It rained and rained and rained……………Bokes Creek bordered my father’s York Center stone quarry. A bridge was right there on the north west corner of the quarry.
My father kept close watch as it continued to rain and the creek water kept rising up close to the bottom of the bridge. If this continued the creek water would overflow the bridge, flooding the road that ran beside the stone quarry and that water would flow into the stone quarry.
On my father’s orders his working men scrambled to get truck loads of sand and burlap sand bags, hurriedly filling them and closing off the road over to the high banks around the quarry.
Because……….they had to stop that roaring creek water from flowing into the quarry and filling it with water. That would be a catastrophe.
But it kept raining and raining and despite all those men’s furious work to block that rushing, rising creek water we watched as it broke through the bags and rapidly flowed into the quarry. As it continued, it filled the quarry…………………
That put THE ROCKHOLD STONE QUARRY out of business! A VERY SAD DAY…………..
If it were possible to put the pictures of this happening from my brain into my IPad I could show you pictures of this catastrophe. Sorry! I don’t have that ability!
Now, what to do? That’s right! A sump-pump would have to pump that water over the bank surrounding the quarry along Bokes Creek and put the water back into the creek. I don’t remember how long that took but that time was lengthy.
So again as when Old Doc Thompson had put the quarry practically out of business for a couple years we lived the same this time.
When someone ask me “How could you live without any income” I told them “We lived off of what we had”. To someone who knows only living on a paycheck each week that was probably difficult to understand.
Well… to be sure,,,,,you tighten your belt…to manage getting by during the time of recovery when you are again back in business.
But believe me when I say, as we watched that roaring creek water fill the stone quarry with water IT WAS A VERY SAD DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!