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POW's in Dundy County
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 26, 1944
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 29, 1944
POWs in Dundy County
Last Saturday morning Major Coverdell, Commander of the Prisoner of War Camp at Indianola, came out to inspect the prisoner of war camp located north of Benkelman and made a survey to determine what would have to be done to make it suitable for housing prisoners this fall and winter.
The camp was built for summer use and for that reason much work will have to be done to put it in shape for winter, if we are to have it occupied by prisoners of war. The buildings will have to be sealed and some insulation put in as well as heating stoves obtained, light plant secured and the water system insulated and revamped to prevent freezing. All of the equipment that is bought will have to be obtained by the local association, and then if impossible to get it all, the army will try to secure the equipment needed.
The Association directors will meet soon to make plans when complete information on the work to be done is secured.
Under the new practice prisoners will not be paid a flat rate of 80c a day as last year but will be paid on a percentage figure of 80c, which they will receive if they pick a standard amount of corn per day. The maximum amount they can receive is $1.20 a day, and they may receive less than 80c. This method of payment it is believed will encourage a greater number of bushels picked a day by each prisoner.
There are more applications now on hand for the use of prisoners than the total farmers who used them last year.
While prisoners of war are not the most satisfactory way of getting the corn out, nevertheless it may mean the prevention of waste, and each bushel picked means another 56 pounds of corn to add to our food supply.
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