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Arcement, Frances

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Oral History

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Frances (Olson) Arcement was born 5 February 1926 in Columbia Heights, Minnesota; as a child her family moved to Minneapolis, where she attended vocational high school, graduating in 1942. After a brief period working at Anchor Laundry in Minneapolis, in early 1944 Frances moved to Renton, Washington, and took a job with the aircraft manufacturer Boeing; here she worked as a riveter, helping to assemble the B-29 Superfortress aircraft. Frances remained at Boeing until the end of 1944, when she returned to Minnesota and took a position at the Twin Cities Ordinance Plant in New Brighton. Frances worked there until June 1945, serving as an inspector on an assembly line for .30 caliber shells. In May 1945 Frances married Norman “Bud” Arcement, then serving with the US Navy submarine service, and moved with him to New York City. When Bud was discharged in November 1945, the couple returned to Minneapolis. Frances worked from 1945-49 again at Anchor Laundry, but then found a position with Honeywell; she remained with the company until she retired in 1984. At the time of this interview (November 2001), Frances and Bud lived in May Township, Washington County, Minnesota. Frances Arcement died in October 2011. The final pages have interesting reflections on the 11 September 2001 attacks.


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