NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 1966: The Press, Riverside Co., CA
‘Temporary Job' 45 years long, works out fine. RUBIDOUX – Staying with one company may not be as exciting as jumping from job to job, but it pays off better in the long run. That's the opinion of Clarence "Hap" Scher, 64, 5171 Mission, Rubidoux, who is a commercial gas serviceman for Southern California Gas Company. Scher is in a position to judge since he has completed 45 years of service with the gas company – a "temporary" job he took originally while looking for work in the electrical field. THE WAY HE describes it, employment is like the race between the tortoise and the hare. The turtle wins because he sticks to it while the hare, though much faster, loses by goofing off. Hap Scher remembers how some workers left the gas company for higher paying defense jobs during World War II. "But I figured it was better to stay, and I think I did better than they did over the long haul, " he says. Scher makes a pretty good case for sticking with one company: First of all, the one company man will be working and earning all the time the job jumper is between jobs, looking for new ones. Fringe benefits include a month's vacation each year and a secure retirement on a company pension. "IT'S SECURITY actually, " Hap says. He notes he had a job all during the depression. Some people Hap talks to are amazed when he tells them how long he's been with the gas company. What it is like to work for one firm all those years? "No, it's not monotonous," Hap replies on that point. "The problems vary from day to day (he services big gas ranges in restaurants and institutions), as do the people." Did he ever feel that he was trapped by routine? "I GUESS it occurs to everyone at one time or another to go out in the sticks and make a living on your own, but you can't make a living doing that," comments Scher, who is an ardent camper and fisherman. Originally, Hap did not intend to make his job with the gas company permanent,. He had wanted to make his career in electrical work, and took the gas company job as a temporary measure while looking for another position. However, the job became a habit for him. Scher's nickname "Hap" was given to him by a friend of his father's when he was a boy because he was always "happy." It's stuck ever since. "I've tried to live up to it," Hap adds. Coming to California in 1918, when he was 14, Scher took several other jobs before he hired on at the gas company. Since then, he worked out of several of the company's "bases," as he calls its office, in Los Angeles prior to the Riverside Division four years ago. At that time, he and his wife, Laura, took up residence in a trailer home which they had originally planned to buy when he retires later this year.
(Photo of Hap with Fishing Pole, with caption....Looking forward – When Clarence Scher goes on retirement later this year, he'll look back on 46 years of service with one company – but right now, he's looking forward to going fishing when he retires.) _________________________
TRADE PAPER ARTICLE: The following article is from the trade paper GAS NEWS, dated Sept. 20, 1966, page 5. News about Gas Co., People at Home and at Work.
Scher Plans to Include Fishing, Rock Hounding. LOS ANGELES – C. J. Scher has planned a varied agenda for his retirement years which began this month - an agenda which includes travel, garden work, trailering, camping, fishing, rock hounding and, he adds, loafing. Scher began work for the Company in 1920. He has worked as a Helper and Partsman at Santa Fe and as a Serviceman at Alhambra, Channing Street and Huntington Park. The native of Illinois also worked as a storekeeper in Alhambra and a Commercial Serviceman in Riverside and Alhambra. He has been a member of the Gas Co Rod and Gun Club, and the Blue Flame Trailer Club. He is married to Laura Eva Scher.