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 this.

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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