Employees

High level staff included:

Manager

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Assistant manager
Superintendent of the metallurgical (the science of separating metals from their ores) dept.
Engineer
Chief clerk (ordered materials and supplies)
Accountant
Weigh master

Technicians:
Assayers, stationery engineers, blacksmiths

These positions, plus the foremen, supervised approx. 200 men.

Manual labor positions:

Unloading rail cars
Transporting ore and fuels around the smelter using wheelbarrows on tramways

Rabbling roasting ores (a tool or mechanically operated device used for stirring or mixing a charge in a roasting furnace). 

Loading charges into blast furnaces
Dumping slag pots
Cleaning out hearths, flues and dust chambers
Support staff at the boardinghouse

Pay ranged from $1.75-$4.00/day, which today is the equivalent of $38.00- $87.00/day.

In 1896, there were approximately 150 men employed at the silver smelter.  But turnover was high, which could be attributed to:

*Exhausting and difficult work
*10-12 hour work days
*Operation fluctuations
*Extreme heat during the summer months, which made working in the roaster and blast furnace houses even hotter than usual.

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