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16 Catoosa Life Magazine / JUNE / JULY 2016 054000209926 the road. They traveled to Mount Holly, N.C., to Mansfield, Ohio, to Atlanta, to Memphis. The Memphis Flashes were state champions in 1941 and had been city champs for five straight seasons, begin- ning in 1938, but victory was not theirs forever. The Woolenettes went on to become the Industrial League's state champions of 1943. Lancaster and at least one of her teammates would go on to serve togeth- er in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). Henry Louise Trundle — one of the pitchers and a sister-in-law to recently killed in action Pvt. Raymond W. Mullins — would enlist at the Third WAC Training Center in Fort Oglethorpe along with Lancaster and Elsie Elizabeth Hartman. The women underwent basic training there for six weeks. Lancaster was later assigned to Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, Fla., where she was a driver for the airdrome at the field. While the 6th Cavalry Museum is brimming with sports history — polo, softball, basketball and more — some of the details of stories such as Lancaster's have been lost to time. Frances Patterson, who lived for many years on Barnhardt Circle, doesn't remember a girl named Johnnie Cain or Johnnie Lancaster, but she remembers playing as a 16- year-old for the Woolenettes while working at the Peerless Woolen Mills day care center after school from about 1943 to 1945. "We had a blast," she said. "It brings back a lot of memories." There was her first airplane ride in a "little cub plane" to one of the games. There was her first cruise. She remembers hav- ing to stand for an entire train ride because seats went first to military members, and the cars were often crowded. The mill paid all the team's expenses — food, lodging, uniforms. Each player had to work at the mill, even if only part time. Patterson worked there two hours after school and full time during the

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