The Well Driller

The Well Driller

 

The Well Driller is a short documentary about my grandfather, Leo Ladner's life as a water well driller in South Mississippi. He started Ladner's Plumbing and Well Service in the late 1950s. He and his crew would dig water wells using a hand auger and were paid 25¢ per foot. He was not always paid in cash; sometimes, people would make trades for his services. Being a collector of antiques and oddities, he was more than happy to accept unique trades. One customer traded him a "tag house," a small house made completely out of car tags from the year 1938. Now 84 years old, he still tinkers around his shop in Lumberton, Mississippi--and still holds onto the stories and treasures he has picked up along the way. 

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