James Bibber Oral History Interview (2 of 2) Edit




  • 2000-07-05 (Creation)
  • 1932 – 2000 (Event)


  • 1.00 Items (Whole)
  • 01:27:00 Length_hours (Whole)

Agent Links



  • Scope and Contents

    Bibber discusses economic struggle and quitting school in 11th grade to work in 1934 to help support the family.  He worked briefly for the Civilian Conservation Corps.  In 1934, at 17 years, started  work at shipyard and  joined Boston area union.  Worked on repair and conversion of ships. Concern for co-workers and their health led him to join CIO union.  Describes  work and  safety.  Enlisted in the Army in 1942.  Relates his experience during World War II as a radioman.  His wife worked at the factory making D-ration bars.  Bibber worked briefly in Boston area shipyard after Army discharge before moving to Palmyra, due to marriage. In 1946 began work in Hershey plant at the lower end.  Describes involvement as steward; attitude and treatment of union members; grievance procedure; supervisors; foremen.  Discusses 1953 strike.

  • Conditions Governing Access


  • Related Materials

    Collections: 2000OH01 (Union Story Circle); 2000OH03

  • General

    Oral History Project: Raising Our Sites