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1942: Rationing and Scrap Metal

Submitted by Jari Lynn Oncken - May 13, 2017

April 16: For the second time in its history Minonk Community High School will publish a yearbook this spring to be called "Hi-Story." The last and only time a yearbook was published was 1917.

That Minonk is the center of the corn growing area of the world has long been known and last year Woodford County led the state on average production per acre.

April 23: Men 45 to 65 will register Monday for service. This registration will be to obtain an accurate check on the man-power for war work. It is unlikely that these men will be called to active service.

May 7: The juniors and seniors of Minonk Community High School will hold their annual banquet and prom in the ballroom of the Illinois Hotel in Bloomington tonight at 7:30.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors of the "Poppy Posters," report the winners to be as follows: class one, first prize, Albin Johnson; second prize, Harriet Oncken; class two first prize, Betty Claycomb; second prize, Donna Rich.

Prizes awarded in war stamps were first prize, 75 cents and second prize, 50 cents.

May 14: A total of 1,919 persons registered for sugar rationing at the Minonk Grade School, the total falling about 500 short of the expected registration.

Persons wishing sugar for canning will be rationed at the rate of five pounds additional per person per year.

There's going to be a serious smashup at the bank corner if a stop sign is not installed. The hazard seems worse since the paving has been widened.

One coming from the West on Fifth Street cannot see an approaching car from either the North or South until he is almost in the middle of Chestnut Street.

May 21: Approximately 75 tons of scrap metal have been collected and sold in the Minonk area since the start of the National Scrap Week drive on Monday.

Persons having metal to sell are to take it to either local elevator for weighing and then to the Leiken garage where Max Leiken will pay $10 for each ton and 50 cents for each hundred pounds delivered.

May 28: 92 Minonk men are in the U. S. Armed forces serving Uncle Sam.

Eight million citizens of Illinois have been requested to pause for one minute at 1:25 p.m. Sunday June 7 and face to the west in silent tribute to the heroes who are defending the nation's outposts in the Pacific.

One minute earlier, from one end of the state to the other, sirens will sound, church bells toll and whistles blow calling attention of the people of the state to the treacherous attack of Pearl Harbor six months prior to that hour.