Compensation Case


When she was in her early twenties, my Aunt Eliza (Elizabeth Craven) worked in a textile mill in Williamstown, Pennsylvania. Her job title was “Examiner.” She injured her arm at work, and this newspaper clipping refers to her quest to obtain compensation. The clipping is from The Evening News (Harrisburg, PA) of June 10, 1922.

Here is a picture of Aunt Eliza from around that time:


I found a paper trail about the compensation case in the boxes kept by Grandmom (Eliza’s sister). The first is a doctor’s receipt:


Grandmom wrote a thorough letter to Uncle Marty (Martin Doyle) about the situation. She described it as a “long drawn out affair.” It really seems like it was an ordeal for Aunt Eliza. Grandmom mentioned that Eliza was “able to hold her own end with the different men who have interviewed her.” I can believe it: Aunt Eliza was a strong person. The stationery Grandmom used for the letter is presumably from the company she worked for as a secretary.




This letter from a lawyer is addressed to Aunt Eliza’s father. It pertains to the additional compensation she was seeking.


Here is a letter from the textile mills’ insurance company directing Aunt Eliza about getting a medical examination:


Finally, here is a letter from the Department of Labor, about two years after the injury occurred. I don’t know what the final outcome was regarding Aunt Eliza’s compensation case. Whatever it was, they made her work for it.




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