This Oklahoma farm boy got into the mining and underground
industry by accident.
I was working for the Santa Fe railroad in Cleburne, TX when they had a big lay off.
The only other good paying jobs I had heard about was at the nearby Nuclear Power
Plant being built at Grandbury, TX by Brown & Root Construction. I went to apply
for a job and they were only hiring miners and they said I had a job if I was willing to
learn. So I worked there in the huge tunnels until the job was complete.
|This is the Section 30W uranium mine of Kerr McGee located North of Grants, NM. I first started out as a contract roof bolter because they had not used resin bolts before and I had done plenty on tunnel job in TX. Not knowing any better, I thought I had a great job because I could put in over 100 per day.|
|This is Gene Montano of Grants, NM. After about 9 months of roof bolting, Gene ask me to be his contract partner. I was really honored because he was one of the best at Kerr Mc. We worked great together and had many interesting experiences.|
The photo on the right shows my disgust of being sent to a stope with NO ORE!
|Here I am receiving my 5 year Hard Hat from Kerr Mc Gee. Left to right is Norman Holton, Eddie Beverly, Paul Nowka, and Jim Misner.|
While in Grants, NM my main form of R&R was hauling our horses to the mountains
and camping out over the week-ends and exploring around the mountains on the
horses with my wife and our 2 boys. Photo taken in 1981.
The upper right photo is of a carving that says,
"A man died here for you, are you living for him"?
Photos from the NV Nuclear Test Site
While at REECO our Mine Rescue Team was asked do a demonstration and set up a
booth at the DOE public display in the Boulevard Mall in Las Vegas. People that had
never known there was such a thing as Mine Rescue stopped to ask about what we
were doing and signed up for more info about the benefits of having Mine Rescue
Teams, how they train, and what all they do.
Photos of the Trophy Case and Trophies won by our Mine Rescue Team being
donated by REECO to the local Laborers Union to display after REECO shut
down operations at the Test Site.
Photos when I was MSHA Inspector
Photos at Yucca Mt. with Kiewit/PB