Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

January 24, 2014

AC history

The Daily Iowegian

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Jan. 24, 1945: A sense of confidence was spreading about the war in Europe. In a letter home to his parents in Udell, Captain Glenn Cridlebaugh, serving with Patton’s Third Army, wrote: “I’ve been at the edge of the Fatherland ... and we’ve had some guns on top of one of the Maginot line forts. We have good warm clothes and plenty of equipment. That helps .... Sure glad this war isn’t going on in the USA and feel plenty sorry for these folks over here. You know what it would be like at home without food or fuel.” (496)

Jan. 25, 1942: As the war progressed, the rubber shortage grew worse. Burlington Trailways curtailed its bus services. Stores restricted home deliveries. Servicemen at Iowa Southern Utilities pedaled to emergency calls on shiny new bicycles. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company made the Goodyear Service store on Haynes Avenue the town’s official Tire-Life Extension Station. (413-414)