Lester Marshall Oral History Interview


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Lester Marshall Oral History Interview
Lester Marshall Oral History Interview
May 23 2001
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. 
1h 33m 17s
Lester Marshall, 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.
Cloquet, Carlton, Minnesota, United States, NA [46.72161,-92.45936] [id:5021632]Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., United States, NA [38.91706,-77.00025] [id:4138106]