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Honoring their patriotism and unwavering dedication to our nation, the court paid a special tribute to three Hidalgo County women who joined the war effort during World War II by becoming Rosie the Riveters.
Rosie the Riveter is an American cultural icon, representing women who worked or volunteered full-time in factories, farms, shipyards, banks and other institutions in support of the military overseas during WW II. More than 16 million women worked as “Rosies,” including women from or currently residing in Hidalgo County, including Angelica Gonzalez Garcia, Illa “Molly” Holtzinger, and Mary Jo Tansel.
These three women were present in court today to be honored for their bravery and significant contribution to the success of our nation during the war and for inspiring generations of women.
Our Hidalgo County Rosies contributed to the war effort by taking jobs left vacant by men leaving to join the armed forces; Ms. Garcia worked on a lathe, making bolts and screws for airplanes in Marfa, Texas; Ms. Holtzinger lost three fingers while using a punch press to build parts for airplanes in Whicita, Kansas; and Ms. Tansel, a war widow, was a librarian, keeping track of inventory at a ship-building company in Houston and later made O-rings for airplanes for Howard Hughes’ company.
The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court hereby honors the Rosie the Riveter women from Hidalgo County for their bravery, unwavering dedication and patriotic commitment to our country.