GeoTechnical Corporation Crew
Miles City, Montana
John Janssen (front row, left)
John said this was the second time they took this group picture. The first time, he was dressed up like the rest of the crew. For whatever reason, they had to retake the picture, but he didn't get the memo. He was working on his truck when somebody came and told him he needed to come over for a picture--right away. So he came as he was. (He had a good chuckle while telling the story.)
John said he was paid 72 cents/hour while working for GeoTech, the highest hourly wage he ever made. They would drill a series of "shot holes" and put a charge of dynamite down the holes. (That probably explains the dynamite we weren't suppose to play with as children!) They'd string a cable along the road, which had a series of receptors attached to it. Later, they'd set the charges off, recording the vibrations in a recording truck. The recording told them what type of geological formations were in the area.
John worked for GeoTech for a little more than two years. They worked in Montana and Wyoming in the summer. When it got cold, they went South. John said they put in one winter in Oklahoma and one winter in Texas. When they ran out of work, the crew broke up. John came back to Montana and went to work for a drilling company.