KS - shifts
At the time Mrs. C worked shifts, days one week and evenings the next. My occupation was to look for work, I didn’t work shifts - I was basically shiftless. This went on for almost two months, in fact Mrs. C was beginning to wonder about what she had married into, when I finally got hired by Proctor and Gamble in their detergent plant in Augusta. Jobs were hard to get back then, especially good ones.
About a week later another of my many applications came through and they called me to work at Columbia Nitrogen. It was just as well they did because the odors and aromas of the P & G job were about to do me in – this because of all the perfumes they use in their soap products – some kind of allergy.
Not only that – I came home several times and took a shower without using any soap except what I had absorbed into my skin. It took me quite a while before I could comfortably walk down the detergent aisle of any supermarket because of the product scent. I worked with them two weeks and two days.
Columbia Nitrogen was just starting up when I joined their work force in late summer of 1963. Not long after being hired they sent us to Tennessee for several days of “on the job” training at a similar fertilizer plant there – for hands on training to learn how to start up and run our new plant in Augusta. This was the first time Mrs. C and I had been separated since the wedding and it was somewhat traumatic for us both.
After the OJT we still had a lot of training back in Augusta before we finally started up the operation of the plant. After the start-up I also started working shifts, except I had three of them and that usually clashed with the two of Mrs. C and we almost had to run a schedule to have time to be together.
We were still in our newlywed adjustment period, even at church. Since they didn’t have a class that related directly to the young married, we quit going to Sunday school – just attended the church part – much to the concern of both sets of parents. A short time later they began a young married class and again we were regular to all services. Basically if the doors were open, we were there.
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