Rosie the Riveter Project ventured into Calhoun County
last Friday, through the efforts of “Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc.”
Interviews were arranged with local women Marilyn
Beecher, Ola Jarvis Stalfort and Jean Kelly Miller, who talked about
their experiences during World War II. Willodean Harris Brady was
interviewed via telephone.
Ola Jarvis Stalfort shows a "Rosie the Riveter" souvenir towel.
Originally, Thanks! Plain and Simple planned to create a
documentary about West Virginia’s Rosies. Due to the large number of
calls and possible stories, the organization is taking on the task of
gathering funding to create a West Virginia Rosie Collection. The goal
is to complete the collection by this time next year.
Marilyn Beecher is interviewed by John Haulotte.
Executive director and founder Anne Montague said that
she has written a proposal for a year’s work because there are many
Rosie stories that women want to share.
Anne Montague (left) gets a "Rosie" story from Jean Miller.
“Three weeks ago, we had not planned for a year’s work,
because we thought we would find 15 at the most, but our response is
five times what we anticipated. This project is unifying the state.”
At the present time, Rosie the Riveters have responded
from 19 counties.
“West Virginia has a first rate collection of Rosie the
Riveter stories and memorabilia,” said veteran John Haulotte. “We need
to preserve that collection.”
For information or to set up an interview, call 744-4743
“We need the help and pride of West Virginians to
succeed,” said Montague.
It seems that Calhoun County has a
part to play in this project, and there may be others, locally, who can
share their stories.