Rationing During WW II and PTA
Before I went to work at Lincoln High School I was active
in the Interlake P. T. A. serving as vice-president with
Leola Crosby as President. This was in the fall of 1941
just before the start of W. W. II. When rationing was started
it was done in the public schools. Some of the teachers couldn't
seem to figure out how to do it so the principal, Mr. Gibson,
asked Leola and me to help out. After we had to correct some
of the mistakes I realized that teachers are human and didn't
feel so much in awe of them as I had before. One of my friends
found her ration book a year or so ago with my signature
and gave it to me.
After I started to work in the Lincoln High School office
we had to issue ration books for sugar. This was done at
night and the night I had to be there George Austin, principal
of Hamilton Jr. H. S., kept me company. No one came the entire
evening so we talked; rather, Mr. Austin talked. He was disliked
by many parents and there were rumors at times of their trying
to get him out of Hamilton. He had strict rules and expected
them to be kept. One of them I remember was that no boy and
girl could walk to or from school together. Years before
he had been sent to Interlake Grade School, he told me, to
discipline the big boys who went across the ravine, which
is now 45th Street, to a saloon during lunch hour. He stopped
He was proud of the fact that many of the boys he had disciplined
so severely at Hamilton had been writing him after they got
into the armed services thanking him for what he had done.
He really cared for the boys and girls and for their welfare.
I have always been glad for that evening with him.
In the spring of 1942 Leola and I were sent to the State
P. T. A. Convention in Bellingham. All sessions and classes
had something to do with the war effort.
The one thing of all I heard that I remember was that to
retain all the vitamins in carrots they had to be sliced
lengthwise! As usual Capt. Sanislo of the Seattle Fire Department
attended and gave his talk on fire prevention. On the train
coming back to Seattle he entertained us with his humor and
harmonica. Do you children remember his appearances at Interlake,
talking and playing his harmonica? Now, one of the grade
schools is named for him.
1988/9 Life Story Class
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