History Continued

Sometime between 1929 and 1933, the family moved into Hornell and took up residence in a 4 bedroom house on the corner of 231 Grand Street. Ross continued to do odd jobs, shingling a nearby house, wiring , as well as setting up radios for various people and keeping his Roadster in good repair. He mentioned in his 1933 diary that he removed and replaced the shock absorbers on his car. He fixed up the family's old Model T Ford in April of that year, and his father sold it after ordering a new car (Ford V8) for the family.
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However Ross decided that he really wanted to work on airplanes and convinced his Dad to let him go to DW Flying School in Leroy, New York, where he took a mechanics course. This course cost about $200 and required him to stay in Leroy. There weren't very many students in this school and they really didn't teach much. In order to keep busy Ross ended up making hinge pins and other airplane parts on the lathe.
   
In late June 1933 his Aunt Aimee in Cortland, whom he was visiting, mentioned that someone at the Cortland Airport was hiring. Ross went over and applied for work with the Ed Link group. Since he had gone to flight mechanics school they were interested in him, and, after a little negotiating, he was hired. The machine shop foreman said that 'Ed was earning $15 a week, he was earning $12 wk, what would he like?' Ross suggested $9 week and that became his salary.
This wasn't enough money for Ross to get an apartment, so he stayed and slept in the office at the hanger. He existed on peanut butter and jam sandwiches for morning and lunch and went downtown in the evening for a 35-cent meal at a local diner. Ed Link's wife offered to make sandwiches for the workers at $5 a week, but that was too much for Ross to pay. It wouldn't leave enough for repairs and gas for his Roadster.
   
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