Tom Haines speaks about his experiences living in Missoula and owning a grocery store during World War Two as well as his political career serving in the Montana State Legislature during the 1950s. He recalls the effects of food rationing and the OPA [Office of Price Administration] had on his store and the people of Missoula. He describes how the restriction of rationing encouraged black market sales, in which he participated, buying and selling chickens from private individuals to his customers without asking for ration stamps. He also speaks about his own rationing system so all of his customers would get an equal share of the inventory he housed. Haines discusses the Italian internees who were housed at Fort Missoula and allowed to work at various Missoula businesses. He describes the presidential election of 1948 between Thomas Dewey and Harry S. Truman, and discusses the importance of party politics and loyalty to one’s own party.
World War 2 Oral History Project, OH 168, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (20 p.: 28 cm.)
Haines, Tom, "Tom Haines Interview, April 27, 1987" (1987). World War II Oral History Project. 2.