Mrs. Taylor: Hello.† I am Jean Taylor.† I am married to Charles Taylor.† I am his third wife.† He lost his first two wives so I am number three and he likes to tell our friends that he was not the cook.† So weíve been married for thirteen years and both of us have shared in war experiences and we are happy to share them with you.
Triesler:† Great.† Where were you born?
Mrs. Taylor: I was born in
Triesler:† Mr. Taylor, when were you born?
Mr. Taylor:† I was born in 1921, in
Mrs. Taylor: And you did some Apollo shots to make sure they had the right equipment.
Mr. Taylor: We did the Apollo shots and any political activity, but wasnít confined to just presidential conventions or anything like that.
Triesler:† Around 1940 when
the war was coming but hadnít quite gotten there yetÖwhat do you remember about
your lives at that time?† Did you think
war would probably come to the
Mr. Taylor:† I donít remember feeling anything about the coming of the war.†
Mrs. Taylor:† That was the year that I graduated from high
school. You know, the fellows were going. My husband at that time had started
college and then he was drafted. And that was how I came to be a riveter,
because the fellows were all gone and I had moved back home with my parents,
Triesler: Can you describe that job? What you did; what you had to do?† Was there a tool you had to use?
Mrs. Taylor: Yes, there was a little metal thing that I had in my hand and I had to get on my back and see I couldnít see her on the outside and she had a thing to drive those rivets and so I had to follow her along by just tapping and bucking those rivets.
Triesler: Bucking?† Is that like flattening on the inside?
Mrs. Taylor: Yes.† That is what held the tail assembly together.
Triesler: Was lighting a problem for you working insideÖ.
Mrs. Taylor:† Well, it was only a tail assembly so it wasnít that big and to my knowledge that is all they made.† That is the only thing they had the contract for.† It was a bus company and they had made buses previously.† Most everybody in the town went to work there during the war.
Anne Marie Trimmer: Was it loud and hot?
Mrs. Taylor:† Yes, it wasnít easy but I never thought about that.† My parents didnít live real close to the plant so I walked back and forth.† Of course, I didnít have a car so I had to walk.† Back then, I certainly wouldnít do that today, it wasnít a very safe thing.† I never gave it any thought about being dangerous when I was walking.
Triesler: How long did it take you to walk to work?
Mrs. Taylor: Oh probably half an hour, twenty minutes.
Triesler: Did you have to work shift work at all?
Mrs. Taylor:† Yes, I worked days and then I worked nights.
Triesler: What kind of hours would they have for the shifts?
Mrs. Taylor: You are asking me too hard questions [she laughs].† Well, I guess I worked an eight hour shift.
Triesler: Do you remember how frequently you had to switch?
Mrs. Taylor:† Yes, weekly.† But it was really nice.† I really enjoyed the ladies that I worked with and a lot of them had gone to college and already had a profession.† They were teachers.
Triesler:† Were you able to have the radio on at work or anything like that?
Mrs. Taylor: No.† And of course there was no television then.
Triesler:† What did you wear?
Mrs. Taylor: Well, I didnít have to wear a mask or anything.† And I guessÖI canít remember.† I donít think I wore anything on my hair cause there was no danger in that.† But, I remember being hot and sweaty and when you lie on your back like that to workÖbut I did it for the war.
Triesler:† And you wore coveralls?† Did you remember what color they were or did they have to be a certain color?
Mrs. Taylor: No, I canít remember.† I donít know.† I guess back in my scrapbooks I have some pictures but I canít remember.
Triesler: So when you finally got home after all that work, which had to be tiring on the arm muscles, I would imagine.† What did you typically do after that long walk home from work?† Did you have a lot of chores or work to do?
Mrs. Taylor:† Well, I was living with my parents so I didnít have many household things to do.† I donít know.† The time went fast and I was busy writing V-mails because by then my husband was overseas.
Triesler: Do you remember when you married, what that time was that you married your first husband?
Mrs. Taylor:† Yes, letís see, it was in í43 and he had, he
went to college at
†Anne Marie Trimmer: Did you keep working when all the men came home from the war? They always wanted the ladies to go back to the home, but the ladies felt independence. Did you keep working?
Mrs. Taylor: I did work. I was a
secretary. During all that time that I was working at Twin Coach, then I was
going to school at night when I could. I ended up getting a job at
How long did you work for the University at
Mrs. Taylor: Oh, probably for a couple of years. When I left, my sister took my job, so we kept it in the family. It was fun because there were five different phases that I was involved in: theater, the debate team, speech and hearing clinic. It was a nice job.
Mr. Triesler: When you went back home to live during the war, were you able to save money since you were already married for your family? Or did you feel then that the money should go to your parents? Do you remember paying rent? Was there an issue there?
Mrs. Taylor: No, but I remember I
did buy a fur coat. Much to my mother in lawís grin, she thought that I should
never spend that much money, but I bought myself a fur coat. It is kind of
silly now, but she didnít think I should spend the money for that.† We were lucky. We lived in a house my mother
owned, and it made it nice. While we were living there in
Anne Marie Trimmer: You mentioned sending packages to your husband overseas. What did you send him?
Mrs. Taylor: You know, I really honestly canít remember.
Anne Mare Trimmer: Was there anything particular that he liked that you probably did send him?
Mrs. Taylor: No, I didnít send a whole lot of packages. I donít know why. We wrote letters, and those were those little v-mail letters. I did half a bunch of them.
Well, do you recall where you were when
Mrs. Taylor: Yes, I do remember, because I was at my motherís house. We had a radio but no televisionÖ