Get A Job!

In Muscatine on Saturday, May 3, 1952, Dale wrote that I got my first job, as a carry-out / stockboy at Otto’s Grocery Store, at 206 East Second Street, for 35¢ per hour.  They recycled empty grocery boxes for customers to take their purchases home, and I had to learn how to select the smallest box that would hold the goods, and to pack with the lightest items on top to prevent crushing.  I worked each Saturday and was paid in cash in a small brown envelope with gross and net pay written on the front – my first Social Security earnings.

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