Sunday, June 21, 2015

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY - What work did your Dad do to support your family?

Dad at 5 months sitting on a wicker chair_about May 1913
GOULD_Harry Norman_standing in a yard holding his cat_circa 1930_cropped
Circa 1930
GOULD_Harry Norman Sr with his son Harry Norman II and Marie Lindsay Gould sitting on a lawn chair at Lake Huron_circa 1954
1954-Lake Huron, Michigan-My Dad, my brother, Norm and my grandma Marie Gould
GOULD_Norm_Marie_Diane & Norm II_on the day we left Pompano_May 1965_PomBchFlorida_cropped
May 1965 - Pompano Bch, Fla the morning we left for California - My Dad, my grandma, me and my brother, Norm

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
Apartment Manager

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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Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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