Teamsters Local 237

Irish Heritage 2014

William J. Horstmann

William Horstmann

Maintenance Worker
College of Staten Island
City University of New York

William J. Horstmann says he values his union benefits. He has 20 years of service and has been a shop steward for 5.  “I have a great time doing it,” says Horstman, who is married with two grown daughters. A carpenter by trade, he also enjoys making home renovations and birdhouses.

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Hercules Cornish: Caretaker J Stores Man

Herclules CornishHercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.

Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.

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