1. Although it was my Grandpa’s cotton, I was 8 years old. I had my own cotton sack that he made for me. It was hard work. I picket for 2 days and made 75 cents.
2. At the age 10 I washed coke glasses for Peter’s Drug store fountain & Cafe. My Mom was the manager. I made 45 cents an hour. And all the cherry coke I could drink.
3. Baby sitter for neighbor. I usually came home with about 3.00. That was great, it kept me in nylons and hair spray. age 12.
4. From 12 to 16 I mostly did Baby sitting. And at the end of summer picked cotton for my Grandpa.
5. Worked a short time for the richest lady in Placerville, California. Cleaned, listened to her till stories, and had been told she was mean, but I thought she was nice. We had tea together. She gave me a dollar twice a week. This was a short job because I couldn’t always get a ride.
6. Continued to Baby sit, it got me things that I needed. We lived to far from town for me to get a real job.
7. I got married at 18 and Arney did not want me to work, so he took care of us as long as he could. My first job after getting married was at the fruit shed doing food packs for the Army. Made 1.10 an hour. Thought I was going to freeze to death.
8. Worked at Sears in the Candy department. Worked there until cars were being turned over in the parking lot. 1965.
9. worked at Fabric King, fabric cutter. I had more fabric at home than anyone should have. But I could buy it for 10 cents a yard.
10. Worked at K-mart. Cashier, stopped working when Trevor was born.
11. Bought and sold collectables for a number of years.
13. Worked from home winding electric components
14. Cleaned houses for private families and after constructions.
15. Paid position at our church as a Youth Director. 10 years enjoying the teens as a friend and teacher.
16. Worked for Home-style industries as a curtain maker.
What did I learn from my first job? That you can work very hard and make very little money. But at the end of the day you still felt good.