Date in History: 1945

At the end of 1945, life began to return to normal after four long years of war. Although 260 Fort Atkinson men and women were still serving overseas, the stories and advertisements in the Jefferson County Union reflected the changing times. Employment ads encouraged veterans to apply and Victory Bonds replaced War Bonds as the country sought to pay for the expense of war.

Rationing and recycling were a thing of the past and no longer dominated the news. One particular example of recycling during the war was the cloth sack. Once containing feed, flour and sugar, the sacks were recycled into clothes, toys, underwear, even curtains. Initially begun as a marketing idea in the late 1920’s, the cloth sack’s popularity continued through the Depression and World War II.

This historic document aired on the radio as an Historic Minute on 12/12/2005.