DU Special Collections

Oral History Interview with Vic Johnson

Title:
Oral History Interview with Vic Johnson
Creator:
None specified
Date:
1969-06-13
Type:
Text
Format:
audio/mp3, audio/wav
Subject:
steel industry and trade: united states: history: 20th century
Description:
Cassette Tapes: Nakamichi Dragon, Nakamichi cassette Deck 1 Reel-to Reel Tapes: Studer A80, Studer B67, Otari MX-55, Revox A700 DVD: Pioneer DV-434. Analog/Digital converter: Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR; Prism Sound Dream AD-2; Computer Hardware: 3 (total) Intel Celeron 1.8GHz/224 MB RAM PC's (made by PowerSpec), each with a Firewire hard drive (2 made by MicroNet, 1 made by LaCie) and M-Audio Delta Audiophile (internal sound card). External Firewire Hard Drive; Computer Software: Windows XP; Steinberg Wavelength 4.0; Sony Soundforge; Other devices: Switcher to allow monitoring of multiple transfers; Basic Map: Playback machine-Analog RCA or XLR-AD converter-AES (XLR)-M-Audio Card-Software-External Firewire Drive, Victor Johnson was the superintendent of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation's Rolling and Finishing Mill. Began working at mill at 12 1/2 years old. Tom Verde was foreman. Began at rail mill as door puller (opened cover while charging). Other boys were Nettie Ryan, Alfred Ecklund, Mike Burke (a heater), John Hollywood (heater-controlled temperature), Frank Mitchell (blooming mill roller). Victor was a door boy for 6 months at .10 cents per hour. Later was a gas reverser for 9 months at .11 cents per hour, 12 hour shifts. Later worked as a buggy operator transporting ingots for 1 year. Tally job for 2 years at .13 cents per hour (boys rate), and later yard master in charge of moving ingots. In 1914, work hours became unreliable. Became timekeeper at $65.00 per month. He describes buying and selling script. Eventually became pay master. Handed paycheck to each individual. Discusses superintendents. A rolling mill was started at Trinidad but failed. CF and I bought the machinery and moved it to Pueblo. In 1919 he was Superintendent under F. E. Parks.