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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Flake and Nellie Meyers, August 11, 1979. Interview H-0133. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Amenable relationships between employers and employees

Flake Meyers describes what it was like to work for Mr. Ivey at the Southern Desk Company. At various points in the interview, Flake focuses on his general satisfication with the working conditions he faced. Here, he focuses specifically on how the role of a "good boss" in particular made certain working situations more enjoyable.

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Oral History Interview with Flake and Nellie Meyers, August 11, 1979. Interview H-0133. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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PATTY DILLEY:
What was Mr. Ivey like as a person to work for?
FLAKE ORAN MEYERS:
Oh, he was real good. If he'd see you make a mistake, he'd say, "Hee! Yah! I want you to do that right now." And he'd show you how. He'd really call you down. If you were maybe running one piece, "Can't you run two pieces?" [Laughter]
PATTY DILLEY:
Did he know a lot about the stuff?
FLAKE ORAN MEYERS:
Oh, law, you don't know. He really did know. If he'd see you doing something wrong, he'd tell you in a minute. [Laughter] He'd come through twice a day, to say good morning to the men. He came through there about eight-thirty, and about eleven o'clock he'd be backaround.
PATTY DILLEY:
Oh, goodness.
FLAKE ORAN MEYERS:
Well, when he was coming through,he'd always speak to you. If he happened to see you doing something wrong, he'd tell you.