Niagara Gazette — For any younger readers, “The letters “G.I.” were used to denote equipment made from galvanized iron, such as metal trash cans, in U.S. Army inventories and supply records. During World War I, U.S. soldiers sardonically referred to incoming German artillery shells as “G.I. cans”. In that same war, “G.I.” started being interpreted as “Government Issue”, and it was used as an adjective for anything having to do with the Army. During World War II, “G.I. Joe” became a nickname for American soldiers. Dwight D. Eisenhower stated in 1945, for example, that “the truly heroic figure of this war [is] G.I. Joe and his counterpart in the air, the navy, and the merchant marine of every one of the United Nations.” Wikipedia again. Some references also include the term “General Infantry”.
In September of 1955, a practical nursing course was begun at Trott, with a total of 24 students jointly sponsored by Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and the board of education. Students were guaranteed employment with beginning wages ranging from $2,900 to $3,100 per year. I ran into my sister-in-law, Louise Maggard, at an Estate Sale recently and she reminded me she graduated from Trott in 1957 where she studied chemistry for three hours a day for three years along with the regular curriculum. There were only three girls in her chemistry class. Right after graduation she went to work at Olin Mathieson at 17 years old as a chemical technician. She went on to become a safety, health and environmental supervisor for Carborundum later in her career.
I’m on a roll now learning about Trott, so stay tuned.Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.