1942 - World War II
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A front page article in the Ellsworth News on January 7, 1942:
Male citizens between ages of 20 and 44 to register
President Roosevelt has set Monday, February 16, for registration
of all male citizens and most aliens of the nation between the ages of
20 and 44 who have not registered previously. Men of this age group will
be subjest to military service.
The date was fixed in a proclamation. It made no mention of registration
of men from 45 through 64 who are to be registered later on, but who will
be exempt from service with the armed forces under present legislation.
Two front page articles in the Ellsworth News on August 12, 1942:
Sugar ration books of service men and deceased
persons to be turned in
War Ration books of men entering the service must be turned in to
the ration board within ten days after men report for duty.
In most cased, this rule has been adhered to locally, and all are cautioned
to keelp this in mind for future reference.
Books may be turned in to the sub-board and will be sent to the local
board at Webster City. Another reminder has been issued by
the local rationing board in reference to the accurated record each housewife
is supposed to keep of canning done with the sugar which has been issued
her. A report will have to be made next spring as to just how
the sugar was used.
If housewives don't have the number of quarts canned by October 31
which they designated, they will be required to make a report to the local
board as to the exact number of quarts canned.
Sugar ration dates at Ellsworth are as follows:
today at 7:30 PM, Thursday at 8 PM, Saturday afternoon
at 2, and Saturday evening at 7:30. All sugar applications
should be in this week.
Parade, Auction, Attractions and Bands
Monday will be the big "War Day" celebration at the county fairgrounds
in Webster City. This is an all-county celebration but on by the
County War Council to raide funds to pay the cost of the "sendoffs" accorded
to all inducted service men when they leave for service in the armed forces
of the United States.
The big day, Monday, August 17, will
start off with a mammoth parade down Second street in Webster City.
At least eleven wonderful floats will be in the parade, and plenty of smaller
ones. There will be a number of bands in the parade, including
the Training School band from Eldora and the Sootties band from Boone.
The parade will start one block west of the Willson hotel.
Home Guards To March
The Eldora band, the Boone Scotties
and the Webster City Home Guards will march and maneuver in front of the
grandstand preceding t h e acts both afternoon and evening. The acts
will be outstanding, and well worth seeing.
Auctioning of Goods
An auction of donated merchandise and
farm goods will be held duriing the day, starting immediately after the
parade, and will be preceded by the first $100 drawing. The auction will
be held under the trees just north of the grandstand. Businessmen
from all the towns in the county are donating goods for this auction.
Committees in charge of securing
the donated merchandise, from this part of the county, are as follows:
Ellsworth - Carroll Kuhfus, Randall - Lloyd Okland, Stanhope - Merlin Dick.
All articles can be brought in to these men, and they will see that they
get to Webster City.
There'll Even Be Hay
Among the unusual articles listed at
present is a hog donatedby a bankof the county. Two farmers have each donated
twenty-five bales of hay. Nearly every business house has donated one or
more articles, and more articles will be given before Monday. Many businessmen
who are not donating goods are contributing various sums of cash to assist
in this meritorious war effort. Julius Bermann of Webster City will have
charge of the auction.
All Help Donated
All help and labor for this big day
is being donated by every person taking part, and you will do your part
by buying tickets and attending the celebration. Remember the
date - Monday, August 17, at the fair grounds in Webster City.
1942 - Kenneth P. Appelgate
College Station, Texas
Dear Joy (editor of the Ellsworth
Although I don't know you real well, and you probably know less about
me, I feel that I should write to you and put in a word about the Marines,
or rather, represent them.
You have had lots of letters
in your paper from the Army, Navy, and cadets, but none from a Marine as
far as I've noticed, and very few copies I miss or very few articles I
miss reading. So will put in my two cents worth (or however much
the Marines are worth.)
I've been in the Marines since
last April, and still receiving specialized training. I've been here
at A & M since the first of August taking up a course in communications
as a radio operator. I am practically through here; in fact, just
two and a half days left, as I through on Dec. 24.
