Kelsey: Where were you born, Bertha?
Oh, I guess at home.
In what town?
Where did you live when World War II started?
lived in Shenandoah until I was about nineteen.
And then where did you go?
Cady: Come to New Jersey.
Kelsey: And where did you live in
Cady: I started off in Passaic, New
Kelsey: And where did you go from
Cady: Nowhere else. (laughs) I had
a family I had to raise, and go to work.
Kelsey: So you were married when the
Kelsey: And your husband went into
Cady: No, he was kind of saved by
having the family.
Kelsey: But you did go to work?
Cady: Oh, yeah.
Kelsey: And where did you work?
Cady: In Manhattan Rubber in
Kelsey: And what did you do there?
Cady: I was a tubing machine
Kelsey: What did that involve?
Cady: That involved making all the
hosesóyou know, fire hose, water hoseófor all the
ships in the service. Whatever kind they needed,
they made there.
Kelsey: What year did you go to work
Kelsey: And how long did you work?
Cady: Until the war was over, and a
little after. But I didnít want to work
there on that, because it was a heavy job. You had
a fifty-foot rubber hose, and you had to flip it
over on a table. It was really muscle work, and I
really had muscles when I finished working there.
(chuckles) In fact, the name was very good for
everybodyóBig Bertha, big muscles, and all that, you
Kelsey: And how many children did
Kelsey: While you were working in
Kelsey: Was your husband working as
Cady: Yeah, he was working in the
same place. He was a precision lathe man.
Kelsey: Who took care of your
children while you were both working?
Cady: Well, I worked midnights. I
worked from eleven to seven, so I took care of them
all day long. And then come home in the morning,
they were getting up, so they never knew their
mother was out. Thatís the way we lived.
Kelsey: And then your husband took
care of them at night, and he went to work in the
Cady: Yeah. Well, he went to work,
and I had to take care of them.
Kelsey: And you did this from 1942
Cady: Yes. I worked there later,
after, but I didnít work on the machines no more. I
told the bosses that I didnít want that work. As
soon as the boys started coming back, they should
have a job. And thatís how it was. I broke the boy
in, and then I left, and I worked somewhere else.
Kelsey: Where did you go then, where
did you work?
Cady: I worked in the rubber mill,
and then they laid me off. So then I went into
Dumont Electronics, in a tooling machine. We made
television tubes, and we made all kinds of tubes for
the Air Force and all that.
Kelsey: And what year was that that
you went there?
Cady: What did I do there? I was a
threader, what they considered. You had to thread
the tube with all the wires, set
them up and put them in, and make sure they were
Kelsey: What year did you start
Cady: Oh, I guess about í47 or í48.
I was home in between.
Kelsey: Did you work there for a
Cady: Over twenty-five years.
Kelsey: Did you retire from there?
Cady: I loved it, because it wasnít
muscle [work]. It was a much lighter job, I loved
it. It was tedious, but I loved it, believe me.
Kelsey: And where was that?
Cady: In Clifton. It was Dumont.
If youíve ever heard of Dumont that made the first
tube, well, thatís who I worked for.
Kelsey: Did your husband continue to
work at the rubber plant?
Cady: Well, he worked there, but
then he got a cerebral hemorrhage and a stroke, and
he was an invalid from then.
Kelsey: Oh, thatís too bad.
Cady: Yeah. Then I had to take
over. I was the father, the mother, and the sole
supporter. I donít know why Iím gonna tell my
Kelsey: No, thatís very commendable.
Cady: He never spoke a word.
Thereís my oldest grandchild, she never heard him
talkónever talked, just made sound. And that, I had
to keep him for over twenty-something years.
Kelsey: Thatís hard to do. Well,
thank you very much for coming and talking with us.
Cady: Well, thank you for listening
Kelsey: We really want to
listen to what you have to say. Itís important.
Cady: Okay, thank you very much.
Kelsey: Thank you.
[END OF INTERVIEW]