Letter to the editor: Reader recalls life in Luther during WWII

Jill Engleman’s column relative to the ending of World War II in the Nov. 3 edition of the “Star” was enlightening and brought back many memories — a good article.

I would add the following to the paragraph about the happenings in Luther at the end of the war.

I remember much of what occurred even though I was a youngster at the time. The church bells, the bonfires and the street dance are still vivid memories. My parents, Larry and Helen Campbell, owned what is now the North Bar at the time and provided the music for the street dance having their jukebox in the street. They also provided much of the refreshments from the bar’s inventory free of charge. This was a time of great jubilation.

The current movie, “Hacksaw Ridge,” captures much of the anguish and devastation of this terrible time. The film is well done and compelling, but is not for the faint of heart.

As a final thought, one of the men from Luther who bravely served during this catastrophic time still lives in town. I am referring to Donald L. Robbins, a great guy and a real hero.  As a footnote, Mr. Robbins worked for my parents in their grocery store prior to entering the service. My parents owned the Luther Grocery before purchasing the previously mentioned tavern.

Barry Campbell

Luther MI