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Hubbard native remembers steel

June 4, 2013

Rick Rowlands remembers being a little boy in Hubbard and watching the trains leaving Valley Mould Company....

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Jun-09-13 10:25 AM

Even though this life is not part of my heritage, I often sit for periods of time(I live on a sailboat now), and just try to imagine living day to day ... barely getting by and worrying what would happen to me(or my family), if I got hurt, then fired/lose my my job to boot.

So, while STEEL might have been KING to the "valley", it is the steel workers that really made the "valley".

Even though they weren't my kind of people, they must have been one heelll of a people.

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Jun-09-13 10:18 AM

I'm not from the "valley", although I ran a business in the "valley", for almost 30 years.

I'm historical in nature and a deep researcher of facts regarding my business.

While performing a survey of the North Star Steel plant for Lone Star Steel(Lone Star, Texas), my research went far beyond deeds and easements.

Suffice to say, the "valley's", forefathers were about the hardest working group of people I can imagine. Hard work and danger was a daily routine for a man to keep his family fed and clothed.

These workers were exploited, cheated and cast off like old horses, until the unions came in... and that was initially an even worse time for workers.

The "valley's" forefathers' fight to live and what they evetually meant to the "valley", has pretty much been forgotten.

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