Tell us about a job you remember.
Speaker 2: What was your job at the Monterey Mills? What did you do there?
Speaker 1: Shoe factory.
Speaker 2: You actually made shoes?
Speaker 1: I cut the patterns.
Speaker 2: You cut the patterns?
Speaker 1: Mm-hmm.
Speaker 2: Did you like that job? Did you like that work?
Speaker 1: Yes. It was all we could find.
Speaker 2: Did they ... Were they good wages? Were there ...
Speaker 1: At that time, I made 35 cents hourly.
Speaker 2: Wow. You supported a family on that?
Speaker 1: It was all I had.
Speaker 2: That's amazing.
Speaker 1: It was after World War II.
Speaker 2: How long did you work there?
Speaker 1: 12 years. I just didn't leave.
Speaker 2: Mm-hmm.
Speaker 1: I didn't quit. I just didn't go back. They were explaining how they ... I wouldn't get any benefits or anything like that.
Speaker 2: They weren't going to give you that gold watch. Pocket watch when you retired . . .
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