We had to suffer anxieties about boys and the girl from our own family, and I had the boys and girls from my classes at the Danbury High School. We wrote “cheerful” letters, we waited for answers, we received final bad news. … We wanted to do our part in the war effort. Many who never worked out of the home, now worked in defense factories—Bantam, Torrington, Bethel, Danbury. I learned to grind bolts for airplane wings after school until eleven or twelve o’clock.
As an unmarried woman, the war gave me a peculiar advantage. In our small Cornwall community, the majority of the men were away, so through the long summers, women had to find companionship in social activities in each other. I found myself pal to Mary Walker, whose husband, Lester, was far off researching for Reader’s Digest articles….
~ Harriet Clark, reminiscencing about World War II in her essay, “Memories of Connecticut Life,” 1988.