Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

January 3, 2014

AC history

The Daily Iowegian

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Jan. 3, 1930: As the Depression got worse, social conditions deteriorated. The county’s charities couldn’t cope with the demand for basic necessities of life from so many people. A new Social Service League was formed. The members appealed for donations of used clothing, for shoes and socks for the many barefoot children they had witnessed in the coldest weather. (327)

Jan. 4, 1941: Japan’s seizures of the world’s crude rubber supplies caught up with the nation. Tire rationing was announced. Stocks of tires, inner tubes and rubber shoes were frozen. People lined up at the Davison Hardware Store on the Square’s north side (today the new Jackson store) for their allotment. For those who didn’t qualify, a familiar “ker-thump” was heard as they extended the life of their tires by patching old tire holes with pieces of leather cut from old boots. (413)