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

 
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Container Title
Box/Folder   4/10
No.   1255A/165
Marini, Gladys,1993 July 27, Baraboo, Wisconsin
Note: Joint interview with Vera Dwars.

Biography/History

Gladys (Gomon) Marini was born on August 14, 1923, in Baraboo, Wisconsin. A lifelong resident of the area, she is one of seven children. Her parents, also born in Sauk County, are of French and German ancestry. Ms. Marini attended St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School and was graduated from Baraboo High School. She attended Miss Brown's Business College in Milwaukee for one year. In 1942 she married Frank Gomon. Shortly thereafter, she began work for the newly formed Badger Ordnance plant, working in the personnel office. The couple had five children born in 1943, 1945, 1947, 1950, and 1953. Ms. Marini is also a member of the Catholic church. She and her husband now make their home just outside of Baraboo in Rock Springs.

Vera (Gomon) Dwars, sister of Gladys Marini, was born on September 21, 1920, in Sauk County. Ms. Dwars is also a lifelong resident of the area. She attended St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School and was graduated from Baraboo High School. Following graduation she worked for the Sauk County Highway Department and in 1942 was employed by Mason and Hangar, the forerunner of the Badger Ordnance plant. In 1953 she married Ralph Dwars. She was widowed in 1979. She continued to work for Badger Ordnance until her retirement in 1977. Ms. Dwars continues to reside in Baraboo.

Scope and Content Note: Gladys Marini and Vera Dwars were interviewed together at their request. Ms. Marini and Ms. Dwars each begin by describing their reactions to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The sisters then discuss their work with Badger Ordnance, primarily in the personnel office during the early days of the plant's development. Ms. Marini describes about being newly married and starting a family during the war years, including issues concerning child care when she returned to work, food and oil shortages, gardens. Both women talk about housing shortages in the area due to the large influx of workers in the ordnance plant. They discuss their brother who served in the military during the early 1950s. They also discuss issues of safety and security at the plant, types of workers hired, and average salaries.