November 26, 2014

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!

Search DAR Databases And Download Patriot Records

DAR membership

 

There’s a fairly new genealogy tool you might want to investigate if you’re doing research for a connection to a Revolutionary War Patriot.   It’s the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution ) Online Library Record Copy service.


What Can You Do?

  • Search the DAR Genealogical Research System
  • Pay online using either Mastercard or Visa. You’ll receive an email with your receipt also.
  • Use the link on the page to download your record(s).  You will have one week of access to this purchased record.  There is no limit to the amount of records you can download.  There are no refunds or substitutions available.
What You Can’t Do
  • This is not access to the submitted  application’s documentation paperwork. I strongly encourage you to visit the Overview page at the DAR to read all of the directions. Online Library Record Copy service.

Graphic courtesy of Ro-Stock Deviant Art

John Breedlove Civil War Diary: Deaths 1864

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It’s always a goal of mine to share information I think will be helpful to other genealogists and family historians. My cousin Kathleen and I recently received the gift of a lifetime: a scanned copy of our GG-Grandfather John W. Breedlove’s Civil War diary. As soon as I brought it in from the mailbox I sat down to read it and along the way I noticed he had written names and dates of men who had died in his unit, or as he learned of them.  By adding them here on this blog it enables the families to find them in a search.


Record of Deaths or Wounded from John Breedlove CW Diary - 1864

List of wounded of the 32nd MO at the late Battle of Jonesborough GA (as written)

[wounded]

Thomas Mathews, Lt. Co B

Joseph Kelly, Sergt Co G

Jas Norris, priv Co G

Jas Bier priv Co G

Thos Scrimpsher, priv Co B

David Boyer, priv Co B

David Elliot, Corp Co D

Killed

Lewis [Louis] Jelison, Co H

John Burgizer, Co K

Ancestry Free Access Weekend – U. S. Military Records

 

 

Military records are one of the most rich in genealogical gold that I have ever used.  The Ancestry U.S. Military records collection contains over a 100 million names and spans 300 years.  Give it a try for free this weekend. Good luck! :)

 

Veterans Day

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