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 25 stockings had seams in those days.''95 If the word got out that a store would be getting a shipment of stockings, women would stand in line for hours in hopes to get just one pair!"96 Bea reflects, "I think rationing will remain with those of my generation for the rest of our lives."97 There was also a shortage of farm help during the war. During the war, Manitowoc Country farmers increased their production of hay, oats, wheat rye, and corn. Local canneries accelerated their production of peas, with 3,780 acres converted to pea growing by 1944.98 However, with so many young men off fighting the war, farmers had difficulty finding enough workers to harvest the crops. A twelve-year-old homefront boy worked for Lakeside Packing. "I lifted big crates of peas, put them on the scales to weigh then the trucks would haul the peas to the canning factory." He laughs, "You know after the war . . they wouldn't let me work... I wasn't old enough, I had to be sixteen... yet during the war I could work there when I was only twelve!"99 Another homefront boys claims that they had German POWs come out to their farm and help harvest crops. Since his dad could speak German he would converse with the prisoners. He said, "One day my dad asked the prisoners what they were going to eat for lunch. They showed him a lard sandwich. "My dad threw the sandwich on the ground.. .our dog came and sniffed it, but he wouldn't even eat it!" Then, he said his dad invited these German 95 Audrey Nickels, interview by Barbara Broehm. 96 Betty Wilsman, interview by Barbara Broehm. 97 Bea Buss, interview by Barbara Broehm. 98 Ellen Langill, Manitowoc County: A Beacon on the Lakeshore (Milwaukee: Milwaukee Publishing Group: 1999), 115. 9 Howard Schmill, interview by Barbara Broehm.
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