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Personal View of Anita Corley Caskey

Anita Corley I worked for the Weather Bureau from September, 1942, to June, 1947 at the Houston, Texas, Airport Station, after attending training school at Ft. Worth, Texas. I learned that the Weather Bureau needed new employees from an article in the newspaper. Working for the Bureau helped to replace men for combat duty. My previous educational experience included one year at Rice University as a chemistry major. When I began work, I was using my single name - Anita Corley, and later used my married name - Caskey. I left the Weather Bureau in June, 1947, when my husband returned from service, to start a family.

I began at grade SP-4 with the pay at $1620 per annum. Grade and pay increases were as follows: In 1944, SP-5 - $1800 per annum; in 1945, SP-6 - $2000 per annum; in 1946, SP-6 - $2450 per annum.

My first impressions of the Weather Bureau were very good. I was the first woman on station and was received warmly by the other employees. The morale on station was good. The duties included filing observations; drawing maps; balloon runs; and advising pilots. When all the men left except, the Official in Charge, I became his assistant until the men started returning from war.

The shifts were midnight to 8:00 a.m.; 8:00 4:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m. to midnight; and 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We worked eight hours daily, 48 hours a week. I enjoyed the work - enjoyed it all. I felt I was helping the war effort. Would I do it again? Yes. It was a good experience. My major contribution was doing my job as well as possible. The most interesting experience during my career was the 1943 hurricane.

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