Women Truck Drivers Replace Men at Ft. MacArthur

Nov. 2, 1942, Comics


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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.

Coming attraction: “Thunder Birds” with Gene Tierney, Preston Foster and John Sutton. Second feature: “Careful, Soft Shoulders,” at Grauman’s Chinese and Loew’s State.

Nov. 2, 1942, Women Truck Drivers

Nov. 2, 1942, Thunder Birds

329 N. Mednick, Los Angeles, CA
Onetime zoot suiters HQ  at 329 N. Mednick via Google’s Street View.

4353 Floral Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Onetime zoot suiters’ HQ at 4353 Floral Drive via Google’s Street View.

Nov. 2, 1942, Zoot Suit Gangsters

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3 Responses to Women Truck Drivers Replace Men at Ft. MacArthur

  1. aryedirect says:

    We have become so used to women sharing the workplace that it seems quite quaint that there would be shock and amazement back in ’42. Yet, it was the beginning of a revolution that would become unstoppable twenty-five years in the future.

    • lmharnisch says:

      I was working at UPS in the early 1970s when it hired the Tucson office’s first woman driver, a temporary employee during the Christmas rush. As I recall, her name was Nana Pinel. I often wonder what became of her. It was a huge deal for the office, believe me.

  2. JAMES SCOTT says:

    I remember in the 1960’s when Johnny Carson had on his show N.Y.C.’s one and only female cab driver. Everyone was amazed a woman could do it.

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