MINING: Chrome Queen Moroney

Deep in the heart of northern California's majestic Siskiyou Mountains last week a little, freckle-faced, 109-lb. girl was doing a man-sized job for the U.S. war effort. Her name: Dorothea Reddy Moroney. Her business: mining chrome—essential in armor plate, shells and machine tools but now one of the scarcest metals in the U.S.

Dot got into the mining business through the front tunnel. Her father was a doctor who preferred mining to medicine, died leaving $23,000 debts and some dubious mining claims. So Dot went to work, first in a Seattle department store, then in San Francisco, then in Washington...

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