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71 posts
Sep 20, 2009
7:20 AM
Mine was at Greene Joint Vocational School in the office and library. I remember exactly what I spent my first paycheck on. A really expensive (at that time) pair of amazing boots! LOL!

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72 posts
Sep 20, 2009
7:22 AM
Yes, I know it's not "in" Dayton. I guess the topic should've been called "in the Dayton area".
257 posts
Sep 20, 2009
8:30 AM
Mine was working as a film processing specialist for a microfilming company on Stanley Avenue back in 1973.
58 posts
Sep 20, 2009
4:37 PM
DDN paperboy.

Keller's Shoe Repair on Kingston Ave in Belmont.

Apprentice Sign Writer, Cotter Sign Company on Wayne Ave. Computers have killed that trade as with many others.
33 posts
Sep 21, 2009
7:56 PM
Journal Herald paperboy, between Shiloh and Englewood.
19 posts
Sep 28, 2009
12:56 AM
My first job , outside of working at my parents bar, was at Goody Goody resturant on Salem Ave as a carhop , 50 cents an hour plus tips. (1964 / 1965)Terrific food!!
14 posts
Sep 28, 2009
5:58 AM
First job - DDN newspaper route in Belmont - 1968.

First 'time-card' job - Rikes candy department - downtown.
11 posts
Oct 13, 2012
6:37 AM
First job, newspaper route in Hearthstone 1968, first time card job Dairy Queen in Knollwood on old 35 1970
4 posts
May 10, 2013
8:26 PM
I was co-oping at Patterson and was an orderly at the Miami Valley Hospital.
Forgiven, forgotten, set free!!
16 posts
May 20, 2013
6:51 PM
My first full time job in Dayton was at the Standard Electric Co. located on E. Third St. Starting pay was $1.40 per hour. It was a rather good place in which to begin. A bit later studied to become a Toolmaker, served an apprenticeship, and spent 37 years in that business. Glad that I did.

Last Edited by Tomco on May 25, 2013 9:39 AM
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289 posts
May 21, 2013
6:52 AM
As a hairdresser at a shop in Airway shopping center. Not there long as decided after all the time and money spent on the education it wasn't what I really wanted to do. Ended up at NCR in electronics inspection.
171 posts
May 21, 2013
9:43 AM
I worked in the marking department at Rike's putting price tags on all different sorts of items. I made one dollar and a quarter an hour!
Jack S.
18 posts
May 21, 2013
10:16 AM
Hard to know where to start. First job M&M Tool. abt 1949 16 years old 75 cents hr. 21 years later 1970. At 5.20 an hour. Managed to buy New Cars starting in 1953 when I was a Senior at Stivers High School
Starting with
1953 Ford
1954 Mercury SunValley
1955 Thunderbird
1956 Ford Convertable
1957 Thunderbird
1958 Pontriac More later in life
Went to H&H Industries worked 14 yrs there. Loved the Tool & Die Industry Worked 3 other place after that, Retired in 1995
Now 79 years old. love being retired with the love of my life,
My Wife, Mary
Dayon History Books is the best

Last Edited by Jack S. on May 21, 2013 10:17 AM
7 posts
May 25, 2013
5:08 AM
First job, bussing tables at Hasty Tasty on Linden.

cilla46, you may have worked with my grandma at Rike's, her name was Mae Scott, she was also a tagger in the late 60s early 70s. My mom worked there too, as a switchboard operator.
58 posts
May 27, 2013
6:55 PM
Not sure.
Worked a shoe store after school on W. Third st.
Loews user for a week or so.
Elevator operator at the Biltmore Hotel for a week.
(Made enough money to hitch hike toward Calif to see my sister and got picked up for vagrancy in Terrehaute, Ind for 3 days.)
Joined Army Reserves at 15 . Got caught by my dad.
Joined mlitary at 17. 101st Airborne.
2 posts
Jun 04, 2013
7:22 AM
My 1st job was with Holandia Swimming Pools in Beavercreek. What a great time and great people!
13 posts
Jun 07, 2013
10:00 AM
Parts Clerk at Renault of Dayton, in 1966.

