May 21-27, 1944:
The end of the war was yet some months away, but the Allied forces were making headway.
At home, many Clay County men were seeing the world as members of the United States fighting forces.
• The Nazi army was said to be preparing to make its next stand in northern Italy. Meanwhile, Allied forces have made gains of 18 miles in the last 48 hours, taking more than 6,000 German prisoners.
• It’s time for the Fifth War Loan Drive. Employees in Clay County’s 338 stores, offices and factories will be asked to meet the need June 12 through July 8, John H. Riddell, Clay County chairman of the war finance committee, announced today.
• LONDON— General Dwight. D. Eisenhower’s supreme invasion headquarters broadcast its first direct orders to Europe’s underground Saturday night, telling that huge and revenge-thirsty army to make careful and minute note of the Germans every move to aid in the coming assault.
• Diplomas will be awarded to 100 members of the senior class of Brazil senior high school, one of whom, William Powell, will be unable to be present on account of having been inducted into the army a few days ago. The 60th annual commencement exercises will be at the physical education building at 8:15 o’clock tomorrow evening.
• The Brazil high track team closed its season Saturday at the state track meet by placing third in the mile relay and winning six points to lead all valley rivals: Garfield 4, Mooresville two, Wiley 1 –7, and Tech 6.
The Brazil Public Library has The Brazil Times on microfilm. To learn more about Clay County history, visit the library.
Next week, May 28-June 3, 1945.