Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your Father’s Work History

It’s hard to believe that Father’s Day is here already and it’s time for this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge with Randy Seaver. Of course, it’s related to Father’s Day!

1)  Sunday, 19 June, is Father’s Day.  Let’s celebrate by writing a blog post about our father, or another significant male ancestor (e.g., a grandfather).

2)  What was your father’s occupation?  What jobs did he have throughout his life?  Do you know his work history?

The above newspaper clipping probably dates from the 1944-1945 school year and my father, George Sabo (1926-1985), is the student on the left participating in the mock job interview. My Nana had saved this in a box of miscellaneous papers. The next time there is free access, I will have to search this time period using the professor’s name.

My father’s George, took some college classes, but never finished a degree. He worked at several different companies as a purchasing agent. The only company whose name I remember, and where he worked the longest, was Curtiss-Wright in New Jersey.

I don’t remember where the plant was located, but if it was in Lyndhurst, New Jersey (company headquarters until 2003), that would have been a reasonable commute from our house in Passaic.

I also remember for a short time (a second job maybe?), Dad worked at Stern’s department store selling shoes.

By the time we lived in Wayne in the mid and later 1960s, Dad worked for a company in Harrison, New Jersey, which is next to Newark. If I heard the name of it, I’d probably recognize it, but for the life of me, I can’t remember the company name.

I think I was in second grade when we had to learn about our father’s job. At that age, kids back then thought about job titles like fireman, teacher, salesman, etc. I remember thinking what the heck does a purchasing agent do?

That’s about all I know of my dad’s work history. Thank you, Randy, for this week’s challenge and I hope everyone has a Happy Father’s Day as we continue self-isolating at home.



2 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your Father’s Work History”

  1. How cool that you have the newspaper clipping! That makes at least three of us who have clippings of our fathers relating to work!

    Do you remember if you asked your father what a purchasing agent did?

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