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Catalog Number 2005.023.0001
Object Name Tape, Cassette
Scope & Content An oral history of Perley Conlin's experience with the slate industry, recorded by Stephen Williams on 10 June 2004.

Perley Conlin earned the nickname "Gadget" when he started working at the Evergreen Slate Company at 17 years of age; the foreman called him that remember him. Altogether, he worked 18 years for Sheldon Slate, later at Hilltop Slate, and 5 years at Evergreen Slate Co.

Generally, he worked on everything: rigging, "cold cutting blocks" - 6", 8" thick and 2 feet. to 4 feet long, checked grain for cutting, and drilled holes. The marker made the hole larger than the drilled one, put in the plug, hit it with an 8 lb. hammer; for cross grain, used a beadle (?) hammer. Now, all done by saw - grain not sought by sawyer - waste. Worked in pit - used quarry sticks at Sheldon Quarry.

Trucks began to be used in the late 60's, early 70's. Army surplus trucks used at first. Black powder used for blasting. Most of work done inside now, can work all winter. Green colors freeze easily..

Changes in slate industry? Use of excavators, back hoes, quarry roads, trucks in pit, more waste now (90%)

Punching slate: Check for broken corners, put them on top for punching so it will be underneath other slate on roof. Slate up to 1/2 " can be punched in one stroke. Slate is often pre-cut for size before punching - not done at Evergreen Slate
Creator Williams, Stephen T.
Title Perley Conlin, Oral History