Lou Ann Siburt>UIS Collection S>UIS Collection S, Segment 19


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Caught a case of the mumps from sister right after baby's birth. Husband had to decide whether or not to put her in isolation. Mother-in-law took care of Mrs. Siburt and the baby. Ambulance took them home for free. Most women stayed in bed 10-14 days after having a baby. Started walking around on the twelfth day. Started cleaning the house and dealing in ration books. Meat, sugar, leather goods, canned goods, and gasoline were rationed. Did not involve themselves in the black market. Most people did not have cars because car production was stopped so gasoline rationing was not too bad. Gas rationing cards came in A, B, and C types. Kept some ration books, stamps, and telegrams. Describes the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor and how they found out about it. Father grieved the fact that his German relatives would be fighting Americans. Lots of people were very enthusiastic about the war. Describes Victory in Europe Day and Victory in Japan Day. On VJ day, there was a parade and party downtown, and husband was home. Took baby downtown to see. Girls wore shorts on VJ day even though they were banned. Many people went to church for the day. One friend's husband died in the war as a result of a train accident, but everyone else came home. Thinks growing up in those times taught her endurance, dedication to her family, and appreciation for what she has.