Pauline Evelyn EINARSON Christopherson, daughter of Gudbrandur Einarson and Mary Sigvaldson, Mother of Robert, Ronald, Carol and Roy Christopherson.
Pauline was born 19 Oct 1919 at Glenboro, Manitoba, Canada. Her mother was Mary Sigvaldason/Sigvaldson. Mary's father was Arni Sigvaldson from Lake Benton, Minnesota. Pauline's older brother Henry by 1 year and 1 month, a younger brother, Lloyd (Passed on), and youngest sister, Living Enns, who created 40 pages of Einarson genealogy, and lives in Canada, married to Living Enns. All lived on the farms in Manitoba during the 1920's and 30's. Soffia, Pauline's grandmother helped raise all four children after Mary passed away at a young age.
Pauline attended Frey school. Pauline continued her schooling through grade eleven at the little one room schoolhouse a mile from the farm. One year she took on the job of going early (walking) to light the fire in a big pot-bellied stove at the back of the classroom during the winter months so that it would be warm for the teacher and pupils when they arrived. Not an easy task for $8 a month, especially when the stove was sometimes hard to get lit on a bitterly cold morning. From her Memorial card. While Pauline did well in English, she received a C in French. Her children had no idea she even took French.
Roy has a resignation letter from Pauline's WWII employer (yes she served in her way during that period), most likely while Ted was serving in Texas, Illinois, then Australia, then departing for the Pacifics, and Luzon. According to Ray Conlisk, Ted probably landed at Clark Airfield there. Roy researched the resignation letter and plant photo. There were two. Pauline worked at one related to making fuses. Now consider that one plant at the time was Top Secret and any mistakes and "the whole factory could explode".
Defence Industries Limited
Pauline Einarson "MAY" have worked as an Office Employee in Transcona, Manitoba, Canada (Trying to find a resignation letter-Found it!).
Defence Industries Limited during the 1920s diversified into paint and varnish, coated fabrics and plastics, and in 1927 they changed their name to Canadian Industries Limited. Later that year they re-opened the Nobel plants (British Cordite Co. Ltd., Nobel, Ont.?). With the approach of World War II, the company formed a subsidiary, Defence Industries Limited, and opened new plants on the site formerly used by British Cordite. The Nobel site employed 4,300 people at its peak, and the company as a whole 33,000 By 1945 the plant had filled 40 million shells; employed over 9,000 people at peak production.
Today, Ajax is commonly considered part of the Greater Toronto Area, in the eastern part of the Golden Horseshoe region.
There is a Dance Album from an event at the Defence Industries Limited. If Pauline worked there, not sure. The photos are very detailed showing hundreds of people in attendance. See for yourself in the Online Album, D.I.L. Jamboree and Pauline's Friends http://www.christopherson.net/genealogy/photo/DefenseIndustriesLtd/
It is official! Pauline Einarson worked for the Defense Industries Ltd. Winnipeg Works. View her Welcome letter here (to be scanned/posted). View her Resignation letter on AUG 27, 1945 here and her Salary document So it all fits together. She might have even told her family that she was attending Business School or perhaps did both.
Em might be able to contact one of her friends to confirm all this.
There is nothing on the Internet regarding "Winnipeg Works" as being something on it's own. Roy's guess is DIL in Ajax was referred to as Ajax and the Cordite Plant near Winnipeg was refrred to as Winnipeg Works. There is no address on the resignation accepted letter.
1. Cordite Plant (Defense Industries Ltd.) Transcona 1941 (East of Winnipeg by about 4 miles)
2. shellfilling plant of Defense Industries, Ltd., in Ajax (Ajax, ON, Canada)
Comparing locations, this card was mailed to mom when she was single in 1945 postmarked at Grand beach August 8th, 1945 to a highly
classified Cordite Plant in Transcona, Winnipeg.
Ajax Digital Archive (PADA) Mostly of the Ajax plant, and not the Transcona one.
Onthis page of their website, they talk about the plant and a transfer of the Works Manager. Mr. Brewer's name (Below) does not show up.
