Shirley (Rusty) Schumacher was born in 1930 in Detroit. She remembers war bonds, scrap drives, and special manufacturing during World War II. She attended William and Mary College and received two master’s degrees in speech and education from the University of Michigan. Schumacher spent most of her career as a teacher at Clague Middle School. In 1985 she founded a student exchange program with Ann Arbor’s sister city, Hikone, Japan. She led a year-long stay there in 1992-93.
Shirley (Rusty) Schumacher was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.
King-Seeley Corp. receives the Navy 'E' for excellence pennant from Rear-Admiral William Carleton Watts, United States Navy. Photographer: Eck Stanger
Ann Arbor News, May 13, 1942
THE NAVY SAYS 'WELL DONE': King-Seeley Corp. received extra reward for its war production efforts yesterday afternoon when Rear-Admiral William Carleton Watts, USN (retired) Washington, D. C. presented the firm with the Navy 'E' for excellence pennant. Shown above from left to right above admiring the pennant are Admiral Watts, Arthur Knight, foreman of King-Seeley's night janitorial force and an employee for 17 years, Mrs. Pearl Wheeler, who has been a company inspector for 18 years, and John Airey, president and general manager of King-Seeley Corp.
Ann Arbor News, June 2, 1945
NEARLY HALF WAY THERE: Sales of E and Non-E Bonds today reached 47 per cent of Washtenaw county's $4,702,000 goal. Ann Arbor and Washtenaw county War Bond sales today totalled $2,250,136. That's 47 per cent of the way toward our $4,702,000 objective in E and Non-E (Individual) Bonds in the Seventh War Loan. We have the flag almost half way up. Can we get it all the way up by Flag Day, June 14? Sure we can! We can do it by intensive effort in buying and selling. We can do it if every one who can afford an extra Bond buys it now. We can do it if each salesman contacts every one of his prospects. Let's not dawdle about this job! The marines on Iwo Jima didn't dawdle. Let's do our job as efficiently as they did their job! Let's finish it up between now and Flag Day! Let's go!