November 26, 2014

Genealogy Center Now Open At Kitsap Regional Library

KRL Partners With Kitsap Genealogists and Family Researchers

This was great news to read in our local paper, the Kitsap Sun, today.  For the last few years the Puget Sound Genealogical Society has been housed in an office in a strip mall that probably severely limited their visitors, was a burden on their non-profit income and was, overall, not what they envisioned for the community.

Genealogy center now open at Kitsap Regional Library » Kitsap Sun.

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Visitors coming from Seattle via WA State Ferry will disembark at point A and can drive to the library at point B, approximately 3 miles, 12 minutes.

Just in case you need a little refreshment before or after the one hour ferry ride, there’s a Starbucks just a few short steps from the terminal.

What Did You Do During The War Mom?

Yates, Davis and Huntley WW II era

 

Esther Bielmeir Boyd

Photo credit – Kitsap Sun

We live in a military community here in the Bremerton-Port Orchard area, and the history of our county is peppered with those who have worked at the Naval Shipyard.  This week one of our “Rosie the Riveters”, Pat King Harms was in the Kitsap Sun article written by Keeley Smith entitled – Calendar honors Port Orchard resident’s wartime shipyard work.

For the past three years The Washington Women in Trades website has offered for sale “The Rosie Legacy” calendar (I believe they still have some older issues) to the public.  This year’s theme is A Good Hand and Mrs. Harms is the June 2011 calendar girl.

The Moline Sisters

We had a “Rosie” in our family too. My aunt Jeane Moline Davis worked at a Tacoma shipyard as a riveter if my memory serves me correctly.  Aunt Jeane is on the far right in the photo from the WWII era above. My mom, Joan worked in a meat market during the war while my dad (her fiance at the time) was overseas.  Pretty sweet job for mom and her parents considering the meat rationing.  Mom and her coworker would deliver meat to one of the old Seattle restaurants, and they would take their own cut of meat along and the restaurant would cook it for them!  It was my aunt Joyce though that probably had the most dangerous job. She was an Army nurse and served in Europe on the front lines.

Women working at the Naval shipyard here is not just a thing of the past. Their numbers might have dwindled after the war was over, but they have grown again since and they now represent a good portion of the workforce.  These are women who get right down there and slog with their male counterparts in jobs like pipefitter, welder and electricians.

Thank you to Pat King Harms for your service to our country!

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