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Ziehli, Rosemary / A time gone, 1940-50

1944,   pp. 37-41 PDF (1.1 MB)

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quoted as saying, "Victory gardens are more important this year than
ever if we are to continue on the road to vicotry."
In April PFC Ray Sherman, 21, had been reported missing in action
in Italy. The report marked the fifth casualty for Belleville. Killed
were Verle Smith, Jack Roberts, Bernard Babler, and Sgt. Donald Keegan
was also missing in action.
It was decided in May of 1944 that practically all stores and
offices in Belleville would be closed on Thursday afternoon. This was
arrived at by the circulation of a petition among business and
professional men in the community.
That spring a recreation center was opened for the first time.
There were games in the gymnasium at the high school from 7:30-9:00.
A canteen service was set up in the ag room where youngsters could
buy pop and candy bars. At nine o'clock young people from seventh
and eighth grades and high school students enjoyed dancing by music
from a jukebox.
Village people expressed a desire that they would like garbage
pick up.
There were 200 present at the mother-daughter banquet at the
Swiss Reformed Church.
The following letter appeared in a May issue of the Belleville
Recorder in reference to closing of business's on Thursday
"Mr. Printer,
I see in last week's paper Belleville will be closed up tighter
than a drum on Thursday afternoon. I suppose it is all right. The
business men want a day off in the middle of the week, but most farmers
can't do it. Belleville is a farmer's town, and they shouldn't take

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