Ziehli, Rosemary / A time gone, 1940-50
1943, pp. 30-36 PDF (1.6 MB)
1943 The Americans started the new year right, in the South Pacific, with aircraft damage to Japanese shipping at Kiska. 1943 was predicted by the experts as a hard year ahead for the American public with the knowledge that rationing would bring some changes, but the assurance that there would be adequate food for all. In January of 1943, employers exempted five percent victory tax on employees salaries in excess of six-hundred and twenty four dollars a year. On the homefront in the beginning of that year, a notice In the Belleville Recorder stated that they would censor some addresses of men in the armed services that they had printed in their paper. Reascning for this came from the Office of Censorship. "If you know what ship a sailor is on or what company or regiment a soldier is with overseas then you know a military secret. The secret ought not to be published." John Eckstein was appointed official 0. P. A. tire Inspector. Under the gas rationing program all tires on cars, trucks, and tractors were to be inspected periodically and a report made. January was the month that tires were to be inspected. Ray's Lunch, operated by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rowen, had gone out of business. A notice from the local dairy appeared in the Recorder that unless cream bottles were returned promptly delivery of cream would be stopped. It was impossible to get new bottles. By January 2!, ninety-five men of the vicinity were in the military.
Copyright 1983 by Rosemary Ziehli