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Ziehli, Rosemary / A time gone, 1940-50

1943,   pp. 30-36 PDF (1.6 MB)

Page 30

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 The secret ought not
to be published."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.

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