Written by Delores I. Silva Fromang. One in a collection by Allen Bachoroski, Local Historical Writer and author of “Tales Along the Highway of Legends”
After high school in Trinidad, I went to San Diego to look for work. I lived there during World War II and returned home to Trinidad after the war was over. I had come to San Diego with my mom only since my dad had passed away as well as one sister and two brothers. They got a job in the defense plants. I had other sisters and brothers living here also for we were a family of 12 children. I am the youngest and there are only five of us still living as of this writing in 1999. I worked at the Better Business Bureau for a month and went into Civil Service at the San Diego Marine Base. I worked in bookkeeping for three years.
After the war, I met and married my husband Gilbert L. Fromang in 1951. We were blessed with one daughter, three sons and five grandchildren. When I met my husband, he was an apprentice plasterer and as it was during the Korean Conflict, he joined the Air Force for four years. After his discharge as Staff Sergeant he returned to his trade to finish his apprenticeship. He then worked as a foreman for a contractor and was fortunate to acquire a tract of homes to plaster so we went into business for ourselves. I did the office work and with four children ages 4 to 9 it was difficult, but we prevailed. Our three sons served their apprenticeship under their father and are licensed contractors. We incorporated in 1969 as G.L. Formang Plastering, Inc. My husband was president, I served as secretary/treasurer. We dissolved the Corporation in 1998 and my husband passed away in 1993 of Colon Cancer.
Before his death, my husband owned a 24 foot Skipjack the “Sheryl-Dee” which was named for our daughter and myself. He went Marlin fishing off the San Diego Coast and Deer hunting in Colorado. He caught a World Class Fish that made the record book in 1982 and belonged to the San Diego Marlin Club. We had a memorable marriage for almost 43 years.
While in business we were able to sponsor our children’s various activities in sports as well as my own bowling team. I belonged to the American Business Women’s Association and served as President and also was named “Woman of the Year” for my Chapter in 1976. I attended most of the National Conventions each year and traveled to many countries with the business women’s tour group.
It was with great satisfaction that my family read about my grandfather who was Sheriff of Trinidad in 1890 (see Kreeger story). I stay quite busy managing my industrial property and enjoying my family and grandchildren.
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