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Please, share your local WWII stories with us!

Posted on 2/7/2018, 12:38 PM

To our Benton and Franklin County readers: For a special history feature running Wednesday, Feb. 21, we want to hear your memories or family stories about Benton and Franklin County during the World War II years -- specifically, tales of the home front. What was it like living through the shortages and rationing, or waiting to hear from a loved one off in Europe or the Pacific?

Tell us one particular story, or describe what life was like. These can be your own stories, or ones passed down to you by parents and grandparents. And, we'd love to use your photos to illustrate these stories.

If you have email, email your story and photos to Geoff Ritter, managing editor, at We must have your name, town and a daytime phone number. (The number will not be published). Or you can mail your submission to Benton News, c/o Geoff Ritter, P.O. Box 490, Marion, IL 62959; or bring it to the Marion Republican office at 502 W. Jackson St. in Marion. If you send us a photo, we will return it promptly.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 16.

Thanks for taking part!

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