President Dennis consulted with the mayor of Richmond and other community leaders. He even met with local American Legion post officials and offered to allow its officers to inspect the students’ files, so they would be satisfied that the students posed no threat to the community. He pointed out that they met the highest standards. Two students coming from Oregon, for example, had letters of recommendation from the governor and the publisher of the state’s largest newspaper.
Rushville Republican newspaper, September 30, 1942.