Gaylord Nelson Papers, 1954-2006 (bulk 1963-1980)

 
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Container Title
Box/Folder   4/15
No.   1255A/121-122
Middleman, Julie,1992 September 24, Sparta, Wisconsin
Biography/History: Julie Middleman was born in 1910 and has lived her entire life in Sparta, Wisconsin, a small town in Southwestern Wisconsin. She attended Sparta High School, graduating in 1927. After attending business college in LaCrosse, she began working at the Sparta Clinic, where she continued as an office clerk until suffering a nervous and physical breakdown in 1945. While she was officially called a clerk, Ms. Middleman frequently performed basic medical procedures, and was responsible for running an ever-growing office. After she left, Ms. Middleman began collecting information about Sparta's early history, and has now produced two books--one on the school system, and another on the medical services available in Sparta. In addition, she has compiled an extensive family history, going back to the 1300s, and as an outgrowth of this, maintains an extensive correspondence with friends and family all over the world.
Scope and Content Note: Ms. Middleman first discussed the immediate effects of the war, including rationing, the increased number of patients at the doctor's office (a result of troops sent to nearby Fort McCoy). Her sister was especially active in the USO, and a result, Ms. Middleman's family entertained visiting soldiers--they struck especially strong friendships with a division from Hawaii. Ms. Middleman discussed social activities in the town, people's reactions to the Hawaiian soldiers, and the working conditions at the clinic. In particular, Ms. Middleman described her duties, the relations among office staff, particularly with doctors, and the changes in Sparta during and after the war.