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Contest victories for 3 generations of Amoth family

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on February 20, 2009

Recently Gloria Blindheim Graham began corresponding about her family history with Ann Waidelich. Gloria’s mother was Dorothy Amoth, daughter of Theodore and Rose Amoth. Amoth Court was named for members of the Amoth family who had a blacksmith shop at the corner.

Gloria found newspaper clippings in family scrapbooks about her grandmother and her uncle winning wartime slogan contests. First Gloria’s grandmother Rose Amoth won a 10-piece glassbake set for her response to a letter contest in the Wisconsin State Journal, asking for letters answering the question: Why is the Fats and Grease Salvage Program Falling Short?

The East Side News published three winners’ letters on 2-18-43. 

Rose’s winning entry: 

“The fats and grease program is falling short just because we women forget to save it. We can improve it by placing a neat attractive card over our stoves with wording something like this:

FOR VICTORY
 “I promise to save my fat and grease
For I know it’s true
That the fat and grease I save
Will get a Jap or two.”

Just a month later, Gloria’s uncle Ted Amoth won a contest by the East Side News asking for a new slogan for the Red Cross Drive. 

 

East Side News clipping March 11, 1943

East Side News clipping March 11, 1943

When Gloria found the articles she was inspired to write the following essay:

The two articles on the WWII Slogan contest were news to me. The Amoth family did well and I think I might have a few of their genes as seven years after grandma Rose and Uncle Ted’s victories, I was runner-up in a letter writing contest on “Why I want a dog.”

My prize, a cocker spaniel dog, Midge, was a much loved family pet and perfect companion during our years on Clemons Avenue. Her health failed while I was attending the University and my parents had to put her to sleep. I later told friends that you know it is time to leave home when your parents kill your dog and sell the car you have been using.

Gloria’s father was Erik Blindheim. The family lived at 525 Clemons Ave.

 

Wisc. State Journal, July 3, 1950 "With Smiles,New Owners Greet Puppies"

Wisc. State Journal, July 3, 1950 "With Smiles,New Owners Greet Puppies"

 

 

 

Gloria and the puppy Midge, undated photo  ca. 1950

Gloria and the puppy Midge, undated photo ca. 1950

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