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Beatrice in Gage County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

War Efforts at Home

We Answered the Call

 

1861 - Today

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
1. War Efforts at Home Marker
Inscription.
In Beatrice, industries pooled resources to obtain defense contracts by creating Homestead Industries, Inc. This "war production pool of industries" included Dempster Industries, Store Kraft Manufacturing, W.M. Haith Tank Works, Beatrice Steel Tank, Petersen and F.D. Kees Manufacturing Companies.

One thing the war did is that it brought everyone together.....
Beatrice Resident Betty Aksamit
April 25, 2005

[Photo captions follow]
1. Dempster Mill Manufacturing Company, producer of farming equipment before the war, added production of 90-millimeter anti-aircraft shells and continued production of ever more efficient farm equipment. By the time the war ended, Dempster had produced a million and a half shells for the Army.

2. Raising food for U.S. forces and allies became an important wartime activity. Victory gardens and food rationing were part of the effort. Beatrice workers contributed by buying war bonds and supporting the Red Cross, United War Fund Drives, Community Chest, Clothing Drives, and Civilian Defense.

3. December 27, 1944, The United States Maritime Service launched the SS Beatrice Victory. Named in tribute to the City of Beatrice's contributions for the war effort, the 10,730-ton cargo vessel delivered supplies to the Philippines.

4. Miss Jane E. Robertson representing
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
2. War Efforts at Home Marker
the Beatrice Jr. Chamber of Commerce about to christen the SS Beatrice Victory.

5. Pre-war maker of grain bins and culverts, Beatrice Steel Tanks made depth charges, powder tanks, and mines. With the men in the armed forces, women went to work in manufacturing. This Beatrice Steel Tank employee welds a depth charge. The company won 5 "E" Awards for Excellence from the Navy.

6. On Feb. 9, 1945 the original Steel Tank building was totally destroyed by fire. Sixty days later production resumed in a completely new structure built by employees in 45 working days.

7. Steel Tank employees work together to make a half-pontoon for the Army.

8. Store Kraft converted from making wooden store fixtures to airplane parts for the Army Air Force, ammunition boxes for Army Ordnance, equipment cases for the Army Signal Corps, wing assembly for the Navy PQ-14A plane, and telephone and telegraph equipment cases for the Navy.
 
Location. 40° 15.275′ N, 96° 44.807′ W. Marker is in Beatrice, Nebraska, in Gage County. Touch for map. Marker is along the walking path in Beatrice Veterans Memorial Park, at South 6th Street (US Hwy 77) and Veterans Memorial Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 South 6th Street, Beatrice NE 68310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Photo 1 on War Efforts at Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, July 29, 1944
3. Photo 1 on War Efforts at Home Marker
Courtesy of Dempster Industries
walking distance of this marker. World War II (a few steps from this marker); World War I (a few steps from this marker); Beatrice's Own - Civil War and the Spanish-American War (a few steps from this marker); Freedom Fighters (a few steps from this marker); Containing Communism - The Berlin and Cuban Crises and Vietnam (a few steps from this marker); Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial Drive (within shouting distance of this marker); Fighting Communism - Korea and the Cold War (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beatrice.
 
Also see . . .
1. Beatrice Veterans Memorial Park. (Submitted on October 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Nebraska on the Home Front. (Submitted on October 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Nebraskans in World War II Lesson Plan. (Submitted on October 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II
 
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By U.S. Government, circa 1941/45
4. Photo 2 on War Efforts at Home Marker
Courtesy of U.S. National Archives
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By Unknown, December 27, 1944
5. Photo 3 on War Efforts at Home Marker
Courtesy of Gage County Historical Society
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By Unknown, December 27, 1944
6. Photo 4 on War Efforts at Home Marker
Courtesy of Gage County Historical Society
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By Unknown, circa 1942/45
7. Photo 5 on War Efforts at Home Marker
Courtesy of Gage County Historical Society
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By Unknown, February 9, 1945
8. Photo 6 on War Efforts at Home Marker
Courtesy of Gage County Historical Society
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By Unknown, circa 1942/45
9. Photo 7 on War Efforts at Home Marker
Courtesy of Gage County Historical Society
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By Unknown, circa 1942/45
10. Photo 8 on War Efforts at Home Marker
Courtesy of Store Kraft Manufacturing
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 580 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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