Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth, pp. -30
Broehm 24 ration book. She adds, "Of course, we never did know if people were really declaring what they had at home or not. It was interesting!'"90 Most took pride in "making do." For many children, these shortages were merely continuations of the Depression shortages. "Getting along with less was something I already knew," commented a homefront sixteen-year-old girl. Her parents were both in poor health, and she was responsible for making meals and keeping the house in order. "The comer grocer has very kind to my family. He knew we were having tough times, and he often let me get groceries and pay for them later. I'll never forget his kindness."9' Many of the homefront children have fond memories of rationing. "My dad had a real sweet tooth.., every Saturday morning I stood in line for hours at Ramminger's Bakery on South 10th Street to get a cake for my dad... I was usually able to bring one home to him.",92 Marge laughs as she recalls how brides had to give their ration books to the bakeries making their wedding cakes. She says, "Without the extra sugar rations, there wouldn't be enough sugar to frost the wedding cake."'93 Another remembers mixing the yellow pellet into the oleomargarine to give it color. She recalls, "It always seemed to taste better if it were yellow."94 "Of course there were no silk stockings during the war," claims a homefront teenager, "nylons also became impossible to come by so we used leg make-up and would draw the seam line up the back of our legs... you know all 90 Marge Miley, interview by Steve Kolman, 6. 91 Louise Zigmund, interview by Barbara Broehm. 92 Shirley Schmill, interview by Barbara Broehm. 93 Marge Miley, interview by Steve Kohnan, 7. 94 Lola Klusmeyer, interview by Barbara Broehm.
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