Today, March 16th, would have been my dad’s 106th birthday. Work was hard to find when he was a young man. Dad worked as a farmer and took a job for a while doing construction work in Michigan before coming back to Missouri in 1942 to work in a plant that made asbestos shingles in St. Louis. He worked there for 31 years until he had a heart attack and was forced to retire at the age of 61.
He had only been to the doctor once (for a relatively minor foot injury) in all the years he worked at the shingle plant until he had the heart attack. It was at that time that he was also diagnosed with mesothelioma.
He spent the rest of his years on a farm they had purchased in Southeast Missouri around 1970. His health declined in the late 1980’s and he died in 1990 at the age of 78.
The photo is of my dad and mom – date unknown. Click to enlarge.