Wednesday, January 23, 2008

home feeling

pond found, August 26, 2007

The administration was motivated in its housing program by both humanitarian and economic considerations. Upon finding evidences of crowding and unsatisfactory quarters, a committee of the stockholders revealed the mixture of these motives in a report dated February 12, 1881:
The property of a manufacturing Company must ultimately rest on the efficiency and fidelity of its labor. It must be impaired by whatever impairs the comfort and morale of its operatives. It must be promoted by whatever promotes their self respect [sic], elevates their character, and cultivates local attachments and the home feeling. Nor is it easy to estimate the precuniary [sic] advantages of such a liberal policy as shall strengthen our hold on the entire body of employees, and more particularly on those whose value is apt to bring tempting offers from abroad.

The committee felt that two tenements to house four families were needed, but for reasons of economy it suggested that only one be built. However, the stockholders ordered both to be constructed immediately.--Harry Poindexter



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