Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Recycling during the 1940s #gagenealogy #gaancestors #georgiapioneers #gawillsandestates

Recycling during the 1940s

old bottlesDuring World War II, sugar and other commodities were rationed. The family had its ration book, and shopped accordingly. Air raid wardens frequented the eighborhood, reminding people to douse the lights. Nothing was wasted. My grandmother stuffed pillors with cotton balls she'd saved from medicine bottles. Older women seemed to have a wad of hair in the closet saved from their girl hood days when people sold their hair for wigs. Remembering that, my grandmother considered it a possible source of emergency funds. One could sell their hair, if need be. There was only one closet in each room, and cedar chests stored the linens. Instead, built-in pantries were the fashion of the day. Because there was war going on and food was rationed, we were reminded "eat everything on your plate. "Remember the hungry children in China!" Yep, those children in China set the tone to be thrifty and not wasteful. All clothing in our family was passed down, with collars being turned over and sewn on backwards. My father's white shirts were preserved for further wear by the turning of collars and cuffs. And, they were properly starched and ironed. My grandmother worked half the day washing, starching and pressiing with an iron warmed on a wood stove. There are people today who think that people need to be taught to conserve. However, they only need to glimpse into yesterday by 70 or 80 years to realize that it is their generation which does not understand conservation. My school days consisted of collecting coat hangers to take to the dry cleaners where the pay was one cent per coat hanger. Also, we collected and returned all cola-type bottles to be credited one penny on each bottle. Yes, most people lived poorly and everything was recycled. 

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    Testators: Baker, Edmund;Baker, John;Bass, Persons;Bolling, Silas;Bowman, Joel;Close, Gideon;Cochran, Thomas;Coleman, William; Drew, Samuel;Edwards, Mary;Elgood, DeForrest;Erwin, Alexander;Farnsworth, John;Finley, Samuel;Force, Samuel;Foster, Ransom; Gennings, Susannah;Harris, James;Harp, Seaborn;Hemphill, David;Hill, William;Hinton, Wyly;Holt, Alfred;Hood, John;Horn, John;Hosch, J.; Howell, Thomas;Howell, William;Jennings, Elizabeth;Johnson, George; Johnston, John;Jones, John;Kendrick, Thomas;Knowles, Charles;Latimer, George;Lawrence, Martin;Lawrence, Thomas;Loden, Thomas;Meyers, William; Morton, John;Morton, John W.;Moseley, Samuel;Murdock, John;Neal, Adam; Parsley, James;Parsley, James (2);Penn, John;Powell, Thomas;Powell, William;Rhinehart, Powell;Robinson, Joseph;Rounsaville, Gracy;Rudisil, Philip;Scott, James;Scruggs, Thomas;Taylor, Jonathan;Thomas, James; Wood, Wiley;Wright, Henry; Wright, Robert. 

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