7 thoughts on “NW 44th Avenue, 1943

  1. Ms. Locke — an African-American version of “Rosie the Riveter!” From a Google search, it looks like that address is right in the middle of US 30 (near the intersection of NW 44th and NW Yeon) now.

  2. This is a great photo of this era. She appears to be holding a paintbrush and stir sticks ?, in her left hand that’s also holding her lunch container.

  3. From The Oregonian, March 29, 1984:

    “Ninie M. Locke. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Killingsworth Little Chapel of the Chimes for Ninie M. Locke, a North Portland homemaker, who died Wednesday at a care center. She was 77.

    She was born in Natchez, Miss. and came to Portland in 1944. Private interment will be in Riverview Cemetery. Mrs. Locke is survived by several cousins.”

  4. Interesting, these two photos look like they were taken at the same time (with time to change clothes). The long blades of grass are the same in each.
    I wonder what the photos were meant for?

  5. Thanks, Dub, and Vintage Portland for two fascinating photos of one of the invaluable individuals who came to Portland and worked in the shipyards to build the fleet of victory ships that helped us win WWII. Viewing these photos and reading Ms. Locke’s obit makes me curious about her life, her story, and her contributions to our community and nation. That’s what love about Vintage Portland photos. Thanks!

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