U.S. At War: Mr. Daubendiek Holds the Phone

Most people who work for telephone companies believe in the doctrine of the voice with the smile. Last week it looked as if strapping, 49-year-old Carl Daubendiek of Jefferson, Iowa stood a good chance of going to jail because, for a two-hour stretch one night last December, he faltered in that belief.

Carl Daubendiek is manager and part-owner of the Jefferson Telephone Company in Greene County. When his A ration book for a company car was close to running out, irascible Carl asked for a C book. The ration board asked him to fill...

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