Like Tromblee, Delhi’s Florence Grill easily recalled how much she made at her first job, which was at Newberry’s Department Store.
“I remember how much I was being paid because I made more than many of the other employees,” Grill recalled. “I started out at 57.5 cents per hour, but because I knew how to do fractions, I was raised up to 60 cents per hour. I was 14 years old and I started out as a cashier.
“It wasn’t a very good start because I was so nervous and made a mistake with my first customer’s change due. The customer laughed and told me not to get so flustered, it was Christmas time.
“After the holiday it was inventory time and this was not my favorite part of the job. Sometimes I had to go down into the cellar and it terrified me. Of course as soon as the others knew I was afraid, they would tease me about animals being in the boxes and things like that. To this day I do not like cellars!” she concluded.
Whether a formative experience or just another chapter in one’s life, first jobs always hold a special place in our memories.