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Catalog Number 2005.039.0001
Object Name Tape, Cassette
Scope & Content Interviewed by Steve Williams in 2004.

Worked at several different slate companies in New York and Vermont including Newmont Slate Company and QSI.

Worked in construction for 50-odd years. He wanted to work around home instead of traveling around the country. With construction, you need to follow the work. He was an operating engineer in construction, belonged to Union. Used large machinery such as bucket loaders. Has experience using large, heavy equipment. Likes using bulldozers and loaders. Used to run loaders over to Whitehall, NY when they were building Route 87 (the Northway). Did that for three years. Located a job right to home, didn't have to travel, but 5 miles and it was a little closer by. "Did road work and that was after my operation . . . I worked 40 hours but didn't have to work 40 hours but that was after my operation."

At Newmont:
"Sometimes it would be an all day job but most generally it would be 3 or 4 hours. You might say I'm kind of my own boss. Unless they want something out of the ordinary, I do it, clean up my own mess, and that is all there is all to it. I'm kind of a self-starter. I like to be producing all the time. I don't know. A lot of guys . . . .they don't care whether they produce anything or not. I like to produce and be productive."

Moving slag:
"Well, yeah, but they haul that stuff up there on top of where I am with trucks. Once in a while I have to build a road for them. I had to go up there with a crusher because the backhoe would only reach so far. That went on for 2 years . . . after that it got to be pretty steep because it got to be so much . . ."

"If I got to build a road, it is a little harry. That, you know, if you run a piece of equipment for as many years as I have you know what you can do. I don't try to do anything illegal or anything of that nature--someone could get hurt."

The slag:
"That is what I take care of."

What happens after an explosion, rubble in the pit:
"They load it in trucks and they bring it up to me. They keep the pit clean so you can drive around down in the pit. Once in a while I have to go down and reshape the roads. It gets pretty rough but normally they keep it with the backhoe they can fill in the potholes or whatever. They keep it pretty good. I don't have to go down very often. Just once in a great while. I have only been down there once since [illeg.]. With a backhoe, you can do a lot, you can keep a road pretty decent."

After they fire a shot, they start out with the good and the bad . . . you got to know your rock to do that. They have a couple guys down in the pit who are good rockmen. They know what they are doing. You can waste a lot of rock."

Where does the rubble go?
"It is pretty rough terrain. There are wet spots and so forth and so on . . ."

What happened on Buttons Falls Road?
"They've worked up probably within 20 feet of where the old hole was and they stopped and they run a beeline right up through. They staying away from the old hole. The filled in the old hole and are using it for a road now . . . they got water running in there now and they think it is coming from the old hole. The road never settled that much because it was all filled in with rubble. It pretty stable it don't move or go anywhere. They tried to get stone too close to the road. That is what happened there. They kept trying to get the good rock but got too close to the road. But I don't know how that is going to work out because that rock moves. I got a quarry where Rick Genier was working. The rock will be moving for the next ten year. It rains on it and it loosens up the stones or a little dirt or something. A rock will fall down and another one will fall and it kind of starts a landslide. It don't move too much but a rock pile is always moving. After a while it will quit."

Any other stories?
"No I haven't been down to the museum. I been down there once when they were starting it up and I thought they were starting a good job. I haven't been down there for a while."

Conclusion of interview.
Physical characteristics
Creator Williams, Stephen T.
Title George Botsford, Oral History