Father John's Medicine Company was in a huge building, with very few employees. The office where I worked as a secretary had two much older, single women, the president, vice-president and secretary/ treasurer (father and two sons). Every day for all those years, the job was pretty much the same. It was like working in a museum, my 1943 manual typewriter was my pride and joy. I used carbon paper and learned to type perfectly very quickly. Each day, after lunch, my boss, the vp, dictated letters to me, which I really enjoyed (I took shorthand in school). Before I forget, this medicine company was established in 1855 and since the cough medicine was made in the building, I could smell the ingredients, such as cod liver oil, all the time. You got used to it.
It was the kind of job where there was a lot of flexibility and tons of fun. I met and dated two guys who worked there, one I am now married to. Yes, it was fun. It was also the kind of job which was impossible to leave. My regular hours were 8:30 to 4:30 with an hour for lunch. In the summer it was 9-4, hour for lunch. Same pay, so I could never leave in the summer, since I was only working 30 hours a week. Every Christmas, we received a week's pay as a bonus and received time off for Christmas shopping. Every July we received a special bonus, depending on sales, it was usually three week's pay. I was stuck there, the benefits were too good. My friends were talking about Word Processing, with IBM located in a nearby city, and I was using that 1943 typewriter. However, I finally left and went to work in the Purchasing Department of a hospital, called St. John's Hospital. So I went from a Father to a Saint.
The people on the left were on the second floor, doing assembly line work. They began their lives there and ended them there as wwell. And I remember them well, this piece is for them.
Employees shown: Margaret Jones, Anna Maloney, Ray Wylie, Lila Shannon. Missing are Frank Shannon, Theodore "Ted" Villandry, Lucien "Sonny" Villandry, Agnes Mellen, Winnie McKuen? and Tommy Fox. In the office were Helen Mary McNamara and Annette Tartre and myself, plus the Donehue brothers, Gerald and George. Chemist, Thomas Casey, and several men in shipping, Joe Carty being one. After 50 years, I still remember all the names.