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Marshall, Lester

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Oral History

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Lester Marshall was born on 5 March 1921 in Washington, D.C. After graduating from high school in 1939 he completed an apprenticeship at the Navy Yard in Washington, where he worked as a skilled machinist throughout the war years. As a skilled worker, Lester received a deferment from active service in the military. He met his future wife, Jo Ann Marshall, of Cloquet, Minnesota, in 1942, while she was working a government job. Lester and Jo Ann were married in October 1943 in Cloquet. In 1945, as the war was coming to a close, Lester and Jo Ann decided to leave Washington and return to her hometown of Cloquet, where they raised two children and remained. Lester worked 41 years as a machinist at Northwest Paper (later Potlatch Paper, then Sappi) in Cloquet, retiring in 1986. Lester passed away on 5 December 2005, aged 84. Lester provides important details of military production work at a major naval facility; he also discusses some of the difficulties of civilian life during wartime in the nation’s capital, such as transportation and housing.


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