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Hands wanted, 1849 ( more details)


newspaper advertisement Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information

   



Hands Wanted
On the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
MEN can now find constant employment and
cash payments on any part of the line of
the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal from Georgetown to Dam 6.       
August 29, 1849.




ID:
wcco003

Creator:
Herald of Freedom

Rights:
Public domain

Notes:
In 1849 the final phase of construction was taking place along the canal between Dam 6 above Hancock, and Cumberland. Consequently this advertisement was seeking company employees for the operating section of the canal up to Dam 6. These would have included common laborers who did general unskilled work, but also, for example, lockkeepers, carpenters, and stone masons. Women were sometimes employed at locks but also might be hired as cooks for a work crews. Men known as “level walkers” were hired as well to walk the towpath on a regular basis, reporting large repairs that were needed, but themselves making smaller repairs such as filling in groundhog holes or removing branches or trees that might have fallen into the canal or across the towpath.

Date:
1849-08-29

Collection Location:
WCFL

Subject:
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md.); Washington County (Md.), History

Coverage:
Maryland, 1824-1938

 
 
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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