This is a continuation of our interview with Mrs. Doris Tanguay, who worked in the office of the William Skinner Manufacturing Company of Holyoke, Massachusetts, producer of silk textiles. She worked there from 1939 through it's closing in 1961 when it was bought by another company. See part one of the interview here.
And then there was Don Purrington, who lived over in South Hadley on Woodbridge Street. He used to, every year when the corn was ready, he would have a party at his house. We’d have a corn roast, and that was always a big time too.
We had lots of parties. And then they would tell us about—you know, these old-timers would tell us about the old days. The switchboard operator, she was there for over fifty years. She lived up at the top of Sergeant Street, and she used to tell about the great balls they used to have at Wistariahurst when she was young. She said they used to come down and hide in the bushes and watch the people come to the balls. The women with all their beautiful dresses and everything. She used to tell us all those stories. We used to say, “Gee, we missed all that.”
I love talking about Skinners. You know, after I left there, I went across the street to Technifax. They were in the old American Thread building, and I worked at Technifax, and they were sold to Scott Paper, who also bought Plastic Coating over here in South Hadley.
Then Scott Paper sold to James River. I worked twenty years for them, but they weren’t Skinners, but they weren’t bad. Especially the Technifax part. I had to learn a whole new thing. In textiles, they have all their own terminology. And then you go in a paper mill—well, actually, it was a coating where they made film. That’s another all new terminology. But I was always lucky. I always had good bosses. I never had one that I didn’t like.