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Old 01-14-2017, 03:54:18 PM
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This is an old family picture of my Grandpa, John Scoville, perhaps circa 1920 or so. He is standing on top of the derrick. I've always wondered why he climbed up there. Are there any old Roughnecks still around that might hazard a guess what he was doing up there?
Putting the wire rope back in the sheave?
Feeding a new wire rope through the sheave?
Showing off?

This pic likely was taken in SE Kansas, NE Oklahoma. He went to work in the oil fields in 1914, when he was 14.

Thanks for any help, Leonard
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I can't tell you what he would have been doing up there, but he obviously had no fear of heights!! If someone had told me back then to climb up there and fix a pulley I would have stolen a line from Cartman on Southpark "screw you guys I'm going home!"
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Someone's got to grease the squeeky wheel. Usually maintenance. Restring cables. Definitely not osha approved.
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Thanks. I think Grandpa got 'grandfathered' by about 50 years on the OSHA standards. Why, I think he used to start the ol 25 Superior by stepping on the spokes. OSHA might have thrown the book at him.
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Must have been a calm day, generally lots of wind in that area.
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As one of our old cowboys said,' I don't mind working on those windmills, as long as I can keep one foot on the ground".
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Man, do I love that one!!
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