Thursday, June 02, 2005

Muck Scrubbers

You think you have a lousy job? Try being a muck scrubber.

A muck scrubber was a young man (some as young as 6) whose job it was to clean the "muck" from the bottom of cotton mill feeding machines. Their 12 hour day started at about 6:00 a.m. and ended with some gruel for dinner at 6:00 p.m. This was done 7 days a week for about the price of room and board.

Everyday job hazards included amputation of various body parts, mostly hands and fingers, but even feet and sometimes even heads were involved. The only benefit provided was a small bed (shared with one other mucker)and it's bedding. Yikes!

Hmmm... all of a sudden, cleaning King Henry's tooshy doesn't seem like such a bad job.
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You can watch this fascinating job, and more, on A&E all this week.

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