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Frank Gonzalez: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Gonzalez, Frank
Interviewer(s):
Washburn, David
Title:
Frank Gonzalez: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Born in the Mexican state of Sonora, Gonzalez came with his parents to Arizona in the early 1920s. He followed friends to Richmond where he worked in the shipyards, eventually working his way up to leaderman and then foreman despite only rudimentary English skills. Eight of his siblings followed him to Richmond, where they all worked for Kaiser. Gonzalez later owned a local Mexican market, and then opened a popular restaurant, which still exists. Discusses: coming to the United States, working in Arizona, coming to Richmond, work at the Kaiser shipyards, running his Commerce, Industry, and Labor after the war, Mexican Baptist in Richmond.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2002
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Oskicat record:
b10260620
Rights:
Gonzalez, Frank. "Frank Gonzalez: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by David Washburn in 2002. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.