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Lake County Past: Dec. 22


County in nine-state air raid blackout

The Lake County Civilian Defense committee held a meeting Dec. 8, 1942, to perfect plans for the total blackout Dec. 14, 1942, from 10-10:20 p.m.

The test covers the entire county. Rural residents are requested to be as careful as the city is expected to be in not allowing direct or reflected light to show.

Auxiliary police will assist the air raid wardens at their stations to see that all instructions are carried out. Particular care should be taken to avoid accidents in the darkness. This danger is exemplified in the New York area where dim-outs are necessary all of the time to avoid a light background for submarine attacks and there the accident rate has been appalling in dim-outs.

All persons are required to stay off the streets during this test, and those who are caught out when the siren gives the initial signal should retreat to a doorway during the succeeding 20 minutes.

Charles Welch, chairman of the Civilian Defense committee, warns against the sense of security which might motivate some people not to take the blackout seriously, and points out that although Hitler has his hands full, we still are protecting ourselves against any eventuality.

Air raid wardens are expected to meet at their respective sector headquarters and all wardens and Victory Aides are to wear arm bands.

Teachers get raise

The Lake County Board of Education at its December 1942 meeting took action granting a $5 monthly salary raise to all school instructors and employees in full-time service. Part-time employees will receive a raise of $2.50 and rural janitors of several of the smaller schools a $1.50 increase.


School board hears report on John A. Johnson student move

A task force of volunteers put together a position statement and recommendation to the Lake Superior school board to decide whether or not the third grade, currently housed at John A. Johnson, should be moved to Minnehaha Elementary. Pat Tofte, a representative from the task force, gave the school board some input on what the task force had accomplished.

Four hundred and seventy-eight surveys were sent out to parents. Out of the 304 surveys that were returned, 36 percent reported in favor of the move; 55 percent reported against the move; and 9 percent had no opinion. Principal Bob Lackore mentioned some of the parents felt moving the kids would make them grow up faster. Some parents only remember the Minnehaha as it was and not as it is now with fourth through sixth-graders.

The task force committee recommends that prior to any move, a long-range plan should be in place. Superintendent Lyle Northey recommended to the board to keep the third grade at their present structure, and continue planning the future.