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Pit-Women: 1943

Pit-Women: 1943

June 1943. "Turkey Pond, near Concord, New Hampshire. Women workers employed by U.S. Department of Agriculture timber salvage sawmill. Ruth DeRoche and Norma Webber, 18-year-old 'pit-women,' relaxing after lunch." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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My Mission

It used to be my favorite drink. My mother tried it once and said she'd rather drink paint.

Working Women

Recently a book was authored by a local that details the activities of these women. They are to be admired for their initiative and ability to raise families AND perform this demanding work in a time of need.

My brother works nearby the old site of this mill and has seen the remnants of the mill. There are occasional logs that still 'pop up' in this man-made pond, reminding us of the massive amounts of timber that fell to the Hurricane of '38.

For more info see this.

Norma Webber Seaver

Norma Webber married, and died Norma Seaver in 2010. Her obit says in part:

Norma was raised in Concord and attended Concord schools.

Norma worked for the S&H Green Stamp Store for more than 20 years.

She was a spicy person, full of energy and determination, and she was game for any activity, including riding a jet ski at age 80, riding scooters with her great-grandchildren and hiking Mount Major at age 85 and going to the gym four times a week until she was 86 and became ill.

Norma was predeceased by her husband, Allison G. Seaver, who passed away in 1995.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon L. Dockham of Concord and Sheila M. Raymond of West Concord; two grandchildren, Christine M. Bouffard and Ernie Coulombe, both of Penacook; six great-grandchildren, Mike, Matthew and Jessica Coulombe and Alex, Lauren and Lindsey Bouffard; one great-great-grandchild, Paxton Coulombe; and a sister, Barbara Ford and a niece, Brenda Chickering, both of Casco, Maine.


Norma looks like she's toking on a joint!

Cigareets & uh, Soda

and wild, wild Women.

Young ladies of another time

I notice that none of these girls seem to have a tattoo.

Girls on a Mission (Soda)

The slogan "Naturally Good" on the nearer of the two soda bottles identifies it as Mission Soda, which went out of business in 1970. No telling whether it was orange, lemon-lime, coco-pina, cherry, black cherry, cream, grape, or root beer.

The Hurricane of 1938 felled thousands of trees in New England. Timber salvage operations were kept busy for years to clean up the mess and turn it into lumber.

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