Black Hawk County

Dorothy J. Taffner


WATERLOO WOMEN WERE DONNING THEIR COUNTRY'S UNIFORM during 1942, and by the end of the year the city was well represented in both the women's auxiliary corps and the Waves, the Navy adjunct. Typical of such recruits were Mrs. Helen Misner, former theater cashier whose husband is in the coast guard reserve at St. Paul, Minn., and Miss Dorothy Taffner, 321 River Forest road. Mrs. Misner is now in officers training class at the WAAC Fort Des Moines base, having been chosen from the ranks. She is the daughter of Mrs. Regina Roberts, 512 1/2 East Fourth street. Miss Taffner, former cashier at Walker's shoe store, has been assigned to the WAVES storekeeper school at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.

Source: The Courier, Waterloo, IA - December 27, 1942 (photo included)

Dorothy J. Taffner, 23, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Taffner, 321 River Forest road, a member of the WAVES, has been selected to be a storekeeper and has started 16 weeks’ training at Indiana University, Bloomington. She recently was graduated from the WAVES indoctrination course at Cedar Falls.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, April 14, 1943

Two Waterloo women were included in the class of Waves which was graduated recently from the naval training school for storekeepers at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. They are Dorothy J. Taffner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph M. Taffner, 321 River Forest road, and Helen M. Kiefner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kiefer, 1012 West Second street. They will now be assigned to duty at one of the navy or coast guard shore stations. They are eligible to receive their rating of storekeeper third class. Both girls expect to be home on furlough shortly.

Source: The Courier, Waterloo, IA - July 25, 1943

Wave is Wed

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph M. Taffner 321 River Forest road, announce the marriage of their daughter Dorothy J. Taffner, storekeeper disburser third class in the Waves, to Gordon B. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Smith, 521 Pine street. Rev Daniel Helikson officiated at the ceremony in the Methodist church in Evanston, Ill., at 8 o'clock in the evening on Saturday.

Aline Meter, storekeeper disburser third class of San Francisco, Cal., and Robert Cooning, aerographer's mate first class, of San Francisco, Cal., attended the couple.

The bride is a graduate of Dickinson Secretarial school and was employed at Walker's Shoe store before entering the service Nov. 5, 1942. At the present time she is stationed at the United States naval air station in Glenview, Ill.

The groom is employed in the offices of the Missouri, Kansas City and Texas Railroad Co., in Chicago.

Source: The Courier, Waterloo, IA - July 2, 1944 (photo included)