A Room For The Summer: Adventure, Misadventure, And by Fritz Wolff

By Fritz Wolff

In A Room for the summer season, Fritz Wolff takes the reader on a memorable trip into the rough-and-tumble global of hardrock mining, recounting his studies either above and lower than flooring as an apprentice engineer throughout the overdue 1950s.In June 1956, on the age of eighteen, Wolff went to paintings for the Bunker Hill corporation in Kellogg, Idaho, within the Coeur d’Alene sector. Arriving in a drained 1939 Chevy coupe, with approximately twenty money in his pocket, Wolff spent 3 university summers operating for Bunker Hill. He discovered firsthand the pleasures of camaraderie with fellow employees and the risks of operating underground.Today the hardrock mining is all yet forgotten. The Bunker Hill corporation is understood, now not since it produced 430 million oz. of silver and never since it supplied a residing for millions of households for greater than a century, yet since it is among the biggest EPA superfund websites. Wolff doesn't idealize the mining undefined; for plenty of employees the stipulations have been nightmarish. yet in spare, lyrical prose, he inspires the intrinsic goodness of an easier time, whilst hard-working parents went approximately their company with braveness, humor, and many gumption.

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Ya never get nowhere ’less you’re lucky enough to find a good woman and settle down in one place. ” “Stay out of the bars late Friday and Saturday nights. Leastways, out in Pinehurst. Finns can be tough, ya know. ” “Thanks. ” The next day I made my way to the hiring office, just a block away in the old red brick YMCA building. A crowd of job seekers lined the steps leading up to the office. Thinking that I was probably already on the fast track with my letterhead offer, I slipped past them and placed it surreptitiously on the secretary’s desk.

The dresser stood so close to the front of the bed I couldn’t open it more than four inches. No bullet holes and no kicked-in plasterboard from bodies ricocheting down the hall toward the common bathroom. I went back and told Dora, “Sure, you bet. That’ll work just fine. ” “We need to know who ya are and where yer a-workin’. Aside from that the guys come and go as they please. Our regulars are a fairly quiet bunch and we don’t seem to have a whole lot of trouble with drinkin’ and hell raisin’ from them.

The room was stuffed with an iron frame bed, a straightback chair in one corner and a cheap, three-drawer dresser. The dresser stood so close to the front of the bed I couldn’t open it more than four inches. No bullet holes and no kicked-in plasterboard from bodies ricocheting down the hall toward the common bathroom. I went back and told Dora, “Sure, you bet. That’ll work just fine. ” “We need to know who ya are and where yer a-workin’. Aside from that the guys come and go as they please. Our regulars are a fairly quiet bunch and we don’t seem to have a whole lot of trouble with drinkin’ and hell raisin’ from them.

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