Harry Francel, welder, Golden Gate Bridge construction
Harry Francel’s first job on the Golden Gate Bridge was to weld the beacon light base plate on the San Francisco tower. Following that one-day solo job, he then worked welding deck rebar.
Deck work during construction of the Golden Gate Bridge
Deck work, Golden Gate Bridge construction
Golden Gate Bridge
Harry Francel, left, and welding crew, Bay Bridge construction
Welders, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction
Harry served as a Bay Bridge derrick operator starting in August 1933, working on foundations on the east side of Goat (aka Yerba Buena) Island. He then worked on welding deck rebar on the suspension bridge.
Harry, left, and Bay Bridge welders
Bay Bridge welders
Harry Francel, Arizona 1930, with 1927 Studebaker Dictator
Coming to California: Donner Lake, August 1933, in a 1928 LaSalle convertible he had recently purchased for $245.
Olive, dog and Harry
Harry and his brother, with a 1918 Standard truck.
Harry built a little camper for his 1960 Chevy.
Mrs. Ruby Stroube, a 40-year old mother of three, wins Pacific Bridge Company Shipyard's "Girls' Welders Contest." July 14, 1943.
A page from "The Bridge," a Pacific Bridge Company Shipyard newsletter, 1944
The first page from Harry's work history record. In 1915 Detroit, he was a Punk.
The second page from Harry's work history. In 1919, he was a Waterfront bum.
The 1930s: "No work to be had. Banks broke! Me too!" However, major bridge and dam work was soon to follow.
Lots of welding, and teaching others to do so.
Welders on High St. Bridge, Oakland, 1939
Harry Francel's welder on High St. Bridge, Oakland, 1939
High St. Bridge, Oakland, 1939
Harry Francel, Eel River, U.S. 101, Humboldt County, 1940.
Harry Francel bridge work, 1956. This may be the Dumbarton rail bridge.