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Leffler, Virginia E. (ed.) / Reflections from a warming house window
([2001?])

The 1940s,   pp. 191-226


Page 191

FROM A
WARMING HOUSE WINDOW
THE
1940s
December 7, 1941. The bombing of Pearl Habor
and American entry into the war. As Janesville
residents turn their attention to foreign
battlefields and the fight for freedom, Gazette
coverage follows. Little is printed on skating from
1942 through 1945. As a result of the war, changes
occur in every walk of life, including skating.
Janesville's hockey team, in action since the
1920s, dissolves as more men are called for
military service. It's now up to youth and church
group teams to keep Janesville's hockey tradition
going. Arthur Teal replaces William Mallu as rink
caretaker for the 1940-1941 season. When the new
caretaker is called to duty in 1943, Leonard
"Hans" Wagner begins his 17-year career as
custodian, caretaker and central character of the
rink and warming house. He and his wife, Alice,
team up as skating at Goose Island continues to
provide wonderful wintertime recreation for our
residents during and after the war.
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