Think of a Few People Who Made You Feel Special

At the top of the list of a rew people who made me feel special are my new cousins.  I have met them here and there through my Genealogy work.  I have known three of my new cousins now for about 2-3 years.  But they all make me feel special.  They...
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How "Candy Man" got his name

How "Candy Man" got his name
  I was walking through Cabelas the other day and passed these wintergreen mints. It immediately triggered a memory of my Grampa Grant, who had a stash of these always on hand in a little dish by his lounge chair. We even referred to him as Candy Man! Grampa was always...
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Donald Stuart Grant's exemplary work ethic

Donald Stuart Grant's exemplary work ethic
  It was April 1954 and Don had just arrived home from a 3-year stint in Europe as an Army PFC. He had been lucky--of the 1000 men in his group, 800 went to Korea and he spent the entire 2 years in Salzburg as acting sergeant in charge of the...
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FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME - DURING DINNERTIME

Some of my earliest memories, throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, are of sitting around the dinner table with my mom, dad, and sister. Dinner was at 5 o’clock prompt. Mom cooked every night. It was just something we did. Didn’t everyone? When I began working in NYC and not getting off...
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OH (darn). Engine Failure in the Dark

  Oh @%+*&!  (Darn!!) Engine Failure in the Dark Once, in 1984… just north of a little place called Badger Gap… near Yakima, Washington, I had an engine failure.  At night.  I got real scared.  It is embarrassing to tell you just how scared a man can be and still maintain...
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Reflections of 2012

Now that 2012 is becoming a distant memory I will undoubtedly forget much of what happened as time rolls on. So, I thought I'd write some random thoughts while they are fresh on my mind.  The biggest elephant in the room for me has been the all-consuming challenge of building the...
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Frank Blue McLatchy in 1940

In the 1940 United States Federal Census,almost one year before the birth of Michael J. McLatchy, the residence and family makeup of the Frank B. McLatchy family is enumerated. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-27865-19788-73?cc=2000219&wc=MMYW-GRZ:1257067259 Frank was working in solicitation at KSL Radio station at this time.  This would have put him on the streets of...
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My 21st birthday celebration

My 21st birthday celebration
Judith was asked by her parents to return to Brisbane from Canberra just before her 21st birthday.  She celebrated her 21st birthday with family and friends.  Her mother arranged the catering and made the birthday cake.  On her return to Brisbane, Judith worked in the Department of Air and flatted in...
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My Happiest Job: Nurses Aide at the Kate Cocks Babies Home

My Happiest Job: Nurses Aide at the Kate Cocks Babies Home
Alice talks again about her time at the Kate Cocks Babies Home and her abiding respect for Kate Cocks herself - a pioneer, friend and saviour to many unmarried and single mothers in the 1940's and 1950's in Adelaide. Alice reads from an article she wrote back in 1998. In the...
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Working, living at home and paying board

Joyce tells us about her years as a teenager working in her first job, living at home and contributing to the development of the new family home at Rostrevor South Australia  
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My first professional job and living away from home

Judith tells us about working in Brisbane with her first professional job in the Department of Air.  She flatted with her brother and his friends and they had many an adventure travelling to and from Nambour along the Bruce Highway in her brother's Triumph Herald.  She also shares a story about...
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My First Pay

My First Pay
Alice remembers her first pay and her first job and her first pay packet.
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Working in Dept of Air and flatting in Brisbane

Judith joined the Department of Air in Queensland in 1966 and soon after joined the Federated Clerks' Union.  She shared a flat at Wiindsor initially with her brother and two of his friends, and after they left she then shared with 2 hairdressing apprentices, one of who remains a close friend...
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How I Got My First Job

How I Got My First Job
Joyce talks about her first job and how she secured it...
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My First Job

My First Job
Alice Domagalski recalls her first job.
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My first weekly pay and my best suit

Margaret talks about being paid 5 shillings per week when she worked for her father in the early 1940's.  When she joined the WRENS in 1943 she was paid 16 shillings per week and her 1st uniform was provided.  Her parents gave her a 'best' suit for Xmas and she describes...
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Career advice and my first years of working

Career advice and my first years of working
Judith had her heart set on being a Lawyer only to discover in her last year of schooling that she had studied the wrong subjects.  She did a range of jobs in the gap between school and university including live-in nannying roles and waitressing.  She then trained as a Kindergarten Teacher in...
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The role of the union in my career as a Toy Librarian and Kindergarten Teacher

The role of the union in my career as a Toy Librarian and Kindergarten Teacher
Jill first joined a Union in 1977 when she became a Toy Librarian.  The Union was the SA Institute of Teachers. As the role of Toy Librarian was a new one, Jill became involved in establishing a workplace Award for Toy Librarians. She later was able to study to become a...
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A Life Changing Experience

A Life Changing Experience
Alice talks about her time at the Kate Cocks Babies Home in Adelaide where she worked as a Nurses aid. For Alice this was a major life experience.
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My first job in the late 1960's

Ruth tells us about her first job with the Olumpic Tyre and Rubbger Co. at the top of Anzac Highway in Adelaide. She travelled to work by bus which was 3/4 hour journey. She was hired as a mail clerk and was required to sort mail into pigeon holes, frank the...
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