This Week, That Year in Clay County: May 14-20, 1943: Clay County praised after test of first black out of war
May 14-20, 1943: Clay County praised after test of first black out of war
The week of May 14-20, 1943, brought America and Clay County even closer to victory in World War II. But, there was much left to be done.
A county-wide black out earned praise from the colonel who observed it for the War Department.
Black outs were common during the war, especially on the east and west coasts. At night, all the city lights were turned out and black curtains were hung over the windows of every home. The purpose was to keep enemy planes from being able to find targets during late night bombing raids.
While Clay County was far from either coast, obviously, the War Department thought it was a good idea to keep Hoosiers protected from planes that might get past all the states between here and the oceans.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee recommended the Navy spend more than $29 billion, hailing the aircraft carrier “as the backbone of a new navy,” from lessons learned at Pearl Harbor.
Berlin and other cities are blasted
LONDON — The tremendous air might of the allies has been turned loose on the Nazi fortress in Europe.
To the axis on the receiving end it must be the most terrifying site in history. They are coming, the big roaring bombers of the allies from all directions and at all times crossing the channel from England. High across the German lines from Russia. And now they wing their way unhampered across the Mediterranean from Africa.
Test black out given general support here
Lt. Col. M. G. Henley, U.S. Army, and his staff here to inspect the first black out of the war last night, were well pleased with the results of the county wide test. Col. Henley said that the several branches of civilian defense protection performed their duties efficiently and that the cooperation from the people of Clay County was most gratifying.
The entire area was completely blacked out, even the Big Four and Pennsylvania trains traveling through the county between 8:30 and 9:30 were dark. Train crews received their black out orders from the War Department.
Blood donor appeal slow in response
Response to the appeal for blood donors to enroll for the coming visit of the Red Cross mobile blood donor unit has been very slow, according to the personnel of the local Red Cross office. The mobile unit, which is coming back to Brazil under the sponsorship of the Brazil Lodge No. 762, BPO Elks, will again be housed at the Elks club on June second and third.
War Bond drive for May
The Clay County legion’s War Bond drive for May opened today when application blanks for bonds were mailed out to 4,000 citizens over the county. Organizer David W. Henry urges everyone who receives one of the applications to fill it out it once and buy as liberally of war bonds as possible.
City Hall redecorated
The interior of the City Hall has been tastefully decorated in cream trimmed in brown and presents a much improved appearance. A railing and gate has been built in the Police Department and customers will now have to stand outside the railing to transact their business with the police.
Hyatt home from Africa
Dave Hyatt, 26-year-old son of the late Harry C. Hyatt of Cory, arrived home this week from North Africa where he has spent more than a year with the American field service attached to the British eighth army. While in Africa, Hyatt also filed a series of eyewitness stories for the North American newspaper alliance.
Hyatt left the United States in January 1942 with an American field service unit and a few months later arrived in Cairo, Egypt, where his outfit was assigned to ambulance duty with the now famous fighting army unit it captured in Tripoli early this spring.
Coal workers threaten work stoppage
Rumblings of another work stoppage are coming from the nation’s coal pits. Indications of what is in the wind came from Pennsylvania. Local coal operators operating in both districts 8 and 11 said this afternoon that they had received no notification from the miners’ organization in either field as to their intentions to remain at work or walk out Tuesday night.
Curl Bucholz, Knightsville, employed at the Ayshire-Patoka tipple at Staunton, was painfully injured while making some repairs on the tipple by a fall of about 10 feet. He was taken to the Clay County Hospital in a Miller & Sons ambulance suffering from a severe leg injury.
Heslar receives degree
A distinguished son of Indiana, who left home at the age of 16 to become an apprentice seaman, returned to his native state yesterday to receive education honors which he might have won years ago but which he forsook for a career with the U.S. Navy.
He is Capt. O. F. Heslar, director of training for the Ninth Naval District, and he has been following his Navy career — afloat and ashore — for more than 33 years. Today in Greencastle, near his childhood home in Brazil, he received an honorary degree of doctor of laws from DePauw University.
Next week, May 21-27, 1944
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