Polk County


Virginia Chandler



Checking Up On the Weather is the work of this group at the naval station. Red-haired Virginia Chandler of Des Moines holds a pilot balloon whose flight will be studied by Helen Martin of Boston and T.E. Adams of Kansas City, Mo., chief aerographers mate. Through the theodolite on the tripod they follow the balloon's flight and determine wind velocity and direction at various altitudes. The information then is passed on to pilots, and flights are scheduled accordingly.

Source: The Des Moines Register, June 11, 1944 (group of 3 photograph)

Trying to get together on words and music is a group of Iowa WAVES gathered in "date" lounge of barracks at Ottumwa naval air station. Dorothy Faye Hinze, Hamburg is at piano. The others are (left to right) Pauline Dryden, Waterloo; Geraldine Kassler, Marion; Phoebe Ann McMillin, Sumner, barracks counselor; Harriet Neal, Greene; Bernice Geronzin, Clinton; Dorothy Appel, Mount Pleasant; Laura Stover, Des Moines; Virginia Chandler, Des Moines; Delores Busse, Britt, and Marjorie Durrell, Leon.

Source: The Des Moines Register, October 15, 1944 (photo included)