Remember When: 1944

Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 6:00 AM


In the news this week 75 years ago:

• The Allegheny County American Legion became the first in the country to begin recruiting “a full company of WACs,” or Women’s Army Corps members. Sewickley Valley Post 4 of the American Legion was designated as a local recruiting station. Job openings were available at the Allegheny County Airport or in Virginia at Langley Field and Richmond Air Base, where WACs would be responsible for positions as typists, stenographers, stock clerks, dispatchers, photo laboratory technicians, auto mechanics and radio technicians.

Gen. H. H. Arnold, commanding general of the Army Air Forces, said of the enlistees, “We need the women now. We want them with us when we win.”

• The Girls Scouts of the Valley invited the public to visit the auditorium at Kaufmann’s department store in downtown Pittsburgh on April 15 to view the Allegheny County Scouts’ annual exhibit. This year’s theme, “Girl Scouts in Action,” was meant to demonstrate what the organization was doing to help the war effort.

• This spring, “the all-important concern is the Victory garden,” the Sewickley Library’s column read. “The war is still on and you can help by producing food — but a spot of color in your flowers too is important.” Gardening books available for checkout included “Gardens for Victory” by A. McPutnam; “Practical Farming for Beginners” by H.A. Highstone; and “The Garden Month by Month” by Mabel Sedgwick.

• The Rev. Dr. M.S. Rudd, former pastor of St. Matthew’s AME Zion Church, was granted a patent for a hedge trimmer he invented. The new device was meant to relieve the fatigue involved with trimming shears, instead using a crank to operate cutter plates. Rudd had previously received patents for a lawn mower and a snow plow during his time in Sewickley.