The Woodward News

Local News

October 28, 2012

Group looking to preserve stories

Woodward, Okla. — OKLAHOMA CITY - The American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women in the Woodward area who worked on the homefront during World War II. The association is trying to preserve the stories of women who served during that time.

Mabel W. Myrick, the membership vice president of the organization, said thousands of women supported the war effort as welders, electricians, plant inspectors, clothing makers, parachute sewers, ordinance workers, bandage rollers, collectors of scrap metal and of course, as ship and aircraft riveters.

"We wish to include their stories into our archives," she said.

The non-profit association was founded in 1998 by a "riveter," Dr. Frances Carter of Birmingham, Ala., said Myrick. It now has more than 4,000 members nationwide.

Local chapters meet so members can recall their service and also to promote patriotism. They are assisting with development of a school curriculum spotlighting the womens' work during World War II. And they also help with producing classroom studies on the wide range of jobs performed by all women since the '20s.

The organization is unaware of any women in Northwest Oklahoma who would qualify as a Rosie the Riveter, and that's why they are staging this information effort now, Myrick said.

One woman who meets the criteria for a Rosie is Kate Grant, 88, of Moore.

"My skill was working as a track welder aboard Liberty Ships, in 1943," she said.

Liberty Ships were cargo vessels used by the U. S. and Great Britain.

"If you are a woman, or descendant of a woman, who labored for the country during WW II and would like to join us, or if you just want more information, call or email," Myrick said.

The number is toll-free, (888) 557-6743, email americanrosietheriveter2@yahoo.com, or write American Rosie the Riveter, P.O. Box 188, Kimberly, Ala. 35091.

There's also a website for information, www.rosietheriveter.net.

For information in Oklahoma you can call Grant at 405-794-1822 or contact Terry Thompson, secretary of the Oklahoma chapter at 405-826-1893. Thompson is the granddaughter of one of the women who served during the war.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Board hears updates

    Woodward School Board members honored a group of Woodward FFA students for their service to the community during the board's monthly meeting Monday night.

    April 16, 2014

  • Red Cross sets open house Thursday

    Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding an open house at its Woodward office, 1209 9th St.

    April 16, 2014

  • Commission hears communications presentation

    Woodward County Commissioners heard an informative report from Pioneer Telephone Special Projects and Engineering Manager JR Ools regarding new and emerging communications technologies being made available in the region.

    April 15, 2014

  • Extension Service important to state

    Recia Garcia remembers.
    She remembers how the lives of those she met through 4-H and through her work as a 30-year veteran with the OSU Extension Service changed her in ways she still sees today.

    April 15, 2014

  • Legislation targeting Okla. judiciary stirs debate

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the first time since a bribery scandal rocked Oklahoma's Supreme Court 50 years ago, state lawmakers are considering tinkering with the way Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges are selected.

    April 13, 2014

  • Filing period brings some area races

    There will be a few races on the June 24 primary ballot and the November general election ballot in Northwest Oklahoma counties.
    The three-day filing period ended on Friday.

    April 13, 2014

  • walkerweb.jpg Walker promoted to Captain

    Stan Walker's father Samuel Walker was an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer from 1942 to 1946 before taking on another career in energy where he spent the rest of his working days in Northwest Oklahoma.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Reports, hires on agenda

    Woodward Board of Education members will take up a number of routine items as well as hire some teachers for the early childhood center at their meeting on Monday.

    April 13, 2014

  • Area school calendars

    School calendars April 14-19

    April 13, 2014

  • Red Cross recognizes local volunteer

    When Karen Daily, Red Cross volunteer and owner of Western Medical & Drug, gets up in the morning, it is with the purpose and understanding that she may need to offer some of her time to her community.

    April 13, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks