Monday, February 18, 2013

STEEL BLOWER NO MORE

"deadly assault in jerome" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

George Roop Yuma Prisoner 1897


Found guilty of assault with intent to kill ____ Carpenter, George Roop was put on the Saturday evening train on July 14, 1902 to Yuma, along with James McKay and Wm. Connors.

George Roop's legitimate occupation was steel blower. I had no idea what that was and finally found a definition in a 1890s book. When steel is being poured, it is the job of the steel blower, who stands on a platform, to pull the whistle to alert the workers to stand clear of sparks.

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