10 August 2010

My Very Own Wichita Lineman

Well, he's actually from Georgia.

Luther C. Ross (my second cousin, twice removed in law) was the husband of Flossie Womble. In 1910, about the age of 25, Luther was an electric lineman in Washington County, Georgia. This was a couple of decades after electrification, yet before labor organizations and strict safety standards. Consequently, line work was considered one of the most hazardous jobs in existence. According to Wikipedia, approximately 1 in 3 linemen were killed on the job between the 1890s and 1930s, mostly from electrocution. Luther survived in the trade for about twenty years. In 1930 he was still a county worker, but this time as a superintendent with the water department.

...You know I can't resist -

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