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Catalog Number 2005.037.0005
Object Name Disc, Compact
Scope & Content Bob Bascom CD Volume 5

"History of Slate Industry" Bob Bascom

Compilation of Interviews

Red Zahachek- colors of slate-different methods of extracting needed.
Dick Thomas- "Big Quarry"- 15 ft by 8/10 ft wide
James Covino- young worker (age 10) "making motion signals" 1912, used oil engine, tramway to Raceville, operation, slate and coal.
Carmen DeBonis- on tramway-watched with binoculars, maintenance of tramway.
Ernie Morris- The Depression, old anchers died off, new group followed.
Edward carpenter- owner/operator-sold to Poultagon coustre.
Gomer williams-shanty life, descrip of inside the shanty "soft coal, smokey, blacksmith shop descrip.
Same Jones Sr., Stick "rigger" selection of sticks, 60 day process, oak for stiffners, 9 hr. day. Saltemaker, several interviews
Robert Morris- Rockman-blasting (springtime best) ("Diamond")
Zahachek- "Welsh were best rockmen"
Sam Jones- Hoist-rigger-puts up sticks, cables, from steam to electric, stick sets on pile, not in it, pine (60 ft, 22 in and 70 ft, 18 in, on top of each other.
Used cressale to discourage wood peckers
Gomer williams-Wage Scale, depending on task. Blacksmiths, welsh had system of apprenticeship with exam.

Larry Russon-roofer with slate, variety of colors,installing slate tiles on roof
slate hooks
drawing slate to train, 15-20 carloads of slate shipped each day from Granville.
Physical characteristics
Creator Bascom, Bob
Title Bob Bascom Interview CD's