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My Working Life in the Mill

Submitted By : Margaret Currie (Maiden Name McKendrick)  
Date Submitted: 29th September 2005
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Mill Memories / Comment: My Working Life in the Mill

Year 1951 I left school and a friend who was working in the mill said she would take me for an interview. We went on the mill bus from househillwood. It was the first time I had been to Neilston and I loved the journey and the scenery. I stayed in the gatehouse until the personnel officer and office staff started work. Mr Willie Cosh was the gateman and in the short time I was there I had told him my life story all 15 years of it.

The personnel officer gave me a start in the balling flat, My foreman was a Mr Johnny Graham and a Miss Isa Davidson was the desk clerk who instructed me in the job. I was terrified of the big machines but I only had to weigh the end product balls of thread. I worked there for three months and my first wage the sum of 2.6.8 after three months I got transferred to the general office as office girl in charge of the mail and going to the canteen for the morning tea and afternoon tea for the staff, also delivering books so on to the flats, climbing all those stairs.

I must tell about the time I was sent up to the post office for stamps and I made a visit to St Thomas's church, my boss Mr Gratton must have been worried about me, I told where I had been I think he was speechless because he didn't say a word but I got a message not to do that again. I stayed in the office for seven and a half years. I left to go to work in Weir's of Cathcart where I left to get married and go to Australia.

I returned from Australia in 1964 and bought a mill house, now I just look out my window and there is the mill. I returned to work in the mill(Prewaxing Department) in 1973, Mr Mechan was my foreman, again I left to work in the Victoria Hospital(Geriatric Unit). Then I heard that a job was coming up again in the mill office so back I went and stayed 18 years enjoying every minute, I will never forget my experience and working life in the mill.

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