“There were scrap drives all the time with everyone collecting metal and paper and other scarce items. The Boy and Girl scouts and other organizations were always having drives and contests to see who could collect the most. Patriotism was at an old time high, and Roosevelt was a hero to all of us. There was more respect shown for national leaders then, and we would not have dared question whether or not he was doing the right thing. Their private lives were not exposed as they are today.
“We had air raid wardens in every neighborhood, volunteers who were to warn their area of blackouts. When these blackouts were called, everyone in town turned out all the lights for a certain period of time, and it was very eerie. These were held so that we would know what to do in case of an attack on this country. Though that was always a remote possibility we did not treat it as such, as we read about the terrible air raids over England.”