not since was the announcement in september that the horse and buggy Days especially if the sewer system was completed and Smithy was Handy at making machine v parts out of the materials he could acquire and in repairing broken parts so that the Farmers could keep rolling Quot in in july after 25 years As editor of the Globe Roy m. Lampman retired and sold the paper to Gordon Wertz with Harvey Wertz Gordon and Raphael Wertz listed As publishers. 1943 by january 1943 citizens were registering for War ration Book no. 3. Sugar Coffee Oil and Gas were being rationed and shoe rationing came in february. Canned goods meat and fish went on the rationed foods list in March in february All schools in the United states were urged to reduce the mileage on the bus routes As much As possible to conserve Gas and tires. Even in these Days of rationing and the terrible War news it was Good when someone could see humor in a situation and How grateful we were for those who did hang on to their sense of humor in those dark Days. So Junction people chuckled when the Globe carried this Jingle during those strict ration Days of 43. Quot she went to the Butcher s for spareribs and suet but found that some others had beaten her to it. She said she would Settle for sausage and liver the Butcher insisted he had none to give or. She pleaded for pork chops for meat balls for Mutton the Butcher said Quot lady i just Ain t got Nuttin Quot the local red Cross ladies received their quota of material for this first unit of 43 which included material for 50 men s shirts and 50petticoats. Mrs. George Johnson was chairman of the local chapter with mrs. Lee Robson mrs w. W. Wertz and mrs. William Morey As her assistants. The chapter was also Busy making surgical dressings. The red Cross work room was above of linger s store. Ready for use. No doubt the sewer is sue fight dulled to insignificance in the Light of the world struggle just before Christmas the work on the new Honor Roll Board located in front of the legion Hall was completed. The Board listed the names of All of the men and women from the grand Junction com Quot still the Tele mum to this included the area covered by srams carrying their messages of heart the consolidated school who were serv break continued to arrive As our Brave i a in flin i it a. Man ii. Amp t w Hoitz Brothers had kept building up their purebred shorthorn Herd until by this time they had been Able to Purchase a Complete Herd of purebreds and were taking All kinds of honors with their prize cattle a first on the International shorthorn Congress in Chicago in 1943- 44 show and Many Many More firsts in Iowa and around the nation. June 6, 1944, a Day. Quietly we gathered in our churches or Knelt at Home to Quot say a prayer for the boys Over we redoubled our efforts to give our boys All the support possible Many businessmen helped the Farmers in the evenings and on saturdays in this time of acute labor shortage. Dozens of our citizens had gone to work in munitions plants air plane factories and other factories to help in wartime production. Jack Mears began the erection of a new building on the site of the old dal Bey Eubank lumber Yard to House his implement and hardware business. In november mrs. Elizabeth Henery was hostess to the women of this Community who were Corn Sorters for the h. H. Turner company in Celebration of their tenth year As Sorters for the company. Some forty women attended. The grains and food stuffs their All out War Effort. Quot killed in action in Italy Quot Quot missing iil.,01during a flight Over Belgium Quot killed in Guadalcanal Quot still the tee ing in states. The armed forces of the United 1944 it was with a great Deal of Pride and interest that grand Junction welcomed Back the former Globe editor Frank l. Mott who came As the guest speaker for the Lions club. Or. Mott was then Dean of the school of journalism of the University of Missouri. The Lions made it a Public meeting and it was held at the High school auditorium to accommodate the Large crowd. This was in january 1944. The Lions club took up another pro men took their part in the armed forces m All parts of the world. Our boys in 185th f artillery do us proud eagerly the Home folks in grand june on listened to every radio news bulletin scanned every newspaper to get the news of the 185th Field artilery so anxious yet so proud As the Artiller 3 re a Talon As one of the finest artery units m the country its Story us a a Italy in 311 these Cam Rolf s r to Lery played a leading role. Little had the boys in Battery d or the townsfolk who watched known As ? through Maneu vers on our act in february which Drew the Suo Dort Anmol 0ugh Maneu vers on our of the local churches fifes ire fully kept their organizations. This was the establish mailed Mph in re ment of a recreation Center for youth ? building armory which was set up in the legion Hall smartly in the fourth of july skating and dancing were part of the so two Fok Soi Day a would be entertainment offered Farriw a we us and ours it on the there and the Center proved a very of the world popular place. Came in like the proverbial lion As once again Iowa was buried under deep Snow drifts during a great mss grand Junction Honor Roll Jim sir a a Rny amp so w was it nil w8y grand action front to recon motion a the Home Royal holz0n0sis a a to russe11 my a a a slowly but steadly All through the depression and afterwards Hie it a we in. i a. J0m a jts 1945 in february death claimed George a. Mcwilliams who was then the oldest continuous resident of Greene county having lived in the grand Junction Vicinity for 90 years. He had Farmed the farm Northwest of Junction Archie hos Kinson lived there later which his father acquired from the government and where George had come with his parents in 1855. Of course this was a vast unsettled Prairie at this time and the elder Mcwilliams had done much surveying of the area. The March 15, 1945 Issue of the Globe featured a glowing tribute to the elderly or. J. B. Bywater just before the doctor retired and moved to Des Moines. A a or. Bywater is typical of the country doctors who without complaint shouldered added responsibilities and stayed on the Job full time these War years. He is the Only doctor in this Community now and with the shortage of doctors since the War his work has been doubled More than doubled. He had been in practice for 37 years before he came to grand Junction in 1917 when there were four doctors Here at that time. The doctor was a Veteran of the Spanish american War and now had a son Rolland serving in the South Pacific. Grand Junction joined the nation in mourning the death of president Franklin d. Roosevelt in april just at the time of the anal hard hitting punches at the Hitler forces in Europe. May 8 be Day Victory in Europe be Day was observed quietly in Junction. The news of the Victory in Europe was Recei Ved without fanfare. Everyone rejoiced that the bloodshed on the Western front was at an end but the Home folks Felt that it was Nota time for celebrating. They were remembering How Many Young men had sacrificed so much Mary giving their very lives. Added to this was the sobering thought that our boys Quot Over there Quot still had a hard and bitter fight ahead before Victory would be Complete. So throughout the Day most of the townspeople went about their usual activities and Farmers stayed on the Job

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