In the fall of 1941, he left Mr. Smallman's employ and bought the auto specialty shop of Jack Lea. It was located in the building on the east corner of Water and Spring Streets. After about a year in business, Harold saw the importance of being with his father on the farm. He was also setting up his own household. In July 1942, he married Elma Large of Albany who had moved to Linkletter as a schoolteacher. They moved into a section of his grandparents' house, which within a few years they had to themselves. The electrical lines were not extended out to the community until 1945 so he remembers during the war taking a five-gallon can into one of the department stores in town to buy the kerosene that the family used in their lamps and lanterns. For war news, they used a battery radio to listen to CBC, CHGS, or CFCY. The Summerside Journal didn't come off the press until noon, so they subscribed to the Charlottetown Guardian, which came with the mailman before the noon meal.
Harold doesn't recall experiencing much shortage of food or gasoline. Being on a farm meant lots of meat, eggs, dairy products and root crops. Farmers were entitled to commercial gasoline ration coupons so there was always enough fuel to get into town. It was not uncommon for neighbours to share or trade both the gasoline and food ration stamps. Generally speaking, he remembers the war years as being prosperous. He definitely felt that his family was "better off at the end, then at the beginning of the war."
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