Bailey, Mr and Mrs Ellis 1971-08-26

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Mr. and Mrs. Bailey discuss their jobs at Itasca, describe the weaving process, and compare working conditions at Itasca with those in other mills.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Bailey

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Date: August 26, 1971

Location: Itasca, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Mrs. Bailey: Began work with Cotton Mill, 1916, First job at the mill, Promotion to weaving department, Quit working for mill, late 1920s, Returned to mill, 1946, Mr. Bailey: Began work with Cotton Mill, 1946, Earlier work and education, Work at the mill, Working conditions, Weaving process described, Interdependence of tasks, Early humidifier, Anecdote about whistle, Anecdote about quill man, Anecdote about "homemade bomb", Sidney Files recalled

Tape 1, Side 2: Mrs. Bailey taught Frank Sidney Files how to weave, Weaving and correcting mistakes, Production quotas, bonus incentives, Local people worked for mill, Character of employees, Visitors to mill, Number of workers on shifts, Review of mill process, Comparison of Itasca mill and other mills, Equipment, Management, Unpleasant working conditions at other mills, Job at mill at West, Anecdotes about heat in weave room and quills, Mr. Bailey - author of History of Hill County 1936-1965

Range Dates: 1916-1965

Bulk Dates: 1916-1965

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