View of Evelyn Bough Baird
I worked for the
Weather Bureau in 1943 until April 1944 - employed at Gore Field,
Great Falls, Montana. I was a high school graduate and had been a
bookkeeper and secretary for a Ford dealer and Farmers Union Oil in
Havre, Montana. My training at the Weather Bureau was "on the job"
- all employees and supervisors were very helpful and congenial.
I released the weather balloons with candles attached
and charted the route of the balloon. Also released the radiosonde
balloon. I usually worked "swing" and "midnight shifts for eight hours
- 40 hours a week. Morale was very good.
I met my husband at work. He was in the military
assigned to the Flight Service Center which was housed in the rooms
next to the Weather Bureau. We were married on February 3, 1944. I
left the Bureau on April 14, 1944 as I was pregnant and wasn't feeling
very well in the mornings! There were four or five women and three
or four men that I remember working at the Weather Bureau at Gore
Field at that time.
I enjoyed the work and the adventure of leaving my
home town during the war.