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Fern Ballou, Executive Secretary

Fern Ballou, Executive Secretary And Area 5 Coordinator

Back when I graduated from high school women had few choices.  You either became a teacher, nurse, telephone operator (What’s that?) or secretary.  I chose to go to Gates Business College in Augusta, Maine.  I enrolled in the Legal Secretarial course (now Legal Assistant).  The attorney, Mr. Pierce, who taught the course asked me to work for him afternoons and Saturdays which I did and when I completed the course, he hired me full time.  I continued until I got married and moved to Boston with my husband, Bob.  Within a week I had a job as secretary for the attorney of the Boston Insurance Co.  We had to drive into Boston and back home to Hingham  five days a week.  We were eating dinner at 8:30 at night.  When Mr. Pierce asked if we planned to return to Maine, Bob said if you’ve got a job, let’s give up this rat race and go back to Maine which we did.  He soon had a job for the old Tydol (Flying A) Company and it later became Getty Oil Co.  In a couple years we started our family and I didn’t work anymore.  That’s what we did back then.  We stayed home with the kids.  I didn’t go back to work until our daughter was in college and our son was in high school.  It wasn’t many years before we became winter visitors to Florida.  But I still wanted to work.  I had a job every winter for a law firm in Venice and every summer for a bank in Maine.  My husband said, “Fern never had a job she didn’t like.”  And that is still true.  When younger attorney’s took over the law firm and downsized and I went to work for Neilson’s Reporting and then they closed the Venice office, I thought that was the end of my working years.  But then, I met Mr. Brazell (Rob) at church and he asked for my resume and here I am.  I am very happy I can be of help to people who need it.

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