298 Most Texas Employment Commission records relating to Oswald
On Monday morning, September 23, 1963 as Ruth Paine and Marina were preparing
to leave New Orleans, Mr. Olin Benjamin Hamilton telephoned the Texas Employment
Commission (TEC). Hamilton requested that applicants for the position of warehouseman
be referred to his company, Semtner Drug Depot (2416 South Central Expressway,
Dallas), for possible employment. One of the applicants sent by the TEC was Lee
Harvey Oswald, who he remembered as a white American, age 27, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8,
slender build, dark hair, and wearing a suit.
(From the FBI report on the Hamilton interview
When Hamilton told Oswald that warehousemen were paid $1.35 per hour,
Oswald said that he would not take less than $1.50 per hour as he had a wife and two
children to support (Oswald's 2nd child, Rachel, was not born until October 20). Lee Harvey
Oswald failed to make a good impression with Hamilton, who remembered that he was
arrogant and unfriendly.
NOTE: The TEC office that interviewed applicants for warehouse positions was the
industrial office at 1206 Ross Blvd. Nobody from this office, including Harry Sanderson
who remembered Oswald, was interviewed by the Warren Commission. Most of the TEC
records relating to Oswald disappeared after they were turned over to the FBI, and none
of the surviving documents show that Oswald was referred to the Semtner Drug Depot.
(John Amstrong, Harvey & Lee
, p. 601)
(page from one of Armstrong’s notebooks indicating TEC offices, Armstrong collection, Baylor