The 3rd paragraph it talks about the Winnipeg Works and D.I.L...., Read more
Same website "The Commando Ajax Ontario August 5, 1942 Volume 1 No. 3", bottom of scanned image, news of a
Cordite Plant worker jailed 4 months.
Below is proof regarding the DIL. What she did there is still a mystery. Probably just working in an on-site store or office?
Read this PDF article from 1945 regarding layoffs in the paper 7 days before Pauline resigned!
Why did she quit? (Probably to get married to Ted)
What was her job?
Email sent to PADA
SUBJECT: Winnipeg Works
I have confirmed my mother, Pauline was in the D.I.L.'s employment.
The letter talks about Winnipeg Works which is not mentioned online.
This might be of interest
Slideshow from DIL event
Trying to figure out a few more questions on it, as she NEVER spoke about it.
PADA org. never responded back. Very typical response I get, and one reason why I do not bother with organizations.
I do give them a BIG kudo for posting many scanned images online!
Front of postcard
Grand Beach located Lake Winnipeg east side
Back of postcard
A co-worker on days off or vacation writing to Pauline at the "Stores Dept" at Defense Industries LTD.
C/O Defense Industries Ltd.
P.O. Box 2914
Click to Enlarge
Envelope - Note matches Post Card address
What is the Stores Offices?
From H.H. Brewer, Works Manager
at Defense Industries LTD. operating Winnipeg Works.
Mentions Cordite (Bomb fuse material)
Have not found any 'Booklet'
Resignation Letter AUG 27, 1945
D.I.L. J.K.H. Day, Asst Office Manager
Seven days prior, MASSIVE layoffs were
taking place across the continents
Fully Marked 2 sided Envelope
FEB 18, 1946
Roy is on the detective hunt once again with pieces of the puzzle. He just found out who Elva Clarke is. Well almost. She is a friend of Pauline's.
Why does Roy say that, in the following photo the group of women are at the Lockport, Manitoba Channel Lock. Behind them is the actual Lock,
and in front is a tie off for a boat. Plus it states it on the back, which is great. Now were they from the Cordite Plant or the Winnipeg Business School?
Roy's guess is, Pauline worked in one of the offices at the Transcona plant near Winnipeg, not to be confused with the Ajax plant in Ontario. There was also a plant at Nobel, Quebec, by British Cordite Limited.
I doubt she ever was in any of the factories, yet, just to be working on site there would have required showing a pass daily, and being bused in. Being that it was classified, she probably never told her family what she was doing. Only her friends like Elva would know.
Found two more postcards of this Lock
IMG_SCAN_3475_JUL26.1910_Fr.CousinHelgaToGudrun_Winnipeg.W.Selkirk which is from a cousin Helga to Roy's grandmother, Gudrun
Also see Women's roles in the World Wars
Sent info to both the Museum of Transcona, and the Library of thetown of Ajax.
Poster in The Commando, Ajax (Ontario) newsletter, July 1, 1942
R-L: Buzz, Dorothy, Inga, Arnsley or Ainsley,
Gamble?, Elva Clarke, Pauline EINARSON Christopherson, Betty Campbell, Betty Arnold Aitken. There are about 7-8 photos from this day/period available.
Backside. Circa June 26, 1945
Roy posed at the Lockport AUG 2013
Roy solves yet another mystery.
Look, she is in far left photo. Glen Dowd´s sister.
From Glen: ''My sister Elva [redacted] was your
mothers good friend, they went to Winnipeg to
take a business
training course together.''
Roy at Lockport
Probably, Pauline and group in above photo 1500 was standing on the otherside
Courtesy of the Roy Christopherson Collection. Photographer: Mike Christopherson
Cousin Mike took Roy up to MB. This portion of the Lock was fenced in.
Added outline of possibly where the photo is shown in No. 1500 above and upper left column
It was not on our agenda to come here. 68 years later Roy might be where his mother stood.
Courtesy of the Roy Christopherson Collection