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"I remember exactly when Pearl Harbor was bombed. I would have been, probably, eight years old and didn't understand the magnitude of it, but I knew it was something big. We lived out on a farm and had the old battery radio. It seems to me I was outside playing, or doing something on a Sunday afternoon, and my parents said, 'Come on in, listen to this.' So we did. And, again, I didn't quite understand the magnitude of it. But the next morning I went to a rural one-room school and all of the parents were there...
   "I think just a meeting place to talk to other people about it because communications were not that great at that time. They all probably had a radio, but that's about all they had. And they just wanted to talk more about it.
   "Yeah, I had the idea that it was something big. A lot of people had been killed. A lot of damage was done and that we were at war. You know, that this was going to be the start of a war. But, it's just like it happened yesterday as far as remembering it. I really do."

Kelly Holthus on Pearl Harbor

   

Other Excerpts from Kelly Holthus' Interview:
[To Come.]

Pearl Harbor
Effect of the War
War to a 10-year-old
Rationing
Bomber Crash
School Consolidation
Electrification
Television
Baseball
Wartime Labor Shortage
POWs
Postwar Boom
Banking in the 40s
Cash Flow Lending Now
Importance of Irrigation
Water Contamination
Split Brakes
Victory Gardens
DDT