Thursday, June 18, 2015
5 & 10
In 1943, after graduating high school, Mom worked at G.C.Murphys in Piedmont, WV. She was paid $11 a week to work 9-5, Monday thru Friday, then 9-9 on Saturday. Mom worked the candy counter, but since it was war time, the only candy available was hard tack. They had boxed cakes in a display case. On Friday, there was a delivery of chewing gum-5 cases with 144 packs per case. On Saturday, Mom had 2 helpers as everyone wanted chewing gum at 5 cents per pack. Most of the time the gum was "Black Jack". Mom was allowed to give the crumbs from the cakes to the kids who lived out back of the store. Her favorite little boy was Paul, who was about 7 or 8. After this job, Mom went to Akron to build airplanes.