Vincent "Vince" Simons Interview, November 1988
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Vincent “Vince” Simons describes moving to Montana from South Dakota by hopping a boxcar in 1931 in hopes of finding a lucrative job as a miner during the Great Depression. Simons recalls finding a job in 1933 with a gold dredging operation in Pioneer Gulch, Montana, working for the Pioneer Placer Dredging Company. Simons discusses the construction of the Mosier dredge, what sorts of materials were used in the construction process, the mechanics of the dredge in operation, and discusses the volume of earth the dredge could move and particularly large strikes. He also views photos of the dredge that indicate the various stages of construction and points out the different pieces of equipment and how they functioned. Simons talks about disputes among dredge workers and instances of “crookedness” within the dredging operation, as well as disputes between the company owners and surrounding landowners.
- Simons, Vincent "Vince"
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- University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
- Great Depression, 1929-1939
Pioneer Gulch, Montana
Wall City, Montana
Powell County, Montana
Gold Creek Mining Company
Pioneer Placer Dredging Company
Gold mines and mining, Equipment and supplies
Dredges, Design and construction
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- Simons, Vincent "Vince". Vincent "Vince" Simons Interview, November 1988. 1988-11-01T08:00:00Z. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, https://scholarworks.umt.edu/mtunionsandlabor_oralhistory/10. (Accessed February 28, 2021.)
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- Simons, Vincent "Vince", (1988-11-01T08:00:00Z) Vincent "Vince" Simons Interview, November 1988. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, https://scholarworks.umt.edu/mtunionsandlabor_oralhistory/10
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- Simons, Vincent "Vince". Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <https://scholarworks.umt.edu/mtunionsandlabor_oralhistory/10>.