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The way it was: War effort -- 1944
Counties that met a war bond fundraising quota during World War II received national recognition. Shown with their quota award banner in Riverton were local bond drive clerks Lucille Lang, Opal McLaughlin and Ada Crandall, pictured on Jan 27, 1944. File photo

The way it was: War effort -- 1944

Jan 27, 2013 - Staff

News of World War II dominated Fremont County's front pages in 1944. With virtually every man aged 19-26 in military service, there always was war news of local interest. In late January came news of success of Lt. Fremont W. Miller of Burris, who had just completed his 30th successful mission in his P47 fighter plane over enemy-occupied territory in Europe, as well as more somber news: Pfc. Teton Hurtado of Crowheart was listed as wounded in fighting in southern Europe.

Wars were a pay-as-you-go enterprises in those days, and the nation was immersed in a huge war bond effort, the fourth national revenue drive since the war began. Private citizens bought government bonds to pay for war operations, then earned interest on the bonds as the government repaid the debt in the future.

In Fremont County, war bond drives in Riverton, Lander, Pavillion, Shoshoni, Lysite, Moneta and Arapahoe had raised 26 percent of their assigned revenue quota in the first week of the national bond drive. The total raised was $50,127 toward the goal of $193,300 as coordinated through a state war finance committee.

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