Working at the Fort Ord Quartermaster Store in 1956

January 27, 1956 newspaper clipping

Aunt Marian did many different things during her 19+ years in the Women’s Army Corps (WACs).  I’m still researching what many of them were, but I do know one thing that she did—she worked in a commissary. Amongst the memorabilia of Aunt Marian’s that I found was this newspaper clipping from January 27, 1956.

The clipping shows Aunt Marian working at the Fort Ord (Monterey Bay, California) Quartermasters Sales Store. Aunt Marian’s handwritten note says:

My boss had me do this. The other girl was not on duty. I have on a green sales jacket.

27 thoughts on “Working at the Fort Ord Quartermaster Store in 1956”

  1. What a nice souvenir. It left me searching my memory: when was the last time a real sales clerk helped me in a store? I can’t remember. They used to be the ones to run back and forth, finding different sizes, a better color, and so on.They didn’t just stand at a cash register and ring up purchases.

    In a way, having sales clerks was like having a fellow provide “full service” at a gas station.

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    1. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a sales clerk who provided lots of assistance. It seems like clerks are few and far between even in the big (somewhat upscale) department stores.


    1. I hadn’t thought about it in that way before, but now that you say it, I think you are right. She didn’t want family members to think that she was bragging by sharing the newspaper article with them. Times sure have changed. . . I wonder what Aunt Marian would have thought of facebook, selfies, etc.


  2. Great memento! Interesting that Ms. O’Day enlisted while Hawaii was still a US Territory. I agree with Gallivanta that the note suggests that your aunt did not want to be seen as someone “hogging the limelight”! Wow, does that remind me of my own mom!


    1. I think that my mother was the same way, too. Attitudes sure have changed regarding people “tooting their own horn.” . . facebook, instagram, blogging. . . 🙂


    1. She does look happy. From everything I’ve ever heard, Fort Ord and the time she spent in Occupied Japan (I haven’t gotten to that part of her story in this blog yet) were her favorite posts.

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  3. Go Aunt Marian!
    The comment thread about getting help from sales people reminds me of being helped with purchasing shoes. Remember? They’d bring out a stack of boxes of different shoes, in various styles and sizes?
    Haven’t had that happen since I was a child.


    1. There was so much more emphasis on service back then–and the clerks were very patient . It always seemed like they had an almost endless supply of different styles they could bring out.


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