PHOTO BY JUDY HOBBS
Lowana Muncrief, left, and Marjorie Hobbs served as the keynote speakers at last week’s Arbuckle Historical Society meeting, discussing their contribution to the War effort in the early 1940’s. Both ladies’ sons, Sulphur historian Dennis Muncrief and pharmacist Larry Hobbs, assisted in their presentations.
“We Can Do It!”
On Monday, Sept. 16, the Arbuckle Historical Society hosted an evening presentation by a ‘dynamic duo’ of women who were original World War II Rosie the Riveters. The meeting attracted an overflow audience that night, and it had to move from the AHS Museum to meet in the First Christian Church in downtown Sulphur.
The speakers, who are in their 90’s now, were Marjorie Hobbs, of Marietta, and Lowana Muncrief, of Sulphur. Their memories of contributing to the war effort in the early 1940s were remarkably clear; their talks were lively and engaging.
The pair was assisted by their sons. Sulphur pharmacist Larry Hobbs held the microphone for Marjorie, and Lowana was helped by Sulphur historian Dennis Muncrief.
After America went to war with Japan following the 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks, able bodied men went off to war, leaving many jobs open. To help those fighting in the war, American women volunteered for wartime service in factories. They were depicted as Rosie the Riveter, and became a cultural icon of World War II. An estimated six million women worked in wartime production plants.
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