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 Hardin County, Illinois


February 1945

Source: Hardin County Independent News

William F. Ferrell was the proprietor of Best Cleaners in Elizabethtown which was modern in every respect with the latest scientific equipment.  Miss Gold Byrd was employed there.

Ferrell's DX Service Station in Rosiclare was advertising seat covers, bumper jacks, batteries and tires.

Carl Frayser, George Pickering, Lambert Patton, and Edna Hope Lambert had been honored at a birthday dinner given by the Royal Neighbors Lodge in Cave In Rock.

C. B. Humm of Idle Hour Farm had purchased 150 white leg horn hens from Rev. H. M. Reis at St. Joseph.

The Hardin County Sportsmen's Club would pay a $100 reward to any person who would give information leading to the arrest and conviction of person/persons who killed deer in Hardin County.  Their intention was to protect deer which had been released into the county.   Dr. Albert Mueller, president of the club, had stated that if in a few years he and his children and others could drive along roads in Hardin County and see deer, conservation efforts of the club would be working.  

The War Food Administration had warned civilians that there were to be more meatless days ahead.  Due to more stringent rationing, civilians could expect the shortest supply of meat in 10 years.

Four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Dock Hobbs, Route 1, Cave In Rock, were serving in the military; Pvt. John A Hobbs, 24, wounded in Paris, patient in Spokane, WA hospital; Pvt. Loyd Hobbs, 26, stationed in Texas; PFC Earl Hobbs, 19, Marines; Cpl. Aniel Hobbs, 34, South Pacific.

An unusual notice had been printed in the Hardin County Independent; "You've Gotta Mooch--You Can't Subscribe."  The editor had explained that as of October 1944, the Independent had not been permitted to buy any more paper than that required for its 2, 265 prepaid subscribers due to the war.  Fifteen new subscribers were waiting to receive the paper if others did not renew their subscriptions.  The editor wrote, "Only one thing hurts more than handing money back over the counter.  We can't take your subscription."

It was reported that "Fine Used Cars For Sale" was the advertisement for auto dealers to use--probably for the next three years.  It was anticipated that three years of record breaking production would be required to fill pent up public demand for new automobiles once the was ended.

Pvt. Dale Cullison had written home that he was in India where it had been as hot as the 4th of July on Christmas Day and he had gone swimming.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Lamb of near Cave In Rock had received a letter from their son, PFC Willis E. Lamb, in active duty in Belgium.

Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Hohler of Cave In Rock had three sons serving in the military; PFC Gordon D. Hohler in the South Pacific, PFC Harold Hohler stationed at San Luis Obispo, CA., and Byrl Hohler on European battlefields.  The Hohler's son-in-law, Wade Kirk, had also been inducted into the service.

Cpl. Harry Winters had sent German articles--a flag, razor and locket and chain--to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Winters in Elizabethtown.

Raleigh Anderson of near the Wye had received a letter from his son S/Sgt. Roy L. Anderson who had been wounded in active duty.  He had served in Africa, Italy and France, and he was in a field hospital in France.  He had been awarded the Purple Heart.

"Marshall of Gunsmoke" was showing at the Ohio Theatre, Cave In Rock, starring Tex Ritter and Russell Hayden.

The Woman's Club and Lions Club had received approval from the Rosiclare city council for a tax supported library.  A nine-member citizens governing board was to be appointed by the council.  Percy Howard was mayor of Rosiclare.  The library, located at the "Y", had been sponsored by and kept up by the Woman's Club.  Mrs. Anna Curtis, librarian, was paid by the club to keep it open three day a week.  Committee members that had approached the city council were Mrs. F. W. Rutherford, Margaret Conley, L. J. Goetzman, A. H. Cronk, Dr. Albert Mueller, Dr. Joe Scott and Otis Lamar.

Mrs. Frances Shaw had received word that her husband, Sgt. Francis Shaw was wounded and in a hospital in England.  He was expected to return to the States soon.

President Roosevelt had called all Americans to action "to help in getting food produced and seeing that it is conserved and shared."  America's armed forces were receiving 41% of the canned and bottled food produced, and the nation's total food supply was at its lowest level.  He was calling upon millions of Victory gardeners to do their part.

The river had frozen over after an overnight temperature of one degree above zero the day before.  The ice was not thick enough to walk on.

PFC Thomas Mott, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Mott, Rosiclare, was recovering in a hospital in England from a leg wound received in active duty in Belgium.

PFC Harley Daymon, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Daymon of Rosiclare, was home after serving in New Guinea and New Brittain.

PFC Alfred E. Carr had written home that he had spent Christmas as never before--in a fox hole in the Phillippines.

Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Hamp had received word that their son, Pvt. Louis Hamp had be wounded in action in Germany.

Lt. (jg) Bennett E. Andrew of Rosiclare had flown a carrier based Navy fighter in the Philippines.  He was with the U. S. 3rd Fleet.

The president of the National Shoe Manufacturers Association had announced that manufacture of leather shoes for civilian consumption was to be cut by 55 million pairs.  That meant 160 million pairs of none leather shoes would need to be produced.

Mr. and Mrs. Loren Donithan of Central had bought Byrd's Grocery Store at Midway from Mr. and Mrs. James Byrd who had moved to Rosiclare.

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