“…So anyway, with our bandaged fingers, we would wait for the fish to come down a beltway and my sister and I were on the last table because we were new people to it, and the fish were quite slimy and itchy when they got to us and we never got off the minimum wage which was a dollar and a quarter back then, believe it or not, it was really low to think about, but no, it was work for us and it was a summer job, and we didn’t mind. We did anticipate that we would be making more with piecework, but unfortunately, we never really got the knack of the people in your video–got the rhythm of it. Yeah, we didn’t–we mostly cut our fingers and spe nt a lot of time running up to the office to get taken care of for that.”
Jeanne Peacock packed sardines in Machias and Eastport. Her husband, Robert is the son of Robert F. Peacock, the owner of the Peacock cannery in Lubec.
April 19, 2013
Interviewer: Keith Ludden
Recommended citation: Peacock, Robert and Jeanne, Oral History Interview, April 19, 2013 by Keith Ludden, Page #, Oral History and Folklife Research. Online: https://www.oralhistoryandfolklife.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Peacock-transcript.pdf
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