Grandview Moment in Time

Staff Writer
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These Grandview Heights High School seniors, photographed after volunteering to process gas-ration booklets during World War I, were featured in the Sept. 19, 1944, edition of The Columbus Dispatch.

They are (front row, from left) Peggy Gammill, Shirley Close, Angela McGrath, Pat Donovan, (back row) Shirley Ann Arthur, Judy Cash and Ann Devlin.

Unbeknownst to these students, the picture and their home addresses also were published in the Dispatch's service edition, which was mailed to combat troops from Franklin County.

All the young women received a deluge of letters from soldiers, sailors and Marines from all over the world.

Reportedly, none of the letters contained marriage proposals. However, Cash received the official title of "Dream Girl of the 163rd Company," a company of seamen from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois.