Interview with Gussie Ornellas

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1984
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Born in 1900, "Gussie" (Lopez) Ornellas, Portuguese, has been a lifelong resident of Kamanaiki Street in Kalihi Valley, Oahu. The youngest girl among a family of nine sons and three daughters, 11 Gussie11 has spent most of her life as a homemaker, taking care of her younger brothers and her own children. As a youth, she attended Sacred Hearts Convent School, played with the neighborhood children, and helped her mother with household chores. At the age of twenty-two, she married Frank Ornellas. She later gave birth to three daughters and two sons . Two daughters, however, lost their lives on December 7, 1941, when shrapnel unexpectedly hit their Kalihi Valley home. Now a grandmother, "Gussie" still participates in community activities and is an active member of Our Lady of the Mount Church.
Interview conducted in English.
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