A letter from Mr.
Morrison on Victory Gardens has been sent to every
employee living in the Village. This letter very
strongly urges everyone to get busy and plant a
If you want a plot for
your garden, please fill in the coupon at the bottom
of the letter and turn it in at the office at once.
The size of each garden
plot will be approximately fifty by fifty feet. The
locations for the gardens will be at the north end
of the Village, close to the ball park; the extreme
south end of the Village; and between First Street
and the pasture fence. It is the intention to try to
assign gardens as close as possible to the
individuals’ homes. The mill will plow and harrow
each plot, and from there on it is up to each
gardener to take over and really do some work.
Just as soon as all
applications are in we will start assigning Victory
Garden plots, and it is our aim to have everything
ready for planting by the second week in March.
Mr. Morrison’s letter
February 24, 1943
To All Employees:
I assume it is
unnecessary to call your attention to the serious
food situation with which all of us are confronted
this year and perhaps straight on through for the
duration of the war. I believe the possible shortage
is a good deal more serious than the average person
realizes. Of course you know that beginning
immediately canned foods and certain dried
vegetables will be rationed and the chances are that
as we go along and the supply becomes scarcer the
quantity available for civilians will be cut more
Under such circumstances
it should not be necessary to urge people to take
steps themselves to assure their families an
abundant supply of fresh vegetables which all of us
can produce with very little effort. As a matter of
fact, it may be the difference between having a
plentiful supply to eat and not having it.
From time to time in past
years we have endeavored to provide garden pots for
employees who live in the Village, but invariably
our experience has been the same. Here is a lot of
enthusiasm in the early Spring, all of which peters
out to nothing before the Summer is well on its way.
In fact, the results have been so discouraging that
I believe for the last year or so we have not even
attempted to provide these garden plots because the
expense of providing them and preparing the land has
not been justified by the results obtained.
By reason of the present
serious food situation we are again this year going
to provide garden pots for each employee who is
interested. Mr. Hull will have full charge of this
program, and through him or whomever he may
designate, you may obtain one of these plots for
your own use. We shall undertake to plow the plots,
and from there on it will be up to you as to what
use you make of it.
I should like for you to
bear one thing in mind, however, and that is that if
you sign up for one of these plots you should do so
with the full intention of making the greatest
possible use of it. Otherwise you will simply be
depriving someone else of the use of the plot.
And one more thing–you
should plan to buy your seed promptly, since there
is a possibility of a scarcity developing by reason
of the fact that literally hundreds of thousands of
people will be planting gardens this year who never
planted them before, and you will not want to risk
the possibility of being unable to obtain your seed.
If you are interested in
having a garden plot please fill in the blank at the
bottom of this page and return it to Mr. Hull. When
the plan is completed a plot will be assigned to you
by number, and you will be notified which plot is
Julian K. Morrison, President