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Ziehli, Rosemary / A time gone, 1940-50

1942,   pp. 19-29 PDF (2.5 MB)

Page 19

The year 1942 saw the people of Belleville and the nation getting
involved with the war effort in all sorts of ways.
The Dane County-Chapter of the American Red Cross was expected
to raise fifty thousand dollars at once. Louise Richards was
head of the fund committee for Belleville. Belleville's quota was $360.00.
In Chicago, a business place had this sign in its window.
"We would rather do business with one hundred Japs than one American."
The place of business was an undertaking parlor.
Leo Gehin of Belleville was honored at the Dane County Holstein
Breeders association banquet. Leo was selected as the boy doing
the most outstanding job in the county carrying bull calf projects.
The high school hill had been made into a coasting place for
youngsters and many of them enjoyed hours of sliding.
In order to assist with defense work and at the recommendation
of the State Department of Education, Belleville schools started,
in January of 1942, a six day school week. The move set ahead the
spring closing of school to May 9. The six day school week would
enable the farmers and other people working in defense to acquire
help of high school boys and girls a month earlier in the
spring when help was needed. It was a defense movement that the youth
could take part in.
President Roosevelt signed a bill setting all the clocks in
the entire nation ahead one hour. The statute would remain in effect

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