Women and World War II

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Born in 1931, Mary Jane grew up in Madison, Indiana, moving between there and Corydon due to her father's job as a manager of various grocery stores. She recalls her childhood as innocent and normal, despite the war. Her family listened to the radio for news about the war and her father predicted the U.S. would join the war. When the U.S. did enter the war, Mary Jane's five male cousins and her brother-in-law enlisted. Her father also took a job at the Charleston powder plant, which manufactured ammunition powder. Mary Jane recalls the community of Madison becoming closer during the war and the town being considered a typical American town. She also mentions her uncle's involvement in the Manhattan Project, which he believed was for peaceful purposes until the atomic bomb was dropped.
Rosemary Block speaks about her experiences during World War II. Block was a child living in Louisville, Kentucky when the war began. She discusses her family's life during the war, including the drafting of her two older brothers and the death of her father in 1945. Block also talks about the impact of the war on her community, including rationing, collecting materials for the war effort, and changes in her neighborhood. She also reflects on the war's impact on race relations in her community.
Brennan grew up in Jefferson County and lived in various parts of Louisville throughout her life. She attended Holy Cross School from first to fourth grade and then St. Benedict's from fifth to eighth grade. She later attended Loretta High School. Marian had two older brothers, Louis Bertran Brennan Jr. and Charles Matthew Brennan, who both served in World War II. Her parents were both born and raised in Louisville, and her mother worked as a sewing machine operator during the war. Marian recalls her family's experiences during the war, including air raid drills, ration books, and her brothers' military service. She also discusses her family's religious practices as Catholics and their political views as Democrats.
Jones shares her experiences growing up on a farm in Madison, Indiana, during World War II. She discusses the impact of the war on her family and community, including the rationing of goods, the absence of her brothers who were drafted, and the changes in her town due to the war effort. Jones also talks about her school experiences, her family's involvement in the church, and the impact of the war on her childhood.
McCauley discusses her family life during World War II. She was primarily raised by her grandparents, as her mother worked and was often out of town. Her mother later worked on the construction of the Jefferson Proving Ground and other war-related projects. She recalls rationing during the war, but doesn't remember being deprived of anything. She also mentions attending the movies regularly and seeing war news reels before the films. After the war, her family's life returned to normal, with her uncle returning home and resuming his job at a meat packing company.
Ann Turner Ferris St. Clair grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and Washington County. She lived in small apartments in the city and moved to the country whenever her father was laid off from his job. During the war, her brother was drafted into the Marines and her mother worked at a bag plant in Indiana. Ann recalls the rationing of food and the changes in her brother after he returned from the war. She also remembers the celebrations when the war ended.