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"Down the Chute..."

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Posted: Jan 25, 2013 7:40 PM by Pat Shingleton
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Topics: Coal Chutes, The Coal Man

Saturday's column highlighted the workings of a coal furnace and as noted in a previous column, the arrival of the coal truck was a treat for me and my brother Kevin. With faces pressed against the living room window, the coal-man positioned his dump truck adjacent to the basement "coal" window." His metal chute was attached to the exterior and once the truck bed was elevated, here came the coal. For us it was the excitement of watching a dump truck dump and the sound of the coal funneling down the chute; rumbling below us into the coal cellar. It sounded like bowling balls hitting a tin roof. The only way the coal-man made his delivery was "if" the ground was frozen. A stuck truck was even more exciting.

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