Ontario Through the Years

Working Together for Victory (1940s)


Working Together for Victory reflects Ontario’s resilience during the period of time in which America was involved in World War II.  After much hesitation, the United States joined allied forces after the attack on the Pearl Harbor U.S. Naval Base on December 7, 1941.  As adult men of age were drafted or volunteered for military service, they left behind their jobs and families.  Women filled vacant positions in war production industry representing 25% of the workforce.  Within a year, the national unemployment rate was under 2%.  Ontario citizens and businesses joined forces to assist the nation’s war efforts. Everyone from the local Girl Scouts troops, to employees of the General Electric Company, focused their efforts on production and conservation of resources for the war.

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