1940s | War Effort Victory Gardens

Victory Garden Poster

Victory Garden poster, 1941-1945. Gift of the American Legion.


While WWII raged overseas, Winnetkans on the Home Front went to work. Over 2,000 households registered Victory Gardens in 1943. Policeman Bethel “Tiny” Schultz of 796 Green Bay Road was a particularly patriotic gardener. He worked the night shift, so during the day he tended neighbors’ gardens and raised bees and chickens. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Schultz only slept 5 hours a day.

War Effort Victory Gardens, narrated by Meagan McChesney

CLICK HERE to read more about Winnetka’s involvement in World War II from an article that appeared in the Gazette.