September 31, 1942 – This ‘n’ That

The Nisqually Valley News
September 31, 1942

H.P. Hall has lately been showing around a parchment, which was sent to his son, who was on the Aircraft Carrier Lexington, when it sank, to commemorate that event. Myron has been at Sandpoint Naval Air Station for some time and was able to be home once in a while. The people of the community are proud of Myron and all of the other b boys who are risking their lives and their lives and their future in order that we may be saved from life under the regime of the Japanese and their kind. We hope that all of them will be as lucky as Myron in getting out alive of a sinking such as that. We know that the boys are not in the Navy to give their lives for their country, but to kill all of the Japs and the Germans they can for their country.

The Office of Civilian Defense, the OCD, is concerned with the protection of civilians, that is, with protection of people such as you and I. It is organized to provide the necessary information and training so that we may be able to ? the damage that will result from air raids by our enemies. But it cannot fulfill its purpose unless we cooperate. In other words the OCD, created by the President as a necessary ? to our armed forces, has no power to come into the community and draft individuals into its organization. It can only point out the necessity for civilian protection as has been demonstrated in England, and offer us the opportunity to get the necessary information and training; our for the taking. All we have to do is to show our readiness to take part in the program and ? ourselves of the change to obtain what we need to defend ourselves and our homes.

The War Department has established Civilian Protection Schools in different parts of the country, where hours of intensive instruction are given to individuals who in turn will instruct the people of their communities, This will serves both group and individual needs. Where folks live together in groups, towns and cities, they will learn and train together to protect their communities. Where folks live together in groups, towns and cities, they will learn and train together to protect their communities. Where folks are isolated on farms, with perhaps only one or even no neighbors with helping distance, each family should have one member trained in first aid, a trained fire bomb team, and a shelf stocked with the simple necessities for countering the effects of poison gas. And if you do not live in town you ? the benefit of the training which will be given by the local defense committee as soon enough as citizens show their willingness and desire to receive it.
Navy Mothers Elect Officers For New Yelm Club
The Navy Mothers Club of Yelm met at the Social Hall Tuesday evening and held election of officers. Those elected for the coming of year were Mrs. Leona Brown, commander; Beulah Wilson, 1st Vice commander; Lora Isom, 2nd vice commander; Louise Rhotoa, adjutant; Esther Justman, finance officer; Carrie Lewis, ?: Hilda Johnston, judge advocate; Mary Alongi and Elsie Herness, matrons of arms; Jane Sokolik and Beulah Schultz, color bearers.

Refreshments were served and enjoyed by all. The next meeting will be announced later.
Yelm’s New School Ready To Dedicate October 1st

The Nisqually Valley News

Thursday, September 17th, 1942

Yelm’s new $95,000.00 high school was put into use for the first time on Monday, September 14th, when about 200 old and new students reported for classes in the school, which will comfortably take care of 250 to 300 students.

Built completely of brick, the new structure consists of eight classrooms, home ec, chemistry laboratory, commercial department, library, auditorium, stage and the offices. Since the two laboratories are not quite complete, the dedication service will not be held until about October 1st. Mrs. Pearl Wanamaker, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will be asked to be present at the dedicatory program.

The new building holds a great many innovations for convenient and comfortable study for the students, such as fluorescent lighting, a one story building, partially fire proof, a dark room for developing pictures, a projection room, a telephone in each room, display corners, silent tread floor covering and some hard wood flooring.

The new school will draw students from Yelm, Lackamas, McKenna and Collins; all of these except Collins being parts of the new district No. 400. Montgomery is superintendent of the district and Frank Bower is principal of the high school.

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This “n” That

By Laura L. Hahn

“It can happen here.” It has happened here. A Jap bomb has fallen on United States soil. True, it didn’t do much harm, but that wasn’t because it was impossible for harm to be done. That was luck. The fact that it happened at all should startle us out of our complacency and into action. It should make us realize that the enemy can bomb us any time that he wants to pay the price. The war Department tells us this. It also tells us that our armed forces need our help-yes need it so badly that it has taken steps to train us to give that help.

In this different kind of war, this “total war”, it is possible for enemy planes to get by all defenses. They can bring in loads of incendiary fire bombs capable of starting ? the like of which we have never known. Here the armed forces need our help. We know that they will do all in their power to keep the enemy away, but when these raiders get by them, as they can any time they wish to pay the price, it is up to us. We must be ready. We can organize to minimize the damage the enemy can do. We can train ourselves to meet the emergency; to put out the little fires before they become big; to maintain and repair vital links in communication and transportation; to safeguard our families from damage by poison gas; and protect them from panic and lawlessness.

Yelm doesn’t need the elaborate control center that a large city does, but give these facts about fire your consideration: One plane can carry a load of one thousand incendiary fire bombs and, flying at the rate of two hundred miles and hour, can drop them in fifty seconds while traveling a distance of three miles. IN a city such as Seattle it could start seventy-five to eighty fires. Ten planes could start seven hundred fifty to eight hundred fires. Could the regular fire department of Seattle control that many fires? And in a like emergency here at home, could Yelm firemen control that many fires? The answer is “No.” It is up to us civilians. We must have ? firemen trained to help in such an emergency before it happens. It will be too late if we wait to see if it will happen before we organize. We don’t need to guess or experiment. We can learn from our allies, build our organization on the foundation of their experience. Such is the Office of Civilian Defense, created by the President to take up the defense of our homes where the armed forces leave off, where our help is vital and necessary.

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