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Washburn, F. E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1901)

DeLay, F. A.
The junior engineers' trip,   pp. 212-215

Page 212

212               The WVisconsin Engineer.
There is a case in Milwaukee where a graduate from an easte'r
engineering school, failing to find profitable employment in the
East (that is, other than shop work), came West and entered into
a four years' apprenticeship in order to complete his education.
  The graduate in engineering is well fitted to take up a great
variety of positions. Among the more important ones might be
mentioned draughting,. shop work, field work, teaching, and the
operation of steam plants. A graduate who has a thorough knowl-
edge of steam engines and boilers is not required to take an ex-
amination for the position of stationary engineer.
  W\Vhatever position the graduate may choose, let us hope that by
diligent application he may soon rise to a position of responsibility
and trust, and thus reflect credit upon his Alma Mlater.
  The Junior engineers' annual inspection trip was scheduled to
begin at 5:oo a. in., April Tst. To those of us who had never lived
on a farm, the matter of "rousing out" at such an early
hour was
somewhat of a task. Yet about twenty-five junior electricals and
mechanicals managed to reach the depot in time to take the early
train for Milwaukee.
  The party was in charge of Prof. B. V. Swenson, Prof. A. W.
Richter, Prof. E. R. Maurer, and 1\Ir. Budd Frankenfield.
  On arriving at MIilwaukee we went directly to the Hotel
Pfister, where we were met by Prof. Johnson of the Johnson
Electric Service Co. After breakfast Prof. Johnson took charge
of the party.
  The first place visited was the Slocum Straw Hat factory,
where we saw the entire process of straw-hat manufacture. The
straw braid, which is imported, is bleached, dyed, sewed into the
desired shapes, pressed, sized or varnished, trimmed and made
ready for the wearer's head.
  From the hat factory we went to the Pfister & Vogel tannery.
The methods of tanning and preparing leather were found very
interesting and instructive. Very few of us had any idea that
so much work was necessary in order to obtain our shoe leather.
  The afternoon was spent at the shops of the E. P. Allis Co.

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