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Margaret Hoffarth was born in Colorado and moved west with her parents, traveling to Idaho in a wagon train. She was a forty-three year-old widow with three sons when she came to work in the Hanford Mess Hall in 1943. She recalls work and social life at Hanford, and the sudden emptiness of the site after the war. One of Hoffarth's sons was killed in action during World War II.

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