Books [Italian Munitions Worker]
December 6, 1938
INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES FUSCO, 86 Cherry Ann St., Hamden
I was born in the old country — Italy — 41 years ago and came over here when I was 3 months old. Things have certainly changed a lot in forty years.
I started to work when I was 13 years old with a shoemaker for 50 cents a week and left him for a job in a saloon for a dollar a week. When I started to go in the shops on machines in [Greist?] Manufacturing Company. Let me tell you I had to learn. I had to leave school in the fourth grade. I guess you know how the old people was them days. If you was 12 or 13 years old you was able to work. But I learn to be a machinist working on die-heads, and assembling different parts of machines, reading blueprints too. Then I went to work making guns before they was over the other side. Then they started the war and I started to work on the Russian machine gun. This was in Marlin-Rockwell. Then America went in and we started to make the Brownie (Browning) machine gun. Oh Boy! when I used to go down stairs where they tested the gun I used to see before my eyes all those men dying and believe me I was glad I was not over there. Yeah. I was in the No 1 and 2 class.