The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor happened on December 7, 1941, and the United States declared war on Japan the next day.
This war story has been told for many years but Professional Storyteller Bette Lou Higgins of Eden Valley Enterprises has a different swing on this infamous tale. Bette Lou tells the story of goodness, kindness, and generosity of humanity, making it evident that even in dark times, people always find ways to share love.
She tells the story about wartime efforts in a small town in Ohio that came to be nicknamed “Dreamsville.”
Dreamsville became the nickname for Dennison, Ohio. It was located on the National Defense Strategic Railway Route. Many soldiers were moved across the country by train and this location was a famous stopping point.
The troops needed to be fed but the steam-powered trains sometimes only stopped for 5 minutes – just long enough to fill with water.
During those brief moments, this track-side canteen went into a flurry of activity with volunteers from neighboring counties, all answering the call to help serve the troops food quickly!
According to the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, “1.3 million soldiers were served free food at the Dennison Salvation Army Servicemen’s Canteen. 3,987 Volunteers contributed 601,520 hours of service and raised $1,319,439 to operate the Canteen nonstop from March 19, 1942 to April 8, 1946. Thousands of cups of coffee, sandwiches, pies, cakes, cookies, donuts, lollipops, candy bars, pieces of fruit, gum, magazines and Christmas packages were passed out.”
Bette Lou Higgins tells this story as a special birthday gift to Kathryn Eyring, whose birthday is December 7th!
Pull up a chair and enjoy the story!
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Are YOU old enough to remember the bombing of Pearl Harbor? What do you remember?
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