Second World War: Hometown Dentist Was German Spy

Girl recalls her dentist and art teacher being German spies during the second World War.

| Good Old Days

I was in the sixth grade when the second World War broke out. We had an art teacher who left in the middle of the night. She was a German spy. Our town was Hitchcock, Oklahoma; 235 residents lived there. She stayed at Dr. Bernett's home. No one knew what had happened to her. We were so shocked. 

I lived on a farm with my parents and rode the bus to school. We saved our toothpaste tubes and all our cans. We cut the tops and bottoms out, placed the ends inside and smashed the can flat.

I had to go to the dentist one Saturday; I was 14 and had never been there before. Dad, being a farmer, had to buy things for the tractor. He said, "I guess you will be OK 'til I get back," and he left me alone in the dentist chair. A few weeks later we heard the FBI took the dentist away as a German spy. It's a good thing I didn't know until after my appointment.

Our boys finally came home. My brother was stationed in England. I married my husband after he came home from Guam. The one I was in love with was killed the first year on the Burma Road by the Japanese. They captured the boys under his command and killed him.

We were so glad when the second World War came to an end. I wish people would still love the good old United States.

Henrietta (Hiebert) Fleshman
Enid, Oklahoma

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