Last Edited by Andy on Jun 07, 2013 10:01 AM
5 posts
Jul 10, 2013
1:03 PM
I was a waitress at the Family Inn in Beavercreek (south side of Dayton-Xenia Rd just west of N.Fairfield - then known as Bellbrook-Fairfield Rd). It's still a restaurant, but called Margaret's or something like that.
5 posts
Jan 29, 2014
1:07 PM
Loews Theater, around 1960 and 1961 (?), weekends and sometimes after school for 50 cents per hour. Second part time job, The Famous Clothing Company on West Third St.,

Last Edited by RCOONa on Jan 29, 2014 1:11 PM
4 posts
Feb 25, 2014
3:20 PM
Delivered the Shopping news from '57 to '59. Wow, that sucked. Then the DDN until '63. 1st real job was at the Kroger store #711 on Salem ave and Superior, from 'Jan '63 to July '66, when the family moved to VA.
24 posts
Feb 28, 2014
4:58 AM
A paperboy of course then worked from elem school to junior year in high school as a custodial engineer at Jefferson Elem,Dayton Art Institute and one year as a camp counsler at Salvation Army. Various other part time jobs to Pay for WSU but the best was working at GoldenRod Music stores in the early seventies.
104 posts
Feb 28, 2014
5:40 AM
My first job, fresh out of college, was at the Kettering Research Lab in Yellow Springs. If ever I get it finished, am working on a book about my experiences working with “Boss Kett”.
10 posts
Mar 03, 2014
8:15 AM
Dino's Pizza on Wayne ave. Delivered pizzas but my old slant six Dodge wouldn't go in reverse. Dino made me a pizza maker which I wasn't very good at either.

Last Edited by KidPast50 on Mar 03, 2014 8:18 AM
172 posts
Mar 03, 2014
8:35 AM
I liked Dino's Pizza. I remember watching him throwing the doe in the air. I believe the building is a tattoo shop now. My first job was at Wympee's at E. Third and Wayne Ave., during the summer break from High School.

Last Edited by Billd1952 on Mar 03, 2014 8:38 AM
13 posts
Mar 03, 2014
1:12 PM
Billd1952. Do you remember Evangello's pizza right across the street on Wayne Ave? (The spelling is probably pretty close). He would come into Dino's occasionally and he and Dino would razz each other about who's pizza was better.
25 posts
Mar 04, 2014
5:29 PM
Summer of 1977 worked for a roofing company in Troy. They were contracted to repair all the Dayton school roofs,and move lockers. I think we were on or in every school in Dayton. The maintenance man for the schools was Harry I do not recall his last name.
11 posts
Apr 15, 2014
8:12 PM
My first real job was as a paper boy for the Journal Hearald .'66-69 I made good money, especially with tips. I used to get up at 3:30-4:00 am to delivery my papers - 7 days a week all year long. I loved it. Taught me a lot about responsibility, business, and making your customers happy. When we moved to another state, I wanted to be a paperboy - guess what they told me? You have be 18, own a car with insurance, be bondable, etc. I said you gotta be kidding? So much for progress.

Last Edited by mikedaley on Apr 15, 2014 8:12 PM
David C
16 posts
Feb 16, 2015
10:59 AM
In Dayton...I played a reception gig at the Holiday Inn on Dryden Rd. 1970, I think. I do remember the hotel kept asking us to turn it down.
58 posts
Feb 17, 2015
6:17 AM
My first job in Dayton, was at W. H Kiefaber,(right out of high school) they were or are an industrial supply house, and I don't remember the street...wished I did. I made a whopping big $2.50/hr, how could I forget that, and like a true teenager 18, I bought a new dress with my first paycheck and gave my mom and dad $20.00. Thanks for bringing this question back.
18 posts
Mar 29, 2015
12:26 PM
My first job was at the Dayton Mall. It was at Coney Island hot dog diner which is now a sexy lingerie shop.

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