CHAPTER VI. MY APPRENTICESHIP DAYS.
Early in October, 1838, I went to Parkesburg, Chester County, Pennsylvania, as an apprentice, to learn the trades of blacksmithing and comitry maclUne work. These con¬ sisted of doing such work as was required by the farmers and small manufacturers of the neighborhood, such as the shoe¬ ing of horses, ironing wagons, carts, and carriages, and all work required of a smith; and in the machine line, repairs wanted by the farmers on their threshing machines and other machinery used about the farms, and also both the smith and macliine work for repairs and renewals required by the cotton, woolen, and other manufacturers, such as grist and saw miUs, blast furnaces, and forge plants.
At the shop where I worked there were four smith fires, four anvils, and for that time a fair supply of small smith tools and stocks, taps, and dies for cutting screws. There were also two small lathes for turnmg iron, and a small lathe for doing pattern work; at times the latter was used for turning and finishing Ught brass work, all on wooden shears or beds. There was also a very good makeshift of a drill- press bolted up against a ten-inch wooden post. AU of these tools were of the crudest character, but capable of doing, in a very elementary way, such macliine work as was re¬ quired in the neighborhood. In addition there was a set of roUs for bending boiler plate, shears and punch, and a kit of small boiler maker's tools, which put the shop in a position to do boUer making in a smaU way.
The power to drive these tools was a six-horse-power