Memories of Growing Up in Marysville


Editor’s note: This is the fifteenth of a series about growing up in Marysville during the late 1930s and the 1940s written by Bill Boyd. Each article is a snapshot of the people, businesses and activities during that era as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Boyd was born in Marysville in 1932, graduated from Marysville High School in 1950, and lived the greater part of his life here.
The battle of Marysville
During World War II, the government had a number of programs to stimulate the purchase of war bonds. The most famous were those that used Hollywood celebrities to perform for audiences. Another program which was targeted at smaller communities involved the enactment of a mock war battle using real American soldiers firing blank ammunition. I believe it was in the summer of 1944 that I saw a handbill announcing that such a mock battle was coming to Marysville.

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