Rose Gasper Oral History Interview (2 of 2) Edit

Summary

Identifier
96OH13

Dates

  • 1996-06-07 (Creation)
  • 1930 – 1960 (Event)

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  • 1.00 Items (Whole)

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  • Scope and Contents

    Gasper was born in North Annville Township but grew up in Hershey. Started working in 1930  at age 13 in knock-out.  Describes the hiring practices; job; pace of work; training; pride in her uniform; iron kettles; heaviness of molds; work hours; breaks; safety and sanitation; supervisors.  Saw automation come to factory and the increasing ease of work using machines and their maintenance.  Discusses working conditions in factory;  treatment by co-workers; layoffs. Recalls impact of  World War II on factory operations; Ration bar production; women’s rights; pay rates; tin cans.  Discusses union; Loyalists; AFL-CIO, strikes (1937, 1953); treatment of striking workers; role of women in union activities; seniority; benefits received because of union. Remembers Milton S. Hershey’s plans for four year college at commencement address.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Unrestricted

  • Related Materials

    Collections: 92OH35

  • General

    Oral History Project: Women Factory Workers

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