Audio Recording "When I first went to Watson, I went into the foundry side."

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"When I first went to Watson, I went into the foundry side."
Contributor Names
Reed, Willie (Narrator)
McCarl, Robert (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Watson Machine International
-  Machinery industry
-  Foundry workers
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Summary of audio segment: Willie talks about his early years at Watson. "When I first went to Watson, I was working the foundry side. I was driving a truck. And the man saw that I could handle, you know, like mechanics and repair and all that, I used to do a lot of that, too. And like when someone wasn't there for work I used to fill in their place and like that. I used to do a lot of work for this company, you know. It was hard and dirty work, you know, very few people cared about doing it. Anyway, I always drove the truck when I was over in the foundry part. But there wasn't too much truck driving to get done. They used to go out two times a day. And we had a bigger truck then. I mean, two times a week. We had a bigger truck. But I used to work around the shop here. Repairing the equipment and stuff like that. That's why he found out I was real good in maintenance. But we had . . . it was a lot different back then. We had a big tool room. Have somebody in the tool room all the time, have somebody in cleaning . . . there was people in the whole factory then. They had a big gear cutting machine, anything that had to be made they could do it right there. It was a whole lot different then. In terms of, you know, a working environment. Everybody was so pleasant back then.
-  Interview with Willie Reed at the Working in Paterson office. Willie is a painter and combination man in the Watson Machine Company works.
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-RM-A007
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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Chicago citation style:

Reed, Willie, and Robert McCarl. "When I first went to Watson, I went into the foundry side.". -08-10, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Reed, W. & McCarl, R. (1994) "When I first went to Watson, I went into the foundry side.". -08-10. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Reed, Willie, and Robert McCarl. "When I first went to Watson, I went into the foundry side.". -08-10, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.