Kelsey: Where were you born,
DiTaranto: On North Street in Madison, New Jersey.
You were born in the same house you live in now?
DiTaranto: No, not the same house, but on the same
And is that where you lived during World War II?
Were you married or single when the war started?
DiTaranto: I was single.
How did you happen to start working in the defense
DiTaranto: Well, there were three other people that
got hired, and then they called up. They called me
up and said that
they were hiring, so I went there and I got
What year was that?
So this was before the war started? You were
working there before World War II started, then?
What company did you work for?
DiTaranto: For Hyatt Roller Bearing.
And where was that located?
DiTaranto: In Rahway, New Jersey.
And how did you get from Madison to Rahway?
DiTaranto: We had a driver. They used to drive
seven girls back and forth.
And the company provided?
DiTaranto: No, no, we paid. I paid seven dollars a
week for the driver to take me to work.
And what did you do there?
DiTaranto: I was the leader. I was there six
months, and I became a leader. I took a government
test for the roller
bearings, for the bearings department: like for the
trucks, they used to make bearings for the trucks,
airplanes and the cars, for the service. So they
gave me a test, and I passed it, and I was a
had to make so many pans of work. And I had to make
sure that there was no cracks, no seams, for
sabotaging. And the Army and the Navy came in and
took a movie of the bearings. They gave me an
ten picture, but they kept for themselves like how
we were doing the bearings, and make sure that there
cracks or seams for sabotage, and thatís it.
Did you do the same kind of work after 1941 as you
DiTaranto: Yes. I quit there in 1945.
Did you quit, or were you laid off?
DiTaranto: Well, I had to quit because we worked
three shifts, and I couldnít take the third shift.
So when I went in and
asked if I could justómy doctor didnít want me to
work the three shifts, because then I was too sick.
me to maybe only work only two shifts, instead of
three. They couldnít give it to me. They said, ďIf
we give it to
you, and other people come in with a doctorís paper,
then we gotta give it to them, too. We have to
theirs. We know yours is true.Ē So I quit.
How many hours a week did you work?
And how many days a week?
Monday through Friday?
What did you do after you quit working there?
DiTaranto: I got married in í47. I never worked no
So after you got married, you didnít work outside
the home again?
So what do you think about your work experience?
DiTaranto: It was nice. I only worked seven years
of my life, you might as well say. Then I got
married in í47. Then I
had three children, and I never went to work no
That was probably work, too! So did you ever think
that you might want to go back and do similar kind
again? I mean, not now, butÖ.
DiTaranto: Then? (Kelsey: Yeah.) No. I donít
want to work. Enough work in the house.
Now, you said you worked three shifts. Did you
alternate those shifts?
DiTaranto: Every week, I think, or every two weeks
we had to work: the first shift, the second shift,
and the midnight
shift. The midnight shift, I couldnít do it, so
thatís why I quit. I was sick.
And you worked how many hours a day?
DiTaranto: I guess it was eight hours. I donít
remember for sure. But yeah, it was eight hours.
Did you have more difficulty getting transportation
after the war started?
DiTaranto: No. Never.
Because you were still commuting from Madison to
DiTaranto: Yeah. And I never had no troubleónever.
Did the same seven women commute all those years?
DiTaranto: Yeah. In fact, the little ladies, they
stayed there. One of them stayed there for over
forty years. She was
supposed to come today, but she had a cold, and she
Thatís too bad.
DiTaranto: Her name was out there, too, but she had
a cough. I said, ďDonít come if youíve got a
Do you keep in touch with these women?
DiTaranto: Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah. Only two are left,
just her and I. The rest are all gone. Yeah, weíre
lucky to be here.
Weíre lucky to have you here!
DiTaranto: And Iím lucky to be here too!
Well, we feel very fortunate that youíre here, and
that we were able to talk to you.
DiTaranto: All the rest are gone. All the other
people are all gone. Theyíre gone. I liked it. I
never worked, really.
But you did something for the war effort, right?
DiTaranto: Yeah, right. I had three children.
They werenít right away, either. I got married in
í47, he was born in í50. I
didnít want no kids either! (laughter)
Okay. Well, I think that was great. Thatís a great
way to end. Thank you very much.
DiTaranto: Youíre welcome, Iím sure.
[END OF INTERVIEW]