|Object Name||Tape, Cassette|
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Since 1937 - worked with father, taught by him.
Easier to work above the rim then in the pit -
-have to study the grain, know where to drill holes eliminated much waste.
- splitting requires great skill
(Leadle man) made block of wood - 6 ft long - to cut stone on grain after plug is used.
- father worked in pit.
- my son now has a plastic beadle - put metal rims for weight
- gas engines - then electricity came to South Poultney
- boom derricks used when you were young? yes
- after Depression business became slow - market for roofing slate
War took labor force.
Other quarries? Hampton (Circle-hard to split) south Poultney
late 1940's - flagstone-to Granville.
father died - worked in Fair Haven - then back to South Poultney
then roofing slate, now in former Rising and Nelson Quarry, buying other properties, mineral rights.
Green slate, big seller now.
Gray/black - can't bring too much to surface before winter, danger of freezing/ some freeze at different temperatures.
- keep it in ground as long as you can, so it won't dry out.
-foreign slate hurts our sales
Spanish, African, Chinese
When we buy from overseas, will ship it to your site cheaper then local companies
-flagging business is good now
for patios, walks, if too hard for roofing, can be sculpted for building blacks
-great advantage for slate roofing- well over 100 years.
can't effective in long run
-environmental impact? Water non-polluting- under grandfather clause on dumping.
-Button Falls road? too close to road-clay deposits slid
- losing calif. market. - Chinese took over
-Sheldon slate? beautiful countertops, etc.
-slate, Vermont won't use crushed slate for highways, towns will use less power when blasting to avoid waste.
|Creator||Williams, Stephen T.|
|Title||Michael Rupe, Oral History|