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Title

Ballston Knitting Mill Women's Work 1940's - 1950's

Subject

Knitting
Saratoga County (N.Y.)
DuRoss, Anita
Ballston Spa (N.Y.)

Description

Interview with Anita DuRoss discusses women working in the sock mill in Ballston Spa 1946-1968, includes information of working conditions,pay,benefits and a description of the mill layout

Creator

DuRoss, Anita

Source

Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum

Publisher

Saratoga Springs Public Library

Date

1993-05-20

Rights

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Format

MP3

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Identifier

SCOH022

All Available Item Data

Interviewer

Vaitis, Jennifer

Interviewee

DuRoss, Anita

Location

Saratoga County Historical Society

Original Format

Cassette tape

Time Summary

1:30 Mill build/started by Mr Shutts who cam from Amsterdam. Brought Miss Kean with him as secretary/administrative assistant
2:25 Mrs. DuRoss came to Ballston Spa in 1944 and started working in the mill in March 1946. Pay rate was piece rate but set at $.40/hr - $16.00/week (which was NYS minimum wage) plus 5% bonus at end of year if your production exceeded piece rate minimum
4:00 Very few men worked in the mill. Most that did work there were mechanics,
working condiitons: No prescribed breaks, Usually smokers took a break. Work theory by the emplyees was if you didn'y work, you don't make as much money.Christmas part paid by the canteen money. Year end bonus based on company profits. Time clocks used
Building layout: basement plus 3 floors. Basement - wash and dry room for laundering the material. 1st floor offices, 2nd and 3rd floors were production
9:30 Production departments: Inspection, stapling - attach paper labelto each pair of socks, Bundler - pacl sock into lots of a dozen, Baggers and shippng
15:40 at one time this mill was one of the world's largest producer of men's worlk socks
Mentiones other stores in Ballston in 1940's and 1950's - Clark Dept store, Beators, Fashon Shop, Outlet shop, Buchdalls Mens store, Steiners Dept store, Tracy Brothers Hardware, Ballston Hardware, 4 or 5 drug stores including Lattimore's which became O'Briens.
mentioned the Akshand Mill that made gloves and mittens. Also gave a brief comment about the George West mill which became the Bishoff Chocolate factory.

Physical Format

Oral histories

Citation

DuRoss, Anita, “Ballston Knitting Mill Women's Work 1940's - 1950's
,” Saratoga Room Digital Exhibits, accessed September 27, 2020, http://digitalarchive.sspl.org/items/show/245.

Output Formats

File

DuRoss Brookside.mp3

Interactive Version