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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • ALBERTA ANDERS: Book offers homefront history

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  • Are you ready for a history live celebration to include food, music, demonstrations, pie auction, silent auction, live auction and just a whole lot of fun? Come join us May 24, on the Pineville Square 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We promise you won’t be sorry.
    For now we are inviting anyone interested in being involved in the grand old historical building, our museum (opening May 24) who would like to consider being a tour guide, join us next Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. or Sunday the 27th at 2 p.m. for an orientation providing information. The “Docent Reception” will offer lots of information combined with refreshments.  Contact us at the address/phone below or just drop in.
    I would like to share with you at this time from Jean Helm’s “Pineville Early Days” her memories of Pineville: “During World War I and World War II, Pineville contributed much to the war efforts. Red Cross meetings were held regularly to roll bandages, collect blood, food, and clothing. Donna Sweet Goodman remembers knitting wristlets for the men in Alaska. The ration and draft offices were located in Pineville and people cooperated. Ration books were a way of life.  Flour, sugar, meat, shoes, gasoline, tires, cokes, candy bars, cigarettes and other items were rationed. Scrap iron was collected and sent to steel mills. Food was a commodity much in demand, and Pineville residents contributed their share. There were no refrigerators, cars, or other hardware items to be purchased. Stores were practically empty of these ‘luxuries.’ Hundreds of men were loaded on buses on the square in Pineville to go for examination and induction into the armed forces. Sometimes as many as four or five Crown Coaches would be loaded when they left. Their families all came to “watch the boys leave.” The square would be crowded with people. The post office was at that time located in the center of the block on the west side of the square. People would be lined up into the street waiting for the morning mail to see if they could hear from their sons and fathers. There was no instant communication as there is now, and sometimes letters would be three months old and censored when they finally came. Brown’s Drug Store was a visiting center for servicemen on leave, and a photograph of every serviceman was on display there.”
    Thank you Jean for saving and sharing these memories.  If you are interested in becoming a part of the Society, would like to be a part of the Docent Committee providing information for interested visitors,  just join us next Saturday or Sunday….you may call us at 417-223-4127, leave a message at 417-223-7700, write P.O. Box 572, Pineville 64856 or visit the McDonald county Historical Society Facebook page or at www.mcdonaldcohistory.org.
    Page 2 of 2 - Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.

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