Nov. 2, 1942: The Army hires 10 women to serve as truck drivers at Ft. MacArthur so that men who have been doing the job can be released to field positions.
“The women drivers will work an eight-hour day and a 48-hour week, maneuvering half-ton trucks and command cars at first to get the feel of Army vehicles,” The Times says. “Later they will be assigned to heavier two and one-half-ton trucks.”
The women, who said they “wanted to get into jobs with more action,” are:
Mrs. Ellen Goddard, former secretary, of San Pedro.
Her daughter Mrs. Mildred I. Manley, former laundry truck driver, of Barstow,
Mrs. Dorothy M. Bickers, former secretary, of Nebraska.
Miss Edna M. Stetson, former telephone operator, of San Pedro.
Mrs. Myrtle Rosen, former secretary, of Los Angeles, whose husband is a private at Ft. MacArthur
Mrs. Dolores J. Crabbe, wife of Sgt. Crabbe of Ft. MacArthur’s motor pool
Mrs. Sally O. Hall, former theater cashier, of Wilmington.
Mrs. Marguerite M. Cummins, former theater cashier, of Wilmington.
Mrs. Estella K. Gunn, soldier’s wife, of Torrance.
Miss Dorothy H. Paci, former telephone operator, of Long Beach.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrest 10 “zoot suit gangster suspects” in East L.A.
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Onetime zoot suiters HQ at 329 N. Mednick via Google’s Street View.
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