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Catalog Number 2006.044.0031
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description The many settling bins in the washer took the slack from the coal. With four floors in the big washer, there were many stairs. Many of the children remember running about the building as the washer man, Joe Goulde, played with them. With his extraordinarily long arms, he would grab them when they considered themselves out of his reach. Bob and Tom Sommerville worked in the washer at one time--12hour shifts, they remember, at $3 per day. The track of the tramway ran below the washer. On it traveled the small motor carrying passengers or the big car for feight. Jim Reese ran the motor. - Ald. p. 39

Built in 1902, this coal washer in Aldridge had many settling bins taking the slack from the coal. There were many stairs in the four levels. Children of the day remember running about the building as the washer man, Joe Golde, played with them. Bob and Tom Sommerville worked in the washer at one time - 12-hour shifts at $3 per day. - P.V. p.32
Photographer Bill Whithorn
Title Inside the Aldridge Washer
Collection Whithorn Collection