Books [Adam Laboda--Polish Textile Worker #2]: a machine readable transcription.
Name Clair W. Perry
Title Living Lore
Topic Adam Laboda, Polish Textile Worker Paper Two
Our second visit to Adam Laboda, began at the office of the Berkshire Woolen Company in Pittsfield, where he works as an expert spinner.
[We?] invited him to ride with us to his home in a four-tenement block on [Onota?] Street.
“Oh, I have my own car. You follow along and I'll be there,” he said with a grin.
He wore rough working clothes, a fur-lined overcoat over them, his neck was grimed and plastered with black dust from the material which
he had been handling. With his son, who is also employed at the mill, he got into a modern sedan parked in the mill-yard and drove rapidly home
— a distance of less than a half mile.
He met me at the back door of the tenement which he occupies, as the front doors have tight storm-doors over them and are seldom opened
in winter. Removing overshoes he invited me in, through the kitchen, where his wife was serving a meal to members of the family. Four of their
five children are working, the youngest, a girl of 13, attends the nearby grammar school. Two older daughters are employed as textile workers,
also and another son works on the second shift of the same mill where his father is employed.
Escorted into the front room, the radio was turned on by the older son to entertain me while his father washed up. On a stand was a Polish
paper, [Nova Anglica?] published in [Chicopee?], and on the