Julius Dinger

Lt. J. Dinger Is Back from Pacific for Hospital Care
First Lieutenant Julius Dinger has gone to the Newton Baker Hospital at Martinsburg, West Virginia, after spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius A. Dinger, 644 Galloway Street.

Lieutenant Dinger, with the Fifth Air Corps, has just returned from the Pacific Theater of War, where he served for the past 14 months. He was stationed in New Guinea for some time and was located in the Philippines when returned home for hospital treatment.

His wife, a Philadelphia girl, is doing Red Cross work at the West Virginia hospital to which he has been sent.


Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

The Dinger family owned and operated a successful plumbing business in Eau Claire. They put in the concrete stairway leading from the bathhouse, down the bank to Dell's Pond. The bathhouse is now the VFW hall.  The bathhouse had no roof. The women's dressing area was on the south side and the men's dressing area was on the north side with a state-of-the-arts concession stand in between.  

The beach was a popular swimming area for Eau Claire residents. On the north end of the beach was a two-tier diving platform and the beach on the south side had a log boom with a diving board at the end of it. The bathhouse was built by WPA (Workers Project Administration) but the Dingers were paid to put in the steps. The sand for the beach was carried down the hill, by hand, in buckets. On the banks to the south side of the steps was one of the city's dumps, crawling with rats. This, too, was completely covered by sand.