Joan Watchmaker.

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Joan Watchmaker. - (Freeman Staff Photo) Mrs. John Marx, a...
(Freeman Staff Photo) Mrs. John Marx, a licensed watchmaker, works at her trade. Wife and Mother Enters Mans Watchmaking Field By KATHLEEN DOZIER Freeman Staff TlfRS. JOHN Marx, of “ 230 Wilson St., a young wife and mother of two children, has invaded the man’s field of watch­ making. She is the first Wisconsin woman to pass the state board examination examination for watchmakers. Her family’s sixty-one years of watchmaking and helping her father, Hubert Krumrich, a Waukesha jeweler, were reasons for her logical choice of skills. Her grandfather, Joseph Krumrich of Oshkosh, was a watchmaker, and her uncle, Gaylord Krumrich, now operates his father’s business in Oshkosh. "When my son, Kelly, now 11, and Kay, 9, were old enough, I began to think seriously of learning the watchmaking trade,” Mrs. Marx recalled. “Then, in 1964, I was hooked; I went to the Milwaukee Vocational Technical Technical College to register." Registration was not a simple matter; there was no place for a woman watchmaker watchmaker student. Mrs. Marx was shuffled from the dean of women to the dean of men and back again, until finally she was admitted into a classroom of men. "At first, j| they made me feel unwanted and out of place, but the men accepted me when they realized I wasn’t there just to prove a point," she told of their attitude toward invasion of their realms. She was the teacher’s only woman student in his 31 years at the school. After two years o f classwork, Mrs. Marx took three years to do the required 2.000 hours of apprenticeship before taking the state board examination. Normally, she said, the apprenticeship can be done in a year, but with children at home she worked only during the morning hours. Watchmaking can b e lucrative, according to Mrs. Marx, who believes that more women should enter the trade. "They can do job work at home just as many of the men do," she pointed out. "Too, women’s hands are smaller and they shou d be very adept at precision work." Large clocks, including her own grandfather’s clock, were projects first tackled by Mrs. Marx who now prefers to work on the tiny watches worn by women. If she tires of watch repair, Mrs. Marx switches to her hobbies of home decorating and furniture refinishing. “I always have a project going," she said, pointing to a newly completed one — a newly decorated dining room. Besides working part time and keeping up with the children's activities, Mrs. Marx belongs to a bowling league, plays bridge and is a member of the Jaycettes. Primarily, the watchmaking field was chosen by Mrs. Marx to help pay the costs of her children’s higher education. education. Printed Pattern FABULOUS LUNCHEONS SERVED DAILY 11:30 to 3 Fashion Show Every Tburs. Noon to 2 p.m. featuring International Collections from tenney's at Brookfield with Rosemary Bischoff models Entertainment and Dancing Pleasure For Your you'll enjoy an evening with "The Kayes" L—16—18 L%i Knit this elegant A-line dress of 3-ply fingering yam for important occasions. Vibrant vertical! Leaves “grow” upward creating slender flattery with border intrigue. Mainly stockinette. Pattern 7296: sizes 10-16 incl. Send 50 cents in coin for each pattern, plus 15 cents 2 to

Clipped from Waukesha Daily Freeman02 Dec 1969, TuePage 4

Waukesha Daily Freeman (Waukesha, Wisconsin)02 Dec 1969, TuePage 4
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