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"At that time, I registered as a conscientious objector… Well, my background was Mennonite. We were in a Mennonite community, and it's one of the 'peace churches.' It was our way of saying we don't agree with violence. We would rather go to work for several years doing alternate service."
   Gordon: "Well, there was some problem with it. And there would be again today. Probably not as much as there was at that time. But it was considered as being non-patriotic. That was not the case, but it was perceived as such. We were very patriotic people."

Gordon Schmidt on Conscientious Objectors

   

Other Excerpts from Gordon Schmidt & John Steingard's Interview:

Pearl Harbor
Postwar Fertilizer Use
Building Grain Bins
Miracle of Irrigation
Homemade Drilling Rigs
Leveling the Land
Plaster Lathe Boxes
Digging Irrigation Wells by Hand
Water Pollution