Advanced Oil Well Drilling Engineering by Bill J Mitchell

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The Early Years, 1911–1939 27 Another great friend was A. Lincoln Washburn and his wife, Tahoe. Washburn had set his sights on a professorship in geology, and he finally achieved it at the University of Washington, where he served with distinction. Another member of the Yale faculty was Alan M. Bateman, who taught economic geology. I was to work with him on the Board of Economic Warfare during World War II. Alan became my model for professionalism and confidence. He often told this story: “The world’s three greatest economic geologists were standing on a hill in South Africa.

Chapter 2 The Early Years 1911–1939 Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. —abraham lincoln, advice to a young attorney The Palouse country in southeastern Washington State is known for deep, rich soil that produces abundant crops. The undulating grasslands called the Palouse Hills were sculpted about ten thousand years ago during the Wisconsin glacial age when loess, soil carried by the wind from the outwash of glaciers, covered parts of the Pacific Northwest.

All joking aside, our food costs hovered at around 40 percent of sales, about double the average these days. No wonder we didn’t make much money! During the winter months, Dad and Mother went south to California to look for other work, leaving Margaret and me to run the café. While the responsibility was no doubt good for us, we learned early on how stressful it could be to rush the daily receipts to the bank just in time to cover the checks we had written! While learning these important business skills, I tried not to neglect my studies.

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