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What was happening over here while our boys were ‘Over There’

February 10, 2011

Jeanette Brown, county historian, holds a hand-crocheted flag which was made by mothers of servicemen to hang in the windows of their homes. Each star signified how many from that family were in the service. The flag with six stars was from the Roy Goodrich family of Washington Township in Whitley County. — Post & Mail photo/Becky Hand

COLUMBIA CITY — During World War II many of the men of Whitley County joined the armed forces and served their country traveling all over the world.
But those who stayed behind did their own service for the country, just in a different way.
Jeanette Brown, Whitley County Historian will give a presentation on the World War II homefront at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City.
Did you know one Whitley County family sent six sons to the war?
Did you know that women who could knit or crochet were given instructions on how to make “soldier sets” for the servicemen?
Did you know that even the children of Whitley County participated in the war effort collecting such things as milkweed pod fluff?
Did you know that there were two dogs from Whitley County that served overseas, one as a guard at a German prisoner of war camp? Families providing the dogs were the Charley Thomson family and the O.H. Jones family.
Brown will speak on these topics and many more as she portrays what it was like over here, when our boys were Over There.
Brown is also collecting names of World War II veterans still living, who are in or from Whitley County. The list has grown to 70 at last count. Call the museum at 244-6372 if you know of another.

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