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Catalog Number 1995.033.0010
Object Name Tape, Cassette
Scope & Content Interview with Dick Thomas

Dick Thomas-78 years old. Started as a "Motion boy" 10 cents an hour. At 13 years old he worked for John Jones as a foreman, after he finished school-Warren Switch, "Smeggin" picking up chips, sold for own profit, trim them. Worked with Tom Barrington, Tom Rowlands, Bob Roberts (Big Bob)
Paul Stritch
Ran a steam engine at Culverson Quarry, in 1915016, lifted rock up and deposited it at workplace. Had a job at Hugh G. Williams as a trimmer, became shypen for Tom Barrington, Ellis Roberts (Broadview Terr) helped him to learn figure, learned to square of slate. Never worked blasting in pit, nicest slate from H G Williams on Wells road, came out in huge pieces. Many friends went to work in quarry, worked in Will Morris quarry, rode to work in wagon at first, got a ride on the truck later, 6 days at 6:45 - 4:30 pm as well as at 12-12:30
$7.50 per week, got to keep 50 cents (from parents)
Trimmer, 30 cents an hour, shipping paid $30 per week.
Not much leisure time-got married in 1919, son worked for Phil Fonda. Now everything is done by machine, the old ways were-3 legger tripod drill, climbed poles to oil the carriage, Welsh and Slovs.
Creator Bob Bascom
Title Bob Bascom Interviews- Audio tapes