Fenton Martin lived over a mile outside of the nearest commercial center, but that didn’t stop him from walking to donate their precious coat hangers, in order to support the war effort.

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Recycling Coat Hangers

We lived a mile and a half, I guess, from a number of business establishments and I remember walking to them and back. I was used to it because the high school was down there, too, but the nearest laundry was down there and I was in charge of the recycling of metals and things of that nature. I would carry coat hangers down, metal coat hangers, because they wanted them back to recycle and reuse them. But I carried many a, many a, many an arm load of those things a mile and a half down to get, I think it was a penny for 5 of them they gave you. But the point was to get them [the hangers] back in their hands to reuse because it was a precious metal and they couldn’t get replacements very much or very well.