My Grandfather, Joseph E. Hart was the longest employee of BIW as of the early 1940's. He was born in 1872 and was one of the first employees of BIW under General Hyde in 1884. I have somewhere a clipping from Bath, where on his wedding anniversary, (50th?) Mr. Hyde pronounced he was the longest employee of BIW. He remained friends with the Hyde family even after the Newell group leased the plant in 1927, and continued employment there his entire career. I believe he retired in 1942 or 1943.
It simply amazes me how the people started so young, doing a man's work as a boy. And that they stayed into their later years. Interesting that depending on retirement age, there could be someone out there with an even longer employment history.
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