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Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
(December 2000)

World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth,   pp. [1]-30


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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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