"The rationing part of it, that hit us. We had hired men, and mother had to do a lot of cooking. And so sugar rationing really hit the cooking part of it. But we had neighbors that had many kids, and they didn't use all their sugar. So, we were able to buy some of their sugar sometimes… If you have 10 or 12 kids, and you each got a certain ration, that's a lot of sugar… We just became more ingenious. You know, if we could buy a box of Jell-O, we'd make a piecrust and put Jell-O in it and we had pie. We didn't have to have sugar. We'd just do other things. Other than that, I can't say that gas rationing really – we weren't that far from town. I don't know about tires. I know my grandfather was a minister, so he got extra tires and extra gas for being a minister."

Diena Schmidt – Rationing


Other Excerpts from Diena Schmidt's Interview:

Conscientiouis Objectors
The Refrigerator Replaces the Cave
The Hard Work of Irrigation
Gravity Flow Irrigation Systems
Diena's Dad John Thieszen
Fighting Army Bugs without Insecticide