In honor of Father’s Day I thought I would talk about the jobs I remember my Dad having, in order to put food on our table and a roof over our heads. My Mom also had occasional jobs to help with the family funds. But, today we’ll talk about my Dad.
My Dad wasn’t one of those Dads who worked the same job for twenty or thirty years. He kind of changed jobs a lot and did whatever work he could find. That made things at our house, to be truthful, a little less than secure. We never had much money when I was growing up and there were many struggles because of that.
That being said. Let’s talk about some of the jobs my Dad held beginning with the 1940 census. My Dad was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. We moved from there to Florida in 1957. He was married to his first wife, Elaine, at the time of the 1940 census. He married my mother in 1949.
1940 – Statistician at the Michigan State Auditor’s Office
1952 – Truck Driver with Hess Cartage Co. in Detroit, Michigan
During the time we lived in Pompano Beach, Florida, (1957-1965) my Dad held many jobs. These are the ones my brother and I can recall.
Valet at a nightclub
Sanitation truck driver
Gas station attendant
Worked at White Castle hamburgers
We moved to San Diego, California in May 1965. These are the jobs my brother and I remember, although we think there were others.
TV salesman at Montgomery Wards
Technical writer for a company that worked with aircraft contracts
My Dad managed several apartment complexes in San Diego. He did that right up until he moved back to Detroit, in 1987, at the age of 75.
While my Dad might not have had a long career in any one field, he did what he could do to support his family. I miss him and I loved him.
What kind of work did you Dad do? Tell me about it in a comment or on your own blog and leave me the link so I can read it.
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