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Elmer A. Johnston
Rohr Chula Vista
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Our dad, Elmer Johnston, worked at Rohr in Chula Vista, probably as a tool designer, sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
We lived in Ocean Beach, and I believe he car pooled to and from work. On occasion my sister and I accompanied our mom when she went to pick him up after his shift ended in the afternoon.
As kids we didn’t really know much about what he did for his work. I believe he worked at Rohr more than once time period. He worked in Dalllas / Fort Worth a couple times during this period, and we retuned to San Diego and he worked in the Chula Vista plant again.
I recall the work shifts were staggered, to accommodate the large number of employees arriving and exiting work each day.
My second memory is hearing the parents talking about how all the employees got paid in silver dollars one week, and hearing about what a hassle it was for everyone lugging around the weight of the silver and paying in cash for everything that particular week.
Elmer explained to us that it was a good decision by the management as it demonstrated just how much money Rohr contributed each week to the local economy, and how important that was.
Elmer was a good designer and worked in the aircraft industry for many years, including Convair, Ryan, General Dynamics, Consolidated, Sikorsky, and others.
Tom Johnston and Jo Alix Johnston Jackson
Elmer in one of his prized activities, fishing. Circa 1954. Front row, sitting on the left.
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