Because the armed forces required such large
amounts of commercially canned foods, the government encouraged
everyone in both cities and in the country, to plant a Victory
Garden and grow as many vegetables as they had room for.
It is estimated that there were some 20 million Victory Gardens
planted during this push. Our fighting men sacrificed much to keep
our nation free during World War II, but our home folks also
sacrificed in the economies they practiced to support the war
effort. Housewives were urged to save and recycle – or as they said
then, "make due."
They peeled the labels off tin cans and flattened them for scrap
metal. They even saved cooking grease to turn in for the manufacture
of bombs. They faced rationing of sugar and fuel and many other
necessities of everyday life.
We pay tribute to the brave wives and mothers who became heads of
households and did their part to support their fighting men.
Wood Stove – Krista Bolton
Icebox – Buddy Marlow
Pressure Cooker – Mary Hand
Maytag Washer – Betty Douthit
Washtub – Vicki Bedingfield
Fruit Jars – Jim Hughes
Save Fats Poster – Jerry Barksdale
Clock, glass churn, waffle iron – Jim Patteson
Apron, utensils – Marianne Porter
Sink – Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sowell
Kettle – Wendell Powers
Cupboard – Mary Romine
Butter churn – Clyde Mabry
Plates – Karen Middleton