Stoughton news 75 years ago this week. Stoughton news from the Stoughton News-Sentinel: March 11, 1943
The local Red Cross drive for funds is progressing favorably under the leadership of Chairman Harold J. Williams. Already a goodly amount of the town’s quota has been received, although to date the response is not as good as it should be to gain the goal of $7,000 before the end of the month. In discussing the campaign and in urging local residents to contribute, Chairman Williams declared: “Two-thirds of every dollar contributed to the American Red Cross War Fund is earmarked for services to the nation’s armed forces,” the world’s greatest mercy organization he announced. The remaining third of the fund will go as follows: civilian emergencies, one-twelfth; preparedness, one-sixth; and community service, one-twelfth. Thus out of every $10 gift, $6.67 will benefit the man in uniform, 83 cents will combat civil emergencies, $1.67 will help train personnel, assemble first aid equipment and supply other phases of national preparedness, and the remaining 83 cents will provide for the comprehensive services which the Red Cross offers as safeguards in local communities. The campaign will continue throughout March, designated by President Roosevelt as Red Cross Month for the nation, and will shoot for the largest sum ever sought by the Red Cross in its annual appeal.
Service men’s notes
Robert D. MacDougall of the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed at Little Mechipongo, Willis Wharf, Virginia, is spending a 10-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William MacDougall, of Central Street, West Stoughton.
Pvt. Norman Stuart of the Medical Corps in the parachute troops has been promoted to corporal. After a 15-day furlough from Fort Benning, Georgia, he will be transferred to Nebraska.
Sgt. Michael Kearns, Jr., has been spending a 10-day furlough at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Kearns, on Pearl Street. He entered the service last November and has been stationed at Camp Attlebury, Georgia.
Pvt. Carmen Urciuoli of the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Custer, Michigan, has been visiting his parents here.
2nd Lt. John C. Stiles of the U.S. Army Signal Corps has returned to duty after spending some time with friends and relatives here.
Cpl. Samuel Connell has returned to Fort Custer, Michigan, after spending a furlough at his home on Pine Street.
Pvt. Fred Gibson of the U.S. Army stationed at the Break Heart Reservation in Melrose, has been the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Gibson of Perry Street.
John Roderigues of Perry Street, of the parachute troops, at Fort Benning, Georgia, is spending a 10-day furlough at his home here.
Adolph DiGeorgiagi of Clapp Street, of the parachute troops, at Fort Benning, Georgia, is spending his 10-day furlough at his home here.
Charles W. Kazules recently spent a six-day furlough at the home of his parents on Grove Street. During the time he was home his birthday anniversary was celebrated when he was given a watch by his parents. He was the first Stoughton boy to register at the new Servicemen’s Centre. He is stationed at Camp Dewey, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Joseph Surrey of the United States Navy is spending a 10-day his duties at his home, 100 Lincoln St., and was home for the funeral of his mother.
Pvt. Robert L. Stevens of the U.S. Army Air Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sevens of Rose Glen Street, has been transferred from Buckley Field, Denver, Colorado, to the Single Engine Fighter Training squadron at Napier Field, Dothan, Alabama.
Pvt. Kenneth A. Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hill of Turnpike Street, North Stoughton, has been promoted to corporal in the Signal Training Regiment at Camp Crowder, Mo. He enlisted in July 1942.
Pvt. Albert Erickson of 1778 Washington Street has been promoted to corporal in the U.S. Army. He is stationed at the army base in Totten, New York. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Erikson.
Robert Day, of the signal corps of the U.S. Army, stationed at Portland, Maine, has been the guest of his mother, Mrs. Mary Wallbridge, of Central Street.
Joseph Gill, seaman, second class, of the U.S. Navy, is spending a leave at his home on Perry Street.
Pvt. Joseph O’Brien of the ordnance department of the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Devens, has been a guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. O’Brien of Kinsley Street.
Pvt. Joseph F. McSweeney, stationed with the Ordnance department at Camp Davis, North Carolina, is spending a 10-day furlough with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McSweeney of Central Street.
Lt. Alfred Tirelis, physical instructor in the U.S. Navy, is spending his leave with his parents on Water Street.
Pvt. Robert Trota stationed at the Great Lakes Naval station, and Pfc. John Caddell of the same station are each spending their leave at home.
Pvt. Peter Limberopoulos of the Chelsea Naval station is spending his leave with his parents here.
David Allen Lambert is a local historian and the author of the illustrated history: Images of America Stoughton (2001), Vital Records of Stoughton to the end of the year 1850 (2008), and Postcard History of Stoughton (2009), and co-author with Brenda Lea Lambert of Stoughton in the 20th Century (2015). He is also a columnist writing a column for the paper on Stoughton history. David is vice president the Stoughton Historical Society. He is on Twitter @DLGenealogist.