Archive for Thursday, December 29, 2011

Have a good New Year!

December 29, 2011

Is it too late to make a New Year’s resolution? I hope not because I haven’t made mine yet. I do have a few questions about that. Do you make more than one? And if you make more than one, can you stick with them for more than 30 days? If I make five, which one do I break first? It gets so complicated, I think I will just skip it and not worry.

Seventy years ago, I graduated from the Lansing Grade School, which was on the corner of Minnie Street and Kansas. Now you would know it as the Zinser Apartment Building and the street in now Main. I was in the eighth grade on Dec. 7, 1941, and can remember so much about what went on in our town after the bombing of Pearl Harbor happened.

I was in high school all the war years and so many classmates quit school early to go into the service. That is one reason at age 15 I got a job in Kansas City, Kan., at the Milk Producers Marketing Co. I caught the bus on the corner across from our house and it took me to Fourth and Minnesota. Then I took the Fairfax bus into the Fairfax District where our building was. Eleven of my friends at Lansing High School were working there too, mostly on weekends and during the summer months.

The jobs were available because so many young people were going into the service. Folks that were not in the service were working in the defense plants.

The citizens on the home front were busy doing everything to back those who went off to war. Every day we would hear about this one or that one that either got drafted or joined. Our company made powdered milk by the barrel that weighed 225 pounds. That was part of our war effort.

Since I am not going to make any New Year’s resolutions, I guess I will just continue to plug along with my normal routine that keeps me thinking about our wonderful town and be thankful that we are here. Happy New Year.


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