Interview with Oscar Fick
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Date of Interview
Occupation/ Work History
Electrical Engineer and senior manager from 1930s until 1970s.
Mill or Principal Employer
S. D. Warren
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Paper mills - Maine, Sappi Paper - History, S.D.Warren - Maine
Fick was son of Oscar Fick Senior. Oscar Fick Senior was part of a small cadre of professional managers that wrested full control of the company from Warren family descendants in the late 1910s; this group included John Hyde and George Olmstead. Fick Junior and sons or sons in law of this group still ran the mill when it was sold to Scott Paper Company in 1967. The interviewee assisted his father and then became the chief electrical engineer for the mill. S.D. Warren owned a series of hydroelectric dams that provided energy to the mill, the first being built in 1878. Fick’s observations include his impressions of shop-floor life when he first worked summers there while attending engineering school. He recalls strong prejudice against Franco-American workers, and also describes the strong culture of workers bringing personal problems to their supervisors.
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Hillard, Michael, "Interview with Oscar Fick" (2003). S.D. Warren Company. 53.