December 23, 2013

No intention of going to work lasts nearly 29 years



"I think you should apply" said Barb Lauer’s father-in-law Ted Lauer, when he learned that there would be an opening at the local bank. "I had no intention of going to work at that time," laughed Barb.

And work she did, retiring this year after 28 and three quarters years (from April 15, 1985).

She recalls she started work when her youngest son Jeremy was in second grade and now he is back home in McClusky, teaching second grade.

She started as teller, a job she enjoyed as she had the "fun of seeing people at the teller window" She added, "I was always good at being accurate with numbers, so I didn’t have to fix many mistakes." Coffee break would come in second, she laughs, to what she enjoyed most about work.

Changes over the years in the bank have made work faster but more complicated. The old "tractor-type" computers were huge and their disks were also big. Now the tapes are tiny, used for storage of data in much smaller areas than before.

The number of employees has remained fairly consistent, about ten. New employees like herself often thing it is an easy job, that you just take money and count it. "That is not the case," she stated. It is much more complicated.

Barb was in charge of ordering money; counting and dispersing it to the drawers. "I was the vault teller."

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