1941

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The year was 1941. It began with the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) for a third term; Henry Wallace was his Vice President. The year ended with the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor and President Roosevelt’s message to Congress (Dec. 11) requesting recognition of a state of war with Germany and Italy.

If you were here in 1941, you may have started your day with Arthur Godfrey’s morning show. For those that liked country music, Gene Autry had his own radio show, the Melody Ranch. And don’t forget the Andrew Sisters, singing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” The great band-leaders, like Glenn Miller (“Chattanooga Choo Choo”) dominated the charts. Movie theaters were featuring the new Walt Disney movie, “Dumbo,” or Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane.” And how about that Joe Louis? The boxer defended his title in seven fights that year.

A new car could be purchased for $850, with a gallon of gas selling for 12 cents. Stopping at the Chandler Heights Trading Post for a loaf of bread would cost you 8 cents; a gallon of milk was 54 cents; 10 pounds of potatoes, 22 cents; a two-pound jar of mustard, 10 cents; and shaving cream was 15 cents. Oh, and don’t forget a copy of the Chandler Heights Weekly for only 3 cents. 

The Oct. 4, 1941 edition of the paper tells of the Gila River flood, where a farm woman climbed a tree to escape the raging torrents. Unfortunately, so did three rattle snakes. After fighting off the snakes for 12 hours, she was rescued unharmed.

At the Rittenhouse Elementary School, Faith Sossaman was teaching a 2nd grade class. Can you identify any of the children pictured here?

Rittenhouse schoolchildren