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Kerby Parnell: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Parnell, Kerby
Interviewer(s):
Wilmot, Nadine
Title:
Kerby Parnell: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
In this interview, Kerby Parnell discusses her life of adventure. She migrated to Dinuba, California from Arkansas with her family as a child in search of better opportunities. In Dinuba, her family worked in fruit and cotton, as part of California's agricultural industry. Then, when Parnell was a teenager, she, her parents, and her grandmother all went to work in the Kaiser shipyards, making for three generations of one family represented simultaneously in Kaiser Shipyard 2. Also during the war, Parnell worked at the Fox Theater, and then later after the boys came home with Rheem Manufacturing Company, Hercules Powder Company, and the Mechanics Bank, where she works still. Mrs. Parnell's interview illuminates the themes of migration, identity, labor, and a changing wartime Richmond.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2006
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Oskicat record:
b10261045
Rights:
Parnell, Kerby. "Kerby Parnell: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Nadine Wilmot in 2006. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.