Clara Effingham


Jennifer Stock



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This interview is one of a series conducted with former employees of the Huntington Owens-Illinois, Inc. glass bottle factory. This is a very informal interview with little structure but lots of content. Mrs. Effingham often discusses topics only tangentially related to her experience at Owens but this is one of the necessary hazards and strengths of the oral history method. Clara was employed as a secretary and later a purchaser by the Huntington Owens plant. She loved her job, she states repeatedly, because of the opportunities it afforded her for meeting people. She discusses her duties, what inventory was like at the plant, the things they had to purchase. On a more personal note, Clara also talks about her husband, Ike Effingham, who was a worker at the Owens plant, and the difficulties which arose between them because of his position as a worker and hers as a member of management.

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Effingham, Clara, 1919- -- Autobiography.
Owens-Illinois, Inc. Glass Container Division (Huntington, W. Va.) -- Oral histories.
Owens-Illinois, Inc. Glass Container Division (Huntington, W. Va.). Retirees' Association -- Oral histories.
Glass container industry -- Huntington (W. Va.) -- Oral histories.
Shift systems -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-526.


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Oral History Interview: Clara Effingham