Hard at work in Hemet circa 1942
The small family moved
several times in Garé's first years. The reasons
are uncertain, but might have something to do
with father Frederick's job as an architect. It
is certain, however, that the family moved from
Hilo in the island of Hawaii (the biggest island
in the Hawaiian Islands) to the capital city of
Honolulu on the smaller island of Oahu (presumably
in the early 1920s).
Then, in 1933, the family uprooted and moved from
the islands to Long Beach, California, only to
return to Honolulu in 1936, but Garé did not
follow. Due to a scholarship she instead moved to
Boston, Massachusetts, where she attended art
school for the next years. For some unknown
reason she decided to spend some of the winter
1936-37 in New England, though.
When Garé had graduated in June 1941 she
returned to Honolulu to settle with her family.
This was a half year before the Japanese attack
on the American Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor.
In 1942 Garé moved to the hamlet of Hemet,
California, (only 300 inhabitants at the time),
and it was here she met another Hemet resident,
Carl Barks, whom she married 12 years later.