Birthday: October 26, 1923
Birthplace: Rudolph, Wisconsin
Family: Antone Kempen and Mamie Kempen
Occupation: Owned a beauty salon
This is the story of Lucille O'Shasky:
"In 1941 the war broke out, I was seventeen and going to Beauty School in Appeton. Emotions were running high in the United States then. I thought for some reason I wouldn't be able to get back home. I had a lot of cousins going to war, (but no immediate family). A lot of people I grew up with went to war. I and every other American were rationed certain foods,supplies, like: surgar, meat, butter, cofee, shoes, gas, tires ect. We would receive a book of stamps. For example, a stamp for sugar was worth five pounds. If you only wanted three pounds, you got two red coins in change. Those could be used to get the remaining sugar. You were only allowed to get 1-2 gallons of gas a week. You needed to car pool with friends to go anywhere.
When the war was going on, my friends and I would go to the Sherryland ballroom for dances. The car would be jammed packed. Along the way there and back we wouldn't be surprised to see four of five people pulled over with tire troubles. You couldn't get new tires. If you were lucky, you had good enough tires to get them recapped. A lot of times you had no spare tire so you patched the tube, pumped it up, and were on your way again.
I married a farmer and for our wedding we had to go before the rationing board in order to get stamps for extra food for the wedding. Like meat and sugar for baling for the dinner. Another thing you couldn't buy were diapers. Once while I was in Appleton, (8 months pregnant) I was at a store that had diapers. I waited in line for them and when I got up to the counter to buy them the lady behind the counter said I needed a doctor's order. So I asked them to hold a few diapers on our way home we stopped in Junction City where the doctor resided, got statement from the doctor, sent it, but never received any diapers.
I was the beautician for the wife of the manager at J.C. Penny's. The wife got me twenty-five yards of flannel to make diapers for the baby that was a few weeks from being born. I made twenty-five from this material." After the war Lucille and Edward O'Shasky went on to raise five children on the family farm in rural Rudolph where she still resides.
under Learn and Serve American Grant #00LSFWI104