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Can all you can war poster
World War II poster SHSND# OWI-77
In 1938, interest raised a bit. Three Homemakers’ Clubs chose one gardening topic each. But their interest may have been piqued by a very popular program on canning. One was presented at Hazelton where fifty-two women showed up, and another at Linton where 90 women watched a professional Home Economist demonstrate proper canning techniques. One of these demonstrators, Ina B. Howe was employed by Ball Brothers Company; the other, Mrs. Clark Theim, worked for Kerr Glass Company. (Emmons County Annual Report, 1938)

During the years of World War II, the Emmons County agent, Ben Barrett, didn’t mention Victory Garden activities at all. However, in 1944, the Progressive Homemakers’ Club sponsored a display of garden products in Linton as part of a Juniro Garden Club project. Most of the vegetables were raised by 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students in the summer school garden. Each exhibit was judged and the judge offered tips on how to arrange a good display. It was important, the unnamed judge said, that all vegetables in the display be as uniform in size and shape as possible. A few gardeners also displayed flowers, fruit, and vegetables and canned goods. Henry Johnson of rural Emmons County had an orchard with two or three kinds of apple trees and grapes. Mrs. Hans Hanson created a display of “almost every kind” of fruit or vegetable. (Emmons County Annual Report, 1944, newspaper clipping)

During the war years, the Farm Security Administration (FSA) tested pressure cookers for area homemakers. There were five separate events at which sixty-seven pressure cookers (canners) were tested for safety and effectiveness. Eleven were found to be in poor condition, twenty-five were adjusted. (Emmons County Annual Report, 1944)

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