Frances Arcement oral history interview


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Frances Arcement oral history interview
Frances Arcement oral history interview
November 2 2001
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.
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Frances Arcement, Interview, National Home Front Project, Washington College, Chestertown Maryland.
Interview was recorded by Thomas Saylor through Concordia University St. Paul for the Starr Center of the American Experience National Homefront Project. 
May Township, Cass, Minnesota, United States, NA [46.38831,-94.58203] [id:5036893]Columbia Heights, Anoka, Minnesota, United States, NA [45.0408,-93.263] [id:5021828]Renton, King, Washington, United States, NA [47.48288,-122.21707] [id:5808189]City of Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States, NA [44.96194,-93.26694] [id:5037657]