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I Wonder as I WanderThe Life of John Jacob Niles$
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Ron Pen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125978

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125978.001.0001

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After graduating, Niles started work with the county survey crew, cutting brush, dragging chains, and driving stakes. His work was hard and not any more challenging than his work on his parents' farm. But unlike his work at the farm, his current work provided an income. In August 1910, Niles was hired in Burroughs Adding Machine Company because they saw his talent in fixing machines. Niles worked as a “mechanical inspector” for a year in Louisville, and traveled to central Kentucky to repair machines. These travels also conveniently served as an excuse to collect songs. In 1912, Niles moved completely away from home for the first time. The Burroughs Company decided to relocate him to their Lexington office, thereby introducing him to the city where he eventually resided from 1937 until his death.

Keywords:   machines, Burroughs Company, repair, Lexington, work

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