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1. Ration Stamp assortment.
The blue and red dots were plastic type ration
2. War Bond sample - Denominations available
were $25, $50, $75, $100, $200, $500,
$1,000, $5,000 and $10,000
The "Good Ole Days", when money was scarce
and nobody knew what a credit card was!!
Maag Farm: 1939-1940/1941
We took care of the Maag farm while their
boy was in the service. The rationing probably
didn't affect us so much there, for we had cows,
pigs, chickens, garden, fruit trees. We made
own our own butter.
Grandma Hornungs: 1941-1945
I started my sophomore year in high school,
while living at Grandma Hornung’s. Alice came
to stay at Grandma Hornung's while Bill was in
Japan. I remember her telling that Uncle Neal,
who lived at Grandma’s also, was concerned
about her bringing a crying baby there. Alice
brought Frank anyway and as time would tell,
Uncle Neal could not believe that Frank was
such a good baby and rarely cried, never at
Bing had joined the Coast Guard and when he
would come home on leave, it was usually a
surprise. But one would hear him whistling coming
down the road. Back then the Greyhound would
leave you off down at Rt. 65 (old Rt. 65 today) a
quarter mile from the house. Bing always whistled
while he worked on the Maag farm also.
I do remember Bing saying that when their
ship passed a Navy ship, they would each play
their theme song for each other. The Coast Guard's
was "Semper Paratus" ("Always Ready").
2nd chorus (added 1943)
So here's the Coast Guard battle song,
We fight on land or sea.
Through howling gale and shot and shell,
To win our victory.
"Semper Paratus" is our guide,
Our pledge, our motto too.
We're "Always Ready" do or die!
Aye! Coast Guard we are for you!
The Navy's was "Anchors Aweigh”.
Sherman Street: 1945-1950
Sometime during my sophomore year we
moved to Sherman street in Ottawa. Don't
remember a lot about rationing. Do remember
taking stamps to the store for sugar, and
butter. Gas was rationed. We had to save it for
dad going to work. Of course we always
walked a lot anyhow.
Dad sold the car while I was still a
sophomore, said we didn't need one. Actually,
mom said he should not drive anymore. Dad
had injured an eye at work, impairing his left
side vision. The car had been parked in the
parking lot across from the restaurant in the
spaces next to the track. A semi-truck was hit
by a train and debris (dual wheels) from the
accident landed on the windshield of dad’s
car. Mom said, “Good time for you to quit
driving with your eyesight!” Dad sold the
junk car and did not replace it. We walked to
store, work, school, church.
Restaurant days: 1945-1947/1948
Mom and Rita had a restaurant - open very
late on Saturdays. We would clean the place
up and go to 5:00 a.m. Mass, which they had
during the war so people working in Defense
Plants could go to church. Both dad and Rita
also worked at the Tank Depot in Lima, not
sure of the timeframe. No Saturday evening
masses back then. After mass, everyone, mom,
dad, and all who went, would come home and
Rex Theater days: 1945-1948
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1. Movie is “Ali Baba Goes To Town” 1942
2. The movie poster is from April 1945
During High School, I worked at the Rex
Theater, one of our two movie theaters. It was
located two buildings west of mom and Rita’s
restaurant, right next to the railroad track. I
also worked at one of the Dry Cleaners. It was
located on one of the side streets, going north
from Main St. The day the war was over, I sold
the most popcorn in all the years I worked at
the Rex Theater. People would purchase it and
used it as confetti to throw in the streets.
Bill & Alice Laibe: 1946-1951
Bill Laibe left Nagoya, Japan on 27th Jan.
1946, 9:15 am on the USS General H. W. Butner
to arrive in Seattle, Washington. Sometime later
that year, he came for Alice and family, who was
living with us on Sherman street. Shortly, they
moved back to Des Plaines, where Bill worked
as an x-ray technician, and on to Maywood,
Illinois, where Bill worked in Hines Veterans
Hospital as the head x-ray technician. From
there, in the early 50’s, they moved back to
Ottawa and rented an upstairs apartment at the
East end of town.
Sylvania Electric - 1949-1951
I started working at Sylvania Elec. around
1949 probably quit around Aug. 1951.