Interview with John E. Krauss, 1958 May 28 [audio](part 3)

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  • Improving organization at DuPont; DuPont's paint business; Hiring during World War I; Hiring college graduates
    Partial Transcript: "They decided they could apply their chemical knowledge to paint that had not been applied up to that time. It was just a hit and miss process of mixing before. So the Gray's Ferry Plant was developed and paint later became one of the leading products of the Company."
    Synopsis: [The audio level dips in and out throughout] Krauss talks about developing a central hiring department for DuPont and DuPont's post WWI paint business. He talks about how DuPont hired men during World War I.
    Keywords: DuPont; Hiring; Jobs; Paint; Staffing; Work; World War (1914-1918)
  • Working in the reinstated Personnel Division; Hiring college graduates
    Partial Transcript: "One of my first jobs after the personnel division was reinstated was to go out to Flint and Detroit to tie in General Motors' personnel methods with those of DuPont in order to bring about a closer liaison between the two organizations..." "...We offered $100 a month to a four-year man; $125 a month to a five-year man, that is, to a master. Our rates were about the same as other large companies. The doctors I merely interviewed. They were not on any regular scale."
    Synopsis: Krauss talks about working in DuPont's reinstated personnel division and hiring college graduates. He says that DuPont began traveling to colleges to interview potential new hires. He talks about wages for newly hired college graduates. Krauss says that he interviewed everyone and traveled on his own at the time.
    Keywords: Carpenter, R. R. M. (Robert Ruliph Morgan), 1877-1949; DuPont; General Motors Company; Hiring; Personnel; Recruitment; Wages
  • Incident visiting Notre Dame; Visiting Georgia Tech
    Partial Transcript: "One incident which happened on a visitation to Notre Dame may be of interest, although embarrassing to me..." "...As we came to this spot in front, he went down on his knee to cross himself and I went head over heels right over him."
    Synopsis: Krauss talks about a personally embarrassing visit to Notre Dame when he tripped over the president of the university while he was praying. He talks about a memorable visit to Georgia Tech. He met the dean of the engineering school whose office resembled a home more than it did an office. He says that his job at DuPont ended in 1930 with the Great Depression.
    Keywords: Georgia Institute of Technology; Neoprene; University of Notre Dame
  • Leaving DuPont in 1930; Working during the Great Depression
    Partial Transcript: "I did this work for about seven years, until 1930. The program was discontinued during the depression years in 1930, and it was then that I left the Company to go with another organization."
    Synopsis: Krauss describes leaving DuPont in 1930 explaining that he was demoted from manager to assistant manager of personnel. He talks about disputes he had with other people he worked with. He says that he left DuPont for a job at General Electric. He talks about the jobs he held during the Great Depression.
    Keywords: DuPont; Electric Hose and Rubber; General Electric; Great Depression; Personnel Department; Works Progress Administration
  • Coming back to work at DuPont; Working during World War II
    Partial Transcript: "However, my roots were so deeply grounded in DuPont that I wanted to be a part of it again. I didn't manage to get back in until I went to see J. Thompson Brown and a number of the heads of the departments I had worked with in previous days."
    Synopsis: Krauss talks about returning to work for DuPont when he was hired with a job in paint sales and worked out of Philadelphia. He describes selling paint. He talks about changes to his job during World War II. He says that he helped manage plants and lists the plants he worked in, included the Indiana Ordinance Plant. He describes work at the plant and says that employees commuted from as far as fifty miles away. He talks about organizing funerals for workers who died in an accident at the Indiana Ordinance Plant. He talks about some employee issues at the Chickasaw plant and says that they had problems getting their workers to wear shoes because some of them had never worn them before. He says that his last job was at Carney's Point, New Jersey
    Keywords: Brown, J. Thompson; Carney's Point plant; Carney's Point, Nj.; Chicasaw plant; DuPont; Indiana Ordinance Plant; Kankakaee plant; Paint; Philadelphia, Pa.; Richter, Bill; Sales; Work; World War (1939-1945)