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A teamster’s job was moving drilling rigs and was a very important part of the early years of the Canadian gas industry. In the early 1900’s the pay for moving a drilling rig was $2.00 per day for the man, his wagon and the team of horses. Later in the 1920’s teamsters received $6.00 per day for this service. Some days started as early as three am to feed the horses and leave by four am and may not have ended until eleven pm.
It could take as many as four or six teams to pull the draw-works and tower of the Canadian rigs which were on skids. If the teams were far from home the farmers would put them up for the night but the teamsters had to have their own feed for the horses.
Work could be plenty if there were many rigs working in the same area but sometimes there was no work at all.
This rig weighs 16 tons and would have taken six teams of horses to move it.
The following is a list in recognition of the dedicated teamsters in the Haldimand area :
TEAMSTERS MOVING DRILLING RIGS
|Sam Penrose||South Cayuga Twp.|
|Louis Moore||York-Seneca Twp.|
|Joe J. Hoover||1910 at $2.00 per day||Selkirk|
|Bill Booth||1930's-1940's at $6.00/day||Cheapside|
|Norman (Shanty) House||Stevensville|
|Charles Henry Marshall||1914||Port Alma|
|E. Gibbons||1922||Port Burwell|
|William Legatt||1910||Rainham Centre|
|N. Wes||1923||Woodhouse Twp|