Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center program recognizes female factory workers of WWII

Adult day Program participants Mary Plumbtree and Clara Blair worked in factories during World War II.
BY DAVID KOONCE, Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center Published: April 5, 2014
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Every year, Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center’s Adult Day Program recognizes the Rosie the Riveter movement. More than 8 million American women went to work in factories while the majority of men were off at war.

Modeled after the iconic poster from World War II, “We Can Do It,” the staff and participants of the Adult Day Center dressed in costumes as Rosie the Riveter on March 7.

Two of the Adult Day Center’s participants, Mary Plumbtree, 89, and Clara Blair, 92, worked as riveters and mechanics during World War II. Plumbtree was stationed as a riveter in Texas, although she cannot recall exactly where. When Blair was asked where she was stationed, she replied, “I’ve been all over the place. I haven’t ever stayed put in Jones, Oklahoma.”

Plumbtree and Blair are very proud of what they did for their country. Not only was Plumbtree a “Rosie the Riveter”, but also she was known as a “Wendy the Welder.” She can recall working on the tail rudder of the P-51 Mustang, a long-range single-seated fighter/bomber.