I'm anxious to put to use what
I've learned here, which has been a great deal. I'll never be the
same to my old friends as I was before I came, as one has to be "wacky"
or "crazy" to master the code at a reasonably fast speed - which is what
I have done!
Texas is a nice state (although
I think we should get paid for foreign duty), but it doesn't have much
that good old Iowa doesn't have.
In fact, I think it has less,
'cause they don't have snow at Christmas, which seems quite necessary in
my opinion. Instead, they have the custom of shooting fire crackers,
which in turn, got us Marines into "hot water" as some of the fellows would
bring them into the dormitory and fire them. About that time the
top-sergeant stopped the fun. However, a large firecracker
did make a lot of noise when touched off in a room under someone's bed,
who was in deep slumber.
All in all, most of the fellows
take their task pretty serious and want to get this thing over with.
I receive lots of letters and
of course, write a lot, but am always glad to get them. I only wish
I was as fortunate as a lot of my Army and sailor friends when it comes
to getting furloughs.
I must close now, and hope to
see all of you soon as circumstances permit.
Pfc. Kenneth P. Appelgate
1942 - Blackout Monday Night
One long blast of the fire whistle just before 10 o'clock will announce
the beginning of the blackout.
ALL LIGHTS MUST BE OUT BY 10 O'CLOCK.
This includes house and store lights, automobiles, flashlights, cigars
and cigarettes - all lights. At 10:20 o'clock, several short blasts
will announce the end of the blackout.
The blackout set for Monday, December 14, is planned for 10 to 10:20
PM central war time. The county civilian defense committee will soon
issue definite plans and arrangements for Hamilton county. The statistical
and record division of the department of public safety, however, has issued
instructions of what to do if driving a car when the air raid alarm sounds.
1942 - Donald Shade
A.E.F. in Northern Ireland, March 29, 1942
Received your letter of Feb.
28 today. Letters are most welcome these days. Haven't received
the package yet Red Groves got two chickens from home today. They
The fishing is good here.
There are salmon, white trout, brown trout, eel, speckled trout and flounder.
I haven't been out yet, but am going soon. War or no war, I'm still
going fishing. The streams are clear and fast which should make good
angling. Some of the boys get a wild goose now and then. However,
the major put a stop to that. He figures they need the ...
Jack and Leo got the Ellsworth News today.
It is really a treat to get a Americn newspaper. You can tell Joy
Hanson that his paper is bigger than the London paper - it has only four
pages now. The largest one is the Empire News.
We are all wondering who won the state basketball
tournament. For all we know, Rose Grove might have won it.
For entertainment here, the boys play poker, blackjack, checkers and bridge.
Obe and I get into some terrible checker duels.
I am enclosing a picture from one of the
large newspapers here. Shaffer of Fort Dodge and I are the only two
you would know. There are so many interesting things that we see
and do, but can not write about.
I am in the best of health and spirits.
Am having the time of my life getting accustomed to some odd people with
odder habits. I have never seen such pink complexions. People
look like they have just scrubbed themselves with a stiff brush and strong
At present, I am Battalion Supply Sergeant,
but I don't know how permanent it will be. Everything is rationed
here. We get plenty to eat. All the boys from Ellsworth
are here, also George Boeke from Hubbard.
Sgt. Donald M. Shade, Co E, 133rd Inf.
Says the department of public safety in
a bulletin received by Sheriff E. R. Lear; "During the period of an air
raid alarm (actual or drill) either in daytime or nighttime, all vehicles
other than emergency (such as fire, police, state police, sheriff's, highway
patrol, utilities, ambulances, staff cars and the U.S. Army) must stop
and pull to the curb, putting out all car lights. Passengers may
remain in their cars unless in downtown area where shelters are available.
Drivers and passengers must not smoke during such time. Until such
time as blackout driving lenses can be provided, it is necessary to impose
during test blackouts certain restrictions such as speed limit of not to
exceed 15 miles per hour, vehicles being operated either with parking...."
(from "The Ellsworth News" December 14, 1942)