The speaker is a 100-year-old White man with a grade school education from Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania; he was recorded in 1968.
|Inf: Originally when I left high school, I left uh, high school when I was uh, fourteen. We didn???t call them dropouts then. [Laughter] And uh, I went to work in a hardware store here in Dunn [sic] County, O.S. Miller???s Hardware Company, which is where Fred _____ is now. That???s been there ever since 1883. That???s, has been a hardware store. So I went to work there, I got two dollars a week. [Laughter] Not an hour. [Laughter] Nope. And uh, while I was there, uh, I had an opportunity to start to learn the tinner???s trade. When I, day I was sixteen years old, they let me go in the shop, start the tinner???s trade because Fred Fuch-, Fred _____???s uh grandfather, Ben _____, was a tinner there. And uh, then afterwards, well my folks uh, Mother went down to, on the farm, take care of Grandfather _____ because his wife had died and he felt it was her duty to, so we moved down on the farm for a year. And then we came back here.
And then I went back, with O.S., with uh (Boll Billings) and Son, which was the other hardware store. And uh, they had a tinner there. Eh, Dan _____, who had come from Elmira, and Jan [sic] took a liking to me, and he left them and went back to Elmira. And he wrote me and he says, ???If you want to learn the tinner???s trade, and you???ll be a good boy and pay attention to business, uh, I???ll give you an opportunity here at Elmira, uh in the shop that I work in.??? ???Cause he was foreman in the shop up there. So I went up there and I learned the tinner???s trade there. I finished it.