Trainee Maxine Flower serves breakfast to, from left, Fred Rogers of Eureka City Schools, Lee Grushkin and James Gregori. (Times-Standard file photo)
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Nineteen women and one man participated in a five-week “Waitress Training Class” in Eureka in August and September of 1965. The course was co-sponsored by the local Department of Employment and the Eureka Adult Education Department.

The trainees went through three weeks of classroom study, followed by two weeks of hands-on training in local restaurants, after which they received certificates of graduation, according to the Sept. 9, 1965, edition of the Humboldt Times newspaper. Many went on to work in local eating establishments.

Jerry Schroeder was the principal of Eureka Adult Education in 1965. The training instructors were Rosemary Kirkemo, Francis Booker and Edie Young.

The graduating waitresses included Virginia Billings, Maxine Flower, Mavis Robertson, Billie Dobson, Nancy Wallis, Shirley Smith, Wanda Hays, Mary La France, Mary Scott, Audrey Hensley, Mary Lou Sizemore, Janis Miller, Donna Ingram, Loretta Bishop, Georgia Smith, Eva Campbell, Irma Flanders, Sharon Ledbetter and Corene Thomas. The graduating waiter was Art Kawachika.

Some of the popular restaurants in Humboldt County 54 years ago included the Colonial Inn in Trinidad, Big 4 Inn on U.S. Highway 101 north of Arcata and Lazio’s at the foot of C Street in Eureka.

Heather Shelton can be reached at 707-441-0516.

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