May 8, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
This story is titled “Save the Fat – Help Win The War”. “One tablespoon of fat saved each day for a month will furnish one pound of used fat to speed victory”. This was a statement found in the “Junction City Daily Union” on May 28th 1945. The statement came from the Kansas State College Extension Management Specialist. She was reminding Kansas housewives of this vital volunteer duty to assist with the war effort. “Fat collection is lagging in small rural areas” she continued, “yet the need for fats is as urgent as ever. Meat shortage may make fat savings harder these days, but you may be missing ways to save fat.” She went on to explain that “when one opened a can of sardines, salmon or tuna, there was at least a tablespoon of oil that could be poured into the fat salvage can. Also, if one parboiled the sausages that county folk were so fond of, then the water should be saved so the fat could be skimmed off; and of course, fried sausage yielded a lot of fat in the frying pan. It was suggested that all scraps be kept for one week in the ice box then melted down to pour into the salvage can.” The extension agent then reviewed what one pound of fat saved each month would do for the fighting men of America. “It would help make 150 machine gun bullets, make 6 bars of military soap, make 19 pounds of synthetic rubber for ambulance tires and help supply the medicines to maintain one military hospital bed for 12 days.”