Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984)
|Benita (McGinnis) McCormick. Oil portrait
by artist Mary Rowley. As seen hanging on the
living room wall in daughter Jane McCormick
Olson’s living room, 2011.
Dearest Slimmest Niece Linda,
I told Janie tonight that you’re having difficulty finding a job. She wants you to know that Sears is really looking for salespeople who will work during summer and take a part time job during school year. The pay to start is $2.30 per hour. She says you must say you’ll work P.T. while in college. Of course if you can’t really fulfill your promise you still have had a summer job and the work experience you need. She also said the catalogue dept. (that’s where she works) is very pleasant, too. Same pay to start. . .
O yes, tell Paul I wrote a very praiseworthy note about him to his Mom and Dad last night. Thought they’d like to know how much we all love him. Love to the Huescas –
Aunt Detty, now in her eighties, was ecstatic that I was working for a major airline, but she worried that my temporary status and zero seniority made me more likely to be laid off. In her proactive and creative way, she made up her mind to help my chances of staying on by writing a couple of glowing letters of commendation to the company on my behalf. Working for a company that valued customer service, I cannot help but think her letters might have helped save my job during that uncertain time.
One morning as I arrived at work, my supervisor handed me an inter-office envelope. Inside were two letters, the first from the department chief.
I also wish to add my thanks for a job obviously well done.
|This commendation letter from my aunt to
American Airlines, probably helped me from
being laid off in 1976, when the airline had to
cut some of its recent hires.
January 29, 1976 Miss Carolyn David, Res. Mgr: Dear Miss David, It is a pleasure to be able to write you this letter about one of your employees.
The other day I learned of the great comfort and consideration given a relative of mine (who speaks little English) by Miss Linda Huesca. Not only did she speak Spanish fluently, but apparently she went out of her way to make my brother-in-law feel safely headed on his way home. I believe she even met him at the airport and put him on the plane. We all appreciate this so much, as the family were not able to be with him that day, and he is elderly.
Will you please thank Miss Huesca for us? She must be a great asset to your organization.
(Mrs. Phillip C.) Benita McCormick
P.S. Our brother tells us that in addition to being so helpful the young lady is very attractive.
It was all I could do to keep a straight face in front of my supervisor. Deep down I was grateful my aunt loved me enough to write such a nice, though exaggerated, letter. When the layoffs eventually came, I was spared, and I worked for American for several years afterward. “Well, maybe you didn’t need them,” she said one night when the letters came up in conversation, “but they didn’t hurt, did they?”
Copyright © 2016 Linda Huesca Tully