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"The principal of operation was equal to what the oil well drillers were using in that it was totally different than what they used to dig a stock well at that time. The principal of operation was to let the water run down the hole and be picked up by a pump on the machine and brought to the top through a six-inch, what we called drill stem, which was fastened to the bit. The bit cut the particles loose, and then the water coming up the drill stem would deliver them into a slush pit, we called it at that point. Into a pond. You had to have water to drill. So, it was a very wet process, a very complicated process as compared to this [digging by hand]."

Gordon Schmidt – How to Drill an Irrigation Well

   

Other Excerpts from Gordon Schmidt & John Steingard's Interview:

Pearl Harbor
Conscientiouis Objectors
Postwar Fertilizer Use
Building Grain Bins
Miracle of Irrigation
Leveling the Land
Plaster Lathe Boxes
Digging Irrigation Wells by Hand
Water Pollution