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Editors’ Note: The manuscript for this chapter came to us through the good graces of Preston Cloud who received it from Walter H. Brattain, Nobel Laureate in Physics and son of the author. It is printed here with the kind permission of Mrs. Walter H. Brattain. The editors believe that inclusion of this piece lends authenticity and color to this section dedicated to the contributions to North American geology as a result of organized effort.


After I had finished my second year at Whitman (Whitman State College), Wink Worthington and I rode our bicycles to Spokane. It seems that Leslie (Leslie Brattain, Ross Brattain’s brother) was still reading law with Blake & Post or had gone into some office to get experience. Anyway he had living rooms and Wink and I stayed there while looking for a job. Wink read in the paper that there were some U.S.G.S. men at the Hotel Spokane who wanted to hire some young men to work for the summer on an Idaho-Montana line survey. College men who had some knowledge of such work preferred. He went to see them and took me. He had worked with his brother surveying and I had worked on a job of subdividing a township and also I had experience as a packer. We were both hired. The engineer in charge was a Mr. Rayburn and the head man to start us off was a Mr. Gannett. (Henry Gannett, illustrious geographer and topographic engineer). We were given tickets and told to report at Heron, Montana, which was the closest railroad point to our point of departure. All we had to take with us were clothes to wear on the job, everything else was furnished by the U.S.G.S. We reported as directed and found Mr. Rayburn and Mr. Gannett there and a packer by the name of McQuirck and with him ten pack mules with Mexican aparejos and two saddle horses with men’s saddles, one of which was white and the bell mare of the pack train.

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