March 12 — Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.
While I remember my mother being at home with us for the most part, I do remember that she worked as a substitute teacher in the area. Before I was born, mom was a elementary school teacher in Muncie, Indiana at Roosevelt Elementary. She obtained her undergraduate in elementary education and master's degree in library science from Ball State University. Once we were old enough to be in school, she tried to go back into the schools full time, but was having a hard time finding work. She was a substitute teacher at Orestes Elementary and Frankton schools, covering for maternity leaves. Eventually, a position opened as the children's librarian at the Alexandria-Monroe Township Public Library. She worked there for a number of years before a position opened up as the head librarian at the Alexandria-Monroe High School. She worked there until she retired. She's still active on the local public library board, and volunteers at the school libraries as well. Books are in her (and my) blood.
My grandmother Wright worked in a factory in the 1950s for a few years to earn money to buy a new refrigerator. The story was that she went to work to buy a $500 refrigerator and left owing $5000 because they bought a new car. Later, she worked for a few years at the junior high school in the cafeteria. I just found this fact out last week, when I came across a photo of her from the school yearbook.
My grandmother LeMaster didn't work outside the home, though she was an Avon representative for many years. I remember a couple of times when we stayed with her going out on delivery runs.