Audio Recording School years and coming to work at Watson

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School years and coming to work at Watson
Contributor Names
Decker, Jean (Narrator)
McCarl, Robert (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Vocational education
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Schools
-  Watson Machine International
-  Machinery industry
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Jean Decker at Watson Machine International.
-  Summary of audio segment: School years she went to School #16 and now it is in her back yard. She went to School #15 and then to East Side High School. Also went to Pace Institute. She worked for a dye house -- National Dye and Finishing. But the business was going down, they were moving down south. They moved their office to Fairlawn and it was hard to travel. "So my girlfriend worked here (at Watson). And at that time you couldn't work after you were married. Mr. Van Hook didn't want any married women because, 'they'd have fights with their husband and then they would be crabby all day.' She was going to get married and I said, 'Gee, maybe I could get a job down there.' So she said to Mr. Gablehausen, 'look, Mr.Van Hook is bringing a friend of his here. And then it was about a year later he called me up and said, 'Look, are you still interested in coming?' And so I came down for an interview.
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-RM-A006
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Decker, Jean, and Robert McCarl. School years and coming to work at Watson. -08-10, 1994. Audio.

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Decker, J. & McCarl, R. (1994) School years and coming to work at Watson. -08-10. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Decker, Jean, and Robert McCarl. School years and coming to work at Watson. -08-10, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.