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Rosie the Riveters visit Cottage Grove Classes

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017




Opal Nelson earned $1 a week as a maid in Indiana. But it wasn't enough. When a girlfriend suggested they try their luck in California and answer the call for workers at an aircraft plant, she hopped on a Greyhound bus and headed west.

"We had $20 between us which shows how far we planned ahead," she said. The money got them as far as Denver, CO where they took on jobs as waitresses to earn the rest of the fare to California.

That was 70 years ago. On Friday, Feb. 10, Nelson joined three other women during a presentation to Cottage Grove High School students, each reminiscing of their time spent helping the war effort as Rosie the Riveters.

Opal Nelson earned $1 a week as a maid in Indiana. But it wasn't enough. When a girlfriend suggested they try their luck in California and answer the call for workers at an aircraft plant, she hopped on a Greyhound bus and headed west.

"We had $20 between us which shows how far we planned ahead," she said. The money got them as far as Denver, CO where they took on jobs as waitresses to earn the rest of the fare to California.

That was 70 years ago. On Friday, Feb. 10, Nelson joined three other women during a presentation to Cottage Grove High School students, each reminiscing of their time spent helping the war effort as Rosie the Riveters.



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