Early in June of 1942 I went to work for the Mutual Boiler Insurance Company as an Inspection Engineer. I have included some of the original correspondence relative to my engagement, following this text.
I had Previously made application to the Hartford Company and had been accepted, but I would have had to do boilers as well as mechanical and electrical equipment, if I went with them. Shortly before I was to give Hartford my decision, I had the opportunity to talk with an Inspector for the Mutual Boiler and their program sounded a lot more attractive, so I thanked Hartford and applied to Mutual Boiler.
The company insured such things as boilers, pressure vessels, steam and diesel engines, turbines, generators, electric motors, transformers, switch gear, and just about every other type of equipment found in industry. The insurance was designed to protect the insured against direct damage caused by mechanical and/or electrical failure, as well as any loss of production that followed. My involvement was to be strictly mechanical and electrical, with nothing at all to do with boilers or pressure vessels.
As instructed, I reported to their main office in Boston, for training. I was there for six weeks, during which time I had the opportunity to travel through all of the New England States, on inspection trips with engineers who were training me. I didn’t care too much for Boston, but I did like New England in general and especially, I liked what I saw of the State of Maine.
I was in Boston only a short time when I realized that I was going to like the work even more than I had first thought that I would. I guess that it was because of the diversity of the industries and the equipment in them. After the six weeks of training I was officially assigned to the Cincinnati District and was told to report to Al Kane, who was the Resident Engineer. I was to find housing, return to Plymouth, arrange to be moved and return to Cincinnati, as soon as possible. All of this maneuvering was to be at Company expense, except for the housing.
I bought a new house, on Westwood Northern Blvd., for $4,950.00 and went back to Plymouth to get Louise and the boys. We lived in this home for a couple of years and then bought a big home on Kugler Mill Road in Rossmoyne, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. We sold that house in October of 1947 and moved back to Three Rivers. We had paid $8,300.00 for the big house and sold it for $13,200.00.