Birthday: February 02, 1928
Birthplace: Shawano County, Seymour, Wisconsin
Family: Anthony and Susan Rozmiarek
Mrs. Alice Smith grew up on a farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war. The people at home certainly felt the repercussions.
During the war, Alice was in eighth grade. Everyday there was a school assembly with an update of the war. This was beneficial to all of the students because basically all of the students had a close friend or relative in the war.
The school also had to make other sacrifices. Gas was rationed; because of this all sports were within the school day. Classes were cut short so that after sports were done all the kids could ride the bus home.
If you lived on a farm, you got a gas ration stamp with a B, and if you lived in the city or town, you got a stamp with an A. The farm families with B's received more gas than the city people for their trips to town and they needed more gas for their machinery. To save gas nobody would come into town in the evening, and when they had to go shopping they took one big trip. During the trip they bought everything they needed such as food, clothes, and cattle feed.
What people on the farm needed most was sugar and flour, both of these were rationed. Shoes were also rationed. Each person could only have two pairs of shoes a year. The first pair had to last the first six months, then the second pair was used for dress occasions. That way they could wear their first pair when they played or to do work.
Recycling was a big issue during the war. Cans, lard, fat, and tinfoil were recycled. All of these were used in the war effort. Things such as bottles and jars were brought back to stores and were reused.
Mrs. Alice Smith had two brothers. One volunteered and served in the Pacific, and the other brother stayed home to do the work on their farm and the neighbors' farm. He did not have to go because of dependant deferral; he had to take care of the family. Alice did her part at home also. She did as much work as men; including milking 15 cows on nights. The neighbors all worked together, very often they worked late into the night. People worked together again in the war effort. Today I believe through it all, people would come togehter again if we were faced with war.
"I start to wonder if life during my high school years was definitely less rushing, and not as stressful as it is today. We worked together, but had more time for family. I would like to come back to that time again, only if I could have all the conveniences that we have today."
"Everyone just did things with their families. That is what the weekends were for. Since we couldn't go anywhere, it just made it easier to do things with my family. Around the house things were less complicated. We didn't have such conveniences as refrigerators, hot and cold water, indoor bathrooms, etc."
under Learn and Serve American Grant #00LSFWI104