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Visual display of the Shipyard dinner party, Rutherford's

Shipyard dinner party, Rutherford's

  • April 29, 1943
  • Three men and twelve women, all well-dressed, gather around one end of a long dinner table in a small dining room at Rutherford's Bar & Grill, 214 North Eighth Street, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin after a meal. The men wear small boutonnieres and at least one woman (seated second from right) wears a corsage. The negative for this unpublished photograph is dated April 29, 1943 and bears the caption "Shipyard dinner party, Rutherford." From an article in the April-May 1943 issue of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company newsletter "The Keel Block," we know that the occasion for this photograph was the first year anniversary of the formation of the "Merry Maids," a singing group comprised of eight women employees of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company. Originally known as the "Sub-girls Octet," the "Merry Maids" performed on wartime radio programs sponsored by the company, and at other company and community events. Attending this dinner were "Merry Maids" Gladys Kortens, Ruth Weinert, Ruth Kortens, Doras Fisher, Margeret Voss, Alice Fischer, Ruth Kono, and Ruth Gentgen. Also present were Mr. and Mrs. Milton Detjen, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rottmann, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Dailey, and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Kadow. All are included in this picture except Francis Kadow, who was the photographer.

Publication Details

Kadow, Francis M.
April 29, 1943
Description of Original
1 photograph : black and white ; 9 x 14 cm.
Location of Original
Marathon County Historical Society : 2005.1.138 20. Chorus. Merry Maids.
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