WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
California Quartermaster Repair Sub-Depot Laborers
Oakland, CA October 1944 - The Oakland Army Post Quartermaster repair sub-depot, located at 69th Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, supplied troops during World War II by repairing clothing and equipment. More than 2,000 civilian employees worked at the sub-depot, most of them women.
Mrs. Commye Griffin of Berkeley mended damaged tents. About 50 tents were mended each day. (photo 1)
Mrs. Evelyn Wofford of Oakland was a fork-lift operator while her husband was in the Seabees. (photo 2)
Mrs. Ruby Battenfeld and Mrs. Dorothy Elliott, both of Oakland, operated a hydraulic machine to smooth dented water canteens - up to 600 per day. (photo 3)
(All photos from the Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)