Esther Bielmeir Boyd
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!