Motherhood

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Interview with Kansas City, Kansas, resident and volunteer Sue Thompson. Sue discusses her family and early life in Merriam, Kansas, marrying and raising her children in Piper and Victory Hills, her volunteer work, and returning to work after the murder of her husband, Chuck Thompson. She shares memories of volunteering for the Bar Association Auxiliary and other Wyandotte County organizations.

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Interview with executive director of the Department of Urban Affairs Samuella Gates. Gates discusses her family background in Texas, coming to Kansas City to work as a teacher at the age of 24, working for the local Girl Scouts council and various government jobs, and marrying and moving to Atlanta where she worked in education and job training for adults. She also recalls her memories of the World War II years, including teaching and raising a family in Texas, California, and Arizona, and working with the Model Cities program after returning to Kansas City in the late 1960s. She also discusses her experiences in Kansas City churches, shares her views about past US presidents, prominent Black intellectuals and activists, and local politicians, her thoughts on the women's liberation movement, and her career aspirations and concerns.

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Interview with Shirley Smith Ramey in which she shares photographs and discusses growing up in Northeast Kansas City, Missouri, her ancestors and how the family came to the area, and how her parents learned trades at a school for the deaf in Fulton, Missouri. She describes being raised by her grandparents and her mother, who worked in the local garment industry, eloping with her husband Owen, and their early marriage and work. She also discusses moving back in with her family while pregnant when Owen left to fight in World War II, later following Owen's orders to San Antonio and Denver, post-war life in east Kansas City, and being part of the "white flight" to Johnson County.

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Interview with June Neal about her life and civilian work for the Army during World War II. She discusses growing up on a farm in Brown County, Kansas, during the Depression, and taking a job with the Army Effects Bureau in Kansas City in 1941, processing personal items for soldiers killed in the war. She also talks about her five brothers surviving their military service, the death of her first husband and life as a widowed young mother during the 1950s and returning to work at the Internal Revenue Service in Kansas City, and about a photograph appearing on the front page of the Kansas City Star of her kissing a serviceman during VJ Day celebrations near 12th and Main. The photograph later appeared in Life magazine, resulting in calls and letters from soldiers.

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Interview with Elaine C. Wills about her experience as an aircraft sheet metal mechanic during World War II. She discusses attending the Aviation Institute of Denver with her husband, and their move to California to work at two different aircraft manufacturers until her husband was drafted into the Army Air Corps. She mentions moves to Nebraska, Texas, and back to Kansas City, and describes her experience repairing aircraft damaged in the war and as a woman working alongside men and as a mother managing childcare while working. Elaine later worked for Luzier Cosmetics in Kansas City and was working on finishing her college degree in her 80s, and also discussed rationing, what she enjoyed in her personal time, and her education, marriage and family life.

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Interview with Geneva Migrone about her life as part of an Italian-American family in the Columbus Park neighborhood. She recalls Black and Jewish neighbors, holidays, life in the neighborhood, and working outside the home after having several children. She discusses her family and members of the community enjoying the Don Bosco Community Center, recalls New Deal relief including WPA jobs, and notes the influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s and '80s.

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Interview with Georgene Stinnett in which she describes her childhood on an Iowa Farm, taking the civil service exam, and moving to Washington, DC, to work at the Pentagon during World War II. She discusses being a stenographer in the Signal Corps, taking dictation from officers and working with classified documents, having lunch while bands played in the Pentagon courtyard, and recalls Franklin D. Roosevelt's death and funeral. She also recalls measures taken by her family and others on the home front, and working as a USO hostess, where she met her husband, and notes improvements in medical care during the war years that benefited her during her pregnancies.

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Interview with Lucy Lopez about her life and work as a preschool teacher and with the Dos Mundos newspaper. She recalls growing up in the Armourdale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas, where her parents worked for the railroad and packinghouses. She shares memories of the 1951 flood, including the family moving in with relatives in the Westside where the family ultimately remained. She also recounts working at the Muehlebach Hotel's Terrace Grill where she met many celebrities, her school experience, encountering discrimination when seeking employment, and giving birth to two of her children while living in Chicago; and discusses motherhood, and her work and further schooling in early childhood education, the establishment of Dos Mundos bilingual newspaper, and her own experience maintaining fluency in Spanish and English.

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Interview with Josefa Parra about her life She recalls her early life in Mexico, her immigration to the United States in 1925, working at beet farms in California and Colorado, and settling in Kansas City. She discusses her history with area churches and community activities, memories of World War II and the 1951 Flood, working as a babysitter and nanny while raising her own family, and varying ability and interest in speaking family with her family, neighbors, and in schools. She shares other stories about her neighbors, her family, and Mexican history.

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Interview with Magdalena Rodriguez about her life in Kansas City's Mexican-American community. Born in 1933, she recalls her parents' immigration to the United States during the Mexican Revolution, working beet harvests until settling in Kansas City, Kansas. She discusses the shops, neighbors, and schools of the Armourdale and Rosedale neighborhoods, attending segregated schools, and facing discrimination and racism. She also discusses her parents' experience learning English, the family's experience in the Depression and World War II, her work with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, investigating cases of child abuse and neglect, her involvement in church, school, and civic organizations, and balancing that work with being a wife and mother.

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