Manuscripts/Mixed Material [James Dowling--Pittsfield]
“I remember one morning, Marsh Crane, (he owned the Crane Mills, that is, his family did) came into dad's store. I was busy filling out the civil service application form and Marsh looking at me said, ‘What are you doing Jimmy, making out a will?’ ‘No', I answered, “Just making out an application for examination as a counter at the Government Mill”. Let me see that application a minute”, says Marsh. Taking it, he wrote on the bottom: “Applicant has my personal endorsement for position applied for———” and signed it with a flourish. Well, I passed the exam all right, and went to work soon after.
“You know the Cranes, although they're worth millions are the most democratic folks you ever met. Why Marsh and the rest of the Crane boys played with us as if they lived next door. The Senator, that's W. Murray, he gave our church, a Roman Catholic Church, mind, a grand pipe organ. Ah! They are real people.
“Did you like working in-the Government Mill?”
“I certainly did. It's mighty interesting. Take the girls that work there for instance, the four who are under Civil Service. They start in at $1350.00 a year, get thirty days sick leave and thirty days vacation each year. A registered nurse takes care of them when they are sick, and their job is a clean one. They have to count ninety thousand sheets of money paper a day. And for a time they used to do it and check out of work at two in the afternoon. Well the management thought that if the girls could count