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Old 10-24-2021, 10:12 AM   #71
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I remember working at age 11-12 at a farm in Wisconsin that grew cherries and apples. We would prepare and can them for bakeries. My job was to load the 15# and 30# cans on the chute that went down to the canning line. I also filled the sugar chute with 50# bags of sugar. Made $1.25 an hour in the early 60's. Also ran over cherry trees with a large sprayer while towing it with a tractor. Grandpa and dad were not happy.
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In the summer in Missouri as a pre-teen I drove the hay truck, sat on the edge of the seat to reach the pedals, (4-speed with a 2 speed differential) and helped unload at the barn for a penny a bail. Paid for my dirt bike doing that and my paper route.
High school age I bucked many a bail during the summer. It paid 3 cents a bail. On a very good day we’d haul 1000 bails . Mom would sew patches on top of the right thigh because they would wear through.
Winter job evenings after school was putting raccoon hides on stretchers at the “fur house”. It paid like $3.00 an hour. That place stunk but you got used to it.
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I'm trying real hard to remember.....but did we even have checks in those days?


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@mshappycampers Re: Service stations ‘50s and ‘60s

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I remember serving an apprenticeship at Beloit Iron Works back in 1962.
Got paid $1.00/hour which came out to $37.50 a week after taxes.
And I lived good!!! Paid rent, bought all my meals and gas. Even drove my car 160 miles home and back every other weekend so I could see my girl and go to the 18 year old beer bars.
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Aaaahhh, the good old days. We lived in a small town while Dad was in WWII. We had electricity and running water, but no indoor plumbing, (if you know what I mean).
Dad came home in 46 and decided to be a farmer, (He grew up on a wheat ranch in North Dakota), anyway he moved us way out in the country to a farm rented from Mom's older brother. No electricity or running water.
We had cows, pigs, horses and sheep. Oh and one really nasty billy goat.
Every morning I had one cow to milk by hand and my little brother had to turn the cream separator. He hated that and cried the whole time. Dad milked the rest of the cows.
We walked two miles to a country school. Yes, in the snow, but not barefoot, (at least not in the Winter), and yes there was a creek that meant we walked downhill and then up hill every time.
We had no heat in the bedrooms, but lots of heavy quilts. We had one radio that ran on a car battery. God help the child that listened to music and ran the battery down so Dad couldn't hear the markets at noon.
Know what? It was a wonderful time in my life. Life was simple. We ate well, had family reunions, no stress, a good life.

Would I want to go back? Maybe, can I keep the indoor plumbing though?

PS, I have the old kerosene lamps that lit our home sitting on my mantle.
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Aaaahhh, the good old days. We lived in a small town while Dad was in WWII. We had electricity and running water, but no indoor plumbing, (if you know what I mean).
Dad came home in 46 and decided to be a farmer, (He grew up on a wheat ranch in North Dakota), anyway he moved us way out in the country to a farm rented from Mom's older brother. No electricity or running water.
We had cows, pigs, horses and sheep. Oh and one really nasty billy goat.
Every morning I had one cow to milk by hand and my little brother had to turn the cream separator. He hated that and cried the whole time. Dad milked the rest of the cows.
We walked two miles to a country school. Yes, in the snow, but not barefoot, (at least not in the Winter), and yes there was a creek that meant we walked downhill and then up hill every time.
We had no heat in the bedrooms, but lots of heavy quilts. We had one radio that ran on a car battery. God help the child that listened to music and ran the battery down so Dad couldn't hear the markets at noon.
Know what? It was a wonderful time in my life. Life was simple. We ate well, had family reunions, no stress, a good life.

Would I want to go back? Maybe, can I keep the indoor plumbing though?

PS, I have the old kerosene lamps that lit our home sitting on my mantle.
I seem to remember large kerosene lamps called "Alladin lamps", or something like that.
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Of course, today most cars check their own oil status and tire pressure - grin
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I remember when I first started to work in a gas station in 1964 or so. I found out some people are just cheats no matter what decade you are in. The gas station owner was explaining how to 'short stick' the customers by pulling the oil dip stick out, wiping it off, and inserting it part of the way in, leaving about 1 inch. Pull it out and show the customer they were low on oil. He kept a empty oil can with spout close by so he could pretend to pour oil in, and charge them.

I quit the next day and got a job at McDonalds.
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Of course, today most cars check their own oil status and tire pressure - grin
But it sure is hard to get them to add oil or air!
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I pumped full service gas until 1994,checked oil ,tires and did the windows, we had 1 row of full service pumps and a row of self service.
Still used the cardboard oil cans too,owner was cheap and they were cheaper.
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I remember when I first started to work in a gas station in 1964 or so. I found out some people are just cheats no matter what decade you are in. The gas station owner was explaining how to 'short stick' the customers by pulling the oil dip stick out, wiping it off, and inserting it part of the way in, leaving about 1 inch. Pull it out and show the customer they were low on oil. He kept a empty oil can with spout close by so he could pretend to pour oil in, and charge them.

I quit the next day and got a job at McDonalds.
Yep, that was the oldest trick in the books! My Dad warned me about it at a very early age and told me to always tell the attendants to, "Keep your hands off the damn hood, I'll check it myself"! Hey, you could say that in the 50's and not get into a fight!
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I had 2 uncles that owned a gas station just right off the Plaza in Santa Fe, 2 other uncles were shoe repairmen, since my cousin and I were to short to clean windows and check oil and stuff we too were the right size for checking the air and I remember those uncles always saying if it needs air let out air until it is cool then fill it to 32 pounds. While one of us checked air our shoe repairmen uncles set us up with shoe shine boxes so while one of our uncles tended to the fueling, car checks, and window cleaning since most gas tanks were in the rear of the car the doors cleared the pumps to allow the driver to open his door and turn in his seat so we could shine their boots...worked out pretty good because we usually got a tip...
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I can go on for pages but something that i revisit in my mind was the simple.. the respect, the family..

From the mid 60's visiting my uncles farm. my mom and dad family was not far spaced maybe 8 miles circle with a couple folks an hour away.. Every weekend we would visit on my moms side or my dads and some times a co mingle at my moms brothers Farm.. he was old school, hardlife farmer , that was jack of all trades and moonlites as a bodyman for local GM dealer doing taxis and police cars on weekeds,,
my uncles helped each other with fixing each others homes and cars.. We all went to the farm to help out and then have a gathering,party food, my one uncle had a small band,, kids would play, corn, chickens, burgers.. horse rides, the pond... kids and the guys used the outhouse, ladys could go in house LOL...

Miss that stuff....
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