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Nellie Sarracino: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Sarracino, Nellie
Interviewer(s):
Castle, Elizabeth
Title:
Nellie Sarracino: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Nellie Sarracino moved to the Richmond Indian Village in 1942 to work as an engine wiper on the railcars for the Santa Fe Railroad. Later she transferred to work in the repair shop then on to the steam engine supply room. She met Victor "Sandy" Sarracino, an electrician for the railroad, who also lived in the Richmond Indian Village and they married. When she married, she stopped working and focused on her family. In her interview she offers a detailed description of how the railroad boxcars were dismantled to provide housing for the families of the village. She also discusses her husband's experiences as a member of a popular band which played locally in Bay Area and how she was able to cook traditional foods in a special oven built by her husband. Nellie is Ruth Hopper Sarracino's mother.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2005
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Oskicat record:
b10261022
Rights:
Sarracino, Nellie . "Nellie Sarracino: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Elizabeth Castle in 2005. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.