Marie Meidal Looks Back at World War II Memories

By | June 26, 2013
Marie Meidal

Primrose resident Marie Meidal

Newlyweds Marshall and Marie Meidal

Newlyweds Marshall and Marie Meidal

Duluth, Minnesota Retirement Communities

Marie Meidal has lived at Primrose for the past 7 years and we are so fortunate to have Marie be part of our community.

When Marie was just first starting out as a young lady she took the Federal exam to be a secretary for the United States Government. Soon after she qualified for this position, she was called to work for the war department at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

She had just gotten engaged 3 weeks prior to the job offer, but decided to relocate from Duluth, Minnesota, all the way to the East Coast. Marie traveled by train by herself and found a small apartment in a Brownstone at Arlington Apts.

Marie remembers working for the United States Government when Pearl Harbor was attacked, which happened on a Sunday.

Marie was on her way to work that following Monday when all the traffic stopped as President Roosevelt was rushed through all the onlookers, there was no Secret Service entourage like we have today.

President Roosevelt gave a speech, declaring war against the Japanese that Monday, December 8th, 1941 at the Capitol.

All the staff before the war wore street clothes when they worked, but after war was declared all the military staff wore their uniforms designating their rank.

Marie would also see the First Lady, Mrs. Roosevelt, as she would visit the Senator of Texas who also lived in the Brownstone building where she lived. Marie found this time to be exciting and interesting for her.

Marie’s future husband, Marshall, came to Washington D.C. three months after she moved. He worked for the Capital Transit Company, driving the street cars and buses. Marie and Marshall got married July 3rd, 1941.

They spent a nice weekend in Baltimore during cherry blossom season for their honeymoon. Shortly after marrying, Marie became pregnant and decided to move back to Duluth where they had three wonderful children and a very happy life living in Hunters Park!

by Kim Grogan
Marketing Director

To find out more about historical events at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!


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