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World War II and the Home Front: Working at Maytag in Newton

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Time Frame: ca. 1940's

Maytag was one of the Iowa firms that stopped producing consumer goods and started making war supplies.
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Maytag was one of the Iowa firms that stopped producing consumer goods and started making war supplies. In 1943, 19 year-old Hollys "Pat" Harrison from Albia, formerly Hollys Tarbell, had been working for a local dentist taking care of domestic chores. Harrison saw a newspaper advertisement placed by the Maytag Company in Newton.

(Hollys "Pat" Harrison) All the guys were doing something, they were fighting, going to service, enlisting and what have you, that we knew and we thought it would be a good idea for us to do something too, while we could and the money was good.

The company, famous for its clothes washers, started making air craft parts. Harrison was hired to make exhaust systems for B 26 Marauder Bombers. To help finance the creation of war goods, the government began to offer bonds. The investment strategy was not lost on Maytag employees together they purchased a B 26 Marauder for the war effort.

 


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