One of the Highest Wage Earners in 1940

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Another entry in my Labor Day photo series… One of the interesting things about going through the 1940 census is seeing how much money my relatives were earning in 1939.  For the most part, my relatives were earning between $500 and $1500 a year.  So, I was surprised to see that my great uncle Joe … Continued

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My Grandma Was a Working Woman

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Long before women burned their bras, my Grandma Shellabarger was a working woman.  In fact, she worked most of her life.  At first it was because her family couldn’t survive during the Depression on the 33 cents an hour my Grandfather made.  After their divorce it was necessity.  She needed to feed herself and her … Continued

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Before He Became a Painter and Writer

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Another entry in my Labor Day photo series… Frank Milton Shellabarger was my grandmother’s third husband.  My software’s relationship calculator says that we are not related by blood. I will always know him as Grandpa Frank even though he died when I was 1 year old. When my grandma met him in the late 1950s, … Continued

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They Owned Laundries

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Another for my Labor Day photo series… My great grandfather was Charles Mazeres .  Charles was from Ogeu les bains, France.  He made his way to San Francisco in the early 1890s.  He and my grandmother, Brigitte Breilh, owned French Laundries. The earliest laundry I’ve documented is the one he owned in Modesto, California, 1903.  … Continued

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Women Working in the Factories

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Here’s another entry for my Labor Day photo series.  I found this photograph in the Oakland Tribune [Oakland, Alameda Co., CA], 15 May 1942, Front Page.  The article was titled “Women Now in War Plant in Emeryville.”  The article documented local women who were moving into manufacturing jobs as men headed off to war. This … Continued

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Laborers at the Sugar Plantation

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As it is Labor Day weekend, I thought I’d post the one photograph I have that links my relatives to their sugar plantation laboring roots.  This photograph is in my cousin Ted’s collection. It was taken on one of the sugar beet farms in Monterey County, CA.  It’s most likely King City, Soledad, or Spreckels.  … Continued

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Wordless Wednesday: Pacheco Sisters

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Not so wordless today.  These are the daughters of Francisco Pacheco and Alexandria de Caires.  On the left Sophie (Pacheco) Figg.  On the right, Maria (Pacheco) Homan/Buskirk.  Sophie was married by 1915 and living in Hawaii with her husband, who was a soldier stationed there.  So, I’m guessing this photo was taken around 1913-1914. The … Continued

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