SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, CHILDHOOD WORK, & FARMING DURING WWII

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SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, CHILDHOOD WORK, & FARMING DURING WWII,

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CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Went to high school for just a few days because father became ill & boys had to take care of farm.
CHILDHOOD WORK
Mr. Williams discusses work on farm after father became ill, particularly their milk route, the largest in the area. That was real work. Cream cans were as big as they were. Then sold mild route after 2 yrs. Ran farm with tractor & horses. Hired help during busy (harvest, threshing) season. Too busy to take a vacation. Just went to places in southern IL. Did not have money to travel.
FARMING DURING WWII
Discussion of trouble getting draft deferment, so he & twin brother tried to sign up, but military would not keep them together. Mr. Williams decided not to join up. He waited to deferment as a 4-F. Could not run farm by himself. Finally father said just sell farm. Got the deferment the day after the farm sale, but signed up for the Marines.
MILITARY SERVICE
Stories of first experiences with the Marines. Uniforms did not fit.