By Cady Kuzmich
Clifton Park — We hit the streets this week to find out about some of Clifton Park residents’ toughest jobs. We asked, “Of all the jobs you’ve had over the years, which one was the absolute toughest?” Here’s what you said…
“Probably being a mother. It wasn’t really tough, you know. We’ve been fortunate. Later on in life when my father had a series of strokes and there were no nursing homes, my mother [and I] took care of him. My daughter was two at the time. This was back in 1950 and we didn’t have a telephone. I’d just stand by the side of the road and [wait for a ride] to go help my mother take care of father. Later my mother was in the nursing home. Labors of love, we call them. I made $20 a week at Roff’s Knitting Mill in Cohoes and gave my mother $10 each week. ”
– Mildred Mincher of Clifton Park.
“I worked 72 hours a week. Not only took care of the grocery store but a lot of people burned coal so I had to deliver coal in the winter. Carried the coal up a flight of stairs sometimes. One man [I delivered to] insisted on weighing each bag of coal on a scale. If it was too light I had to give him more. If it was too heavy, he’d say ‘Oh, that’s alright.” This was back in 1937. Jobs were scarce. I made seven dollars a week for 72 hours of work and gave three dollars to my mother. In 1940 I went up to General Electric for an interview. They asked me how many hours I worked at the store. I told them 72 hours. They said “You didn’t ask about money.” I just said, “Whatever you pay.” They paid me three times what I made at the store for nearly half the hours.”
– Alfred Mincher of Clifton Park
“I worked in a hospital for seven years doing a bunch of different jobs. Worked in transportation the first three years — pushing 400 pound patients in their beds.”
– Shelly Mueller of Princetown
“Working for Maximus. We do the insurance for New York State. No appreciation for employees. Well paid but ill treated.”
– Bethani Pamelee of Schaghticoke.
“Working at a college.”
– Alexa Hollingsworth of Watervliet.
– Karin Cook of Clifton Park.
“This is the only job I’ve ever had so I’d have to say this one — barista.”
– Mike Serianni of Clifton Park.
“Day care. Absolutely! I worked with one to three year olds. It’s very demanding. It can be very stressful given the fact that it’s with kids who can’t communicate.”
– Michelle Allen of Saratoga.
“I worked for a local chamber of commerce many years ago. There was no hierarchy of leadership. A bunch of people in charge and no clear direction. It was hard to know who to follow. I was glad to see area chambers have come a long way.”
– Beverly Swimm of Clifton Park