Commentary

‘Women of Alcoa’ in 1963, complete with ID’s

Neighbor Grover says a man who jumps off a bridge in Paris is in Seine. A few weeks ago I ran a photo of a group of women at

Alcoa’s Rockdale Works taken, I’m pretty sure, in the middle 1950s since the smelter poured its first metal in 1952.

I asked for help with identifications and stirred up a lot of interest. Thanks to Evelyn Stork, Eleanor Weems, Hal Reagan and wife Pegaroo, plus Jack Nettles of Victoria and input from Nettie Greene of Temple, five of the 15 ladies have been ID’d.

Thus, the research continues on that one.

But this week I’m indebted to Lola Pevehouse and Eleanor Weems who both showed me their copies of a photo taken in 1963 at Alcoa during National Secretaries Week.

Thankfully, both Lola and Eleanor had written the names of the women on the back of their photos. So, for your viewing pleasure and possibly a trip down memory lane, you’re looking at the “Women of Alcoa” from only 49 years ago.


Because of the way this group was posed, it’s difficult to establish an exact left-to-right pattern, row by row, but thanks to Lola Pevehouse and Eleanor Weems, this is pretty much the way these Alcoa women employees were arranged in this Secretaries Week photo taken in 1963 by the Alcoa public relations department. So, starting at the top (L-R): Cynthia Saage, RN; Eleanor Weems, Gladys Thomas, Evelyn Stork, Lola Pevehouse; Row 2, Livy Beard, Anita Belle Kastner, Lena O’Bier, Marceline Lee; Row 3, Alice Pearson, Juanita Taylor, Josie Boswell, Virginia Heine, LaVergne Moore; Row 4, Sally Jackson, Judy Mullendore, Nell Dymke; bottom row, Neva Stumhoeffer, Claudell Raymond, Flora Harris, Earnesteen Smith, Mary Brown and Virginia Sanders. Because of the way this group was posed, it’s difficult to establish an exact left-to-right pattern, row by row, but thanks to Lola Pevehouse and Eleanor Weems, this is pretty much the way these Alcoa women employees were arranged in this Secretaries Week photo taken in 1963 by the Alcoa public relations department. So, starting at the top (L-R): Cynthia Saage, RN; Eleanor Weems, Gladys Thomas, Evelyn Stork, Lola Pevehouse; Row 2, Livy Beard, Anita Belle Kastner, Lena O’Bier, Marceline Lee; Row 3, Alice Pearson, Juanita Taylor, Josie Boswell, Virginia Heine, LaVergne Moore; Row 4, Sally Jackson, Judy Mullendore, Nell Dymke; bottom row, Neva Stumhoeffer, Claudell Raymond, Flora Harris, Earnesteen Smith, Mary Brown and Virginia Sanders. I thought having these identified would make it easier to track down the early-1950s ID’s, but if many of them are the same, we haven’t been able to pinpoint them. Hair styles, dress styles and even eyeglass styles do change.

But the beat goes on....

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