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Pat Shingleton: "It's the Coalman!"

1 year ago Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:24:53 AM CST January 26, 2014 Sunday, January 26 2014 Jan 26, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column

Sunday'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 coalman 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! 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. The sound replicated intervals of bowling balls hitting a tin roof... The only way the coalman made his delivery was "if" the ground was frozen. A stuck truck offered even more excitement.

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