Photograph of Liberty Shipyard Commissary during World War I. Marion Reaves is the young boy at the counter in the white shirt and tie. He worked from 11:30 through 12:30 for dinner, earning 50 cents a day.
Marion W. Reaves (1904-1970) was the father of Wilmington, NC historian Bill Reaves. He was the son of Richard Martin Van Buren Reaves, one of the last surviving Confederate Veterans of Wilmington. After working in the shipyards as a boy, he worked as a structural ironworker in the north as well as managing rental properties. He is buried in Bellevue Cemetery.
Shipyards; World War I; Local history
Cape Fearians Vertical Files, "Shipyard WWI"
Donated to the New Hanover County Public Library by Bill Reaves in 1999
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