Sugar Rationing Begins in 1942


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/26/1942.


Beginning Monday, May 4, and continuing through Thursday, May 7, residents of Calhoun county will appear before teachers of the various schools of the county, and sign application blanks for sugar rationing books. Residents are urged to make application early and not let the period pass. No books will be obtainable after the four-day registration period until two weeks have elapsed. Then application must be made to the local rationing board, not to the school.

Each registrant will receive a sugar rationing book containing 28 stamps, each stamp representing a two-weeks sugar allotment.

Fathers or mothers may register for each member of their families and all members will receive one book which must be presented at retail stores for future sugar purchases.

The Government has not yet announced what will be the exact amount allowed each person a week, but it is expected that ration card holders will be permitted to buy between eight and 12 ounces a week. Since each stamp represents a two weeks' quota, residents will be allowed to buy either a pound or a pound and a half for each member of the family during the stamp period.

Effective April 27, sugar sales in all stores are to be halted for approximately one week. The ban has been ordered as a step preparatory to sale under rationing, which will go into effect as soon as the moratorium on sales ends.

Government officials advised that the time of registration, registrars will tear out of each book a sufficient number of stamps to cover the amount of sugar in excess of two pounds per person on hand in respective homes. This action is being taken to prevent hoarding of sugar supplies.

When consumers give stamps to retailers, storekeepers will use accumulated stamps when they buy fresh supplies. They will be permitted to buy an amount equal to the value of the stamps they hold.

Government officials have indicated that home canners this summer will be able to obtain enough sugar to put up fruits, jellies, preserves, and other food needs. The method of rationing is to be announced later