Gaylord Nelson Papers, 1954-2006 (bulk 1963-1980)

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Container Title
Box/Folder   1/2
No.   1255A/153-154
Angermeyer, Mary Jean,1993 June 9, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Biography/History: Mary Jean (Lindsey) Angermeyer was born on December 12, 1917, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. She was the second born of four children in a family of Norwegian and English/Scotch/Irish background. After having graduated high school, she attended the University of Minnesota, receiving her degree in engineering in 1939. The daughter of a civil engineer, she was encouraged by her father to pursue a career in engineering. Her two brothers and her sister each became engineers. Following graduation, Ms. Angermeyer was employed by Kimberly-Clark in Neenah. In September of 1941 she married Howard Angermeyer and they continued to live in Neenah for the first years of their marriage. The couple had four daughters born in 1943, 1945, 1947, and 1950. Ms. Angermeyer worked at Kimberly-Clark until the birth of their first child. Her husband was drafted late in the war, after the birth of their first child. Ms. Angermeyer and her husband now make their home in Oshkosh.
Scope and Content Note: Ms. Angermeyer discusses her reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the start-up of the draft. She then talks about her decision to pursue a degree in engineering and the reaction of her classmates and professors to a woman in a man's field. She describes her work in a variety of departments at Kimberly Clark, and living in Neenah as a single woman prior to her marriage in 1941. She continues by describing her social activities with her roommates and talks about how she met her husband. She describes the hardships faced by a young married couple at the beginning of the war, including housing problems, war-time work in areas outside of Neenah, transportation difficulties, and finally her husband being drafted into the military near the end of the war. She discusses problems with shortages as well as the camaraderie among family and other women in the area. She concludes by talking about the celebrations during the announcements of V-E and V-J days and her reactions to the war.