"I got a job at Wellworth's Pickle Factory."
- "I got a job at Wellworth's Pickle Factory."
- Contributor Names
- Jones, Leonard (Narrator)
- Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
- Created Published
- August 19, 1994
- Subject Headings
- - African Americans
- - Food industry
- - Industrial facilities
- - Work processes
- - Sound recordings
- - Interviews
- - Oral history
- - Ethnography
- - Interviews
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - Interview with Leonard Jones, urban gardener, hardware store worker, motorcycle club member.
- - Summary of audio segment: In the summer I worked until I left school at 18, Then got a job at Wellworth's Pickles located behind the gas houses on Riverside where they dispensed gas. I worked there for two years, I left there and went to the wire mill. Heard about the pickle factory from brother. In the winter time they closed down, in the summer they would hire people. I was a loader; mostly girls packed them. Then I worked the brining machine. That required timing; you had to be able to grab a jar at the right time and put it under the briner. It would come out of a hopper and you had to put the jar under it; had to have coordination; spilled a lot at first; but it was fun after a while, I tried to beat the machine. I was good; after a while I could do it and stop and look at it. When you got speed, you could slow down; once you get used it it and know how it operates you have the control over it. I could do it with my eyes closed. After a while you don't smell the pickles anymore, but you got out and no matter what you do or how much you wash you still smell like a pickle; that's why I left the job after the second year. I'd leave work on a Friday and on Sunday I'd still smell like a pickle so I said "I can't have this" -- I was losing out on my dates. So I gave it up and went into another trade. I started working at the wire mill.
- Digital Audio Tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A017
- Source Collection
- Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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