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Re: Rodney R. Eaton
Posted by: Annie Carlile (ID *****3078) Date: February 03, 2012 at 13:41:07
In Reply to: Rodney R. Eaton by Jason Gates of 8220

Hi. I'm not related to this family. I found a newspaper article regarding his retirement in Parker:

Yuma Daily Sun (Yuma, Arizona)- 1973 > April > 8

PARKER - Rodney R. Eaton, construction & maintenance foreman, Branch of Land Operations, retired January 5, 1973. His civilian career spanned a 27 year period of service to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Colorado River Agency, Parker.
In his work he planned and directed the field construction work accomplished by force account and directed the irrigation maintenance and rehabilitation activities for the Colorado River Irrigation Project during a period of increasing development. The subjugated acreage increased from 33,800 acres in 1963 to 60,500 acres in 1973. He trained and upgraded the skills of Indian equipment operators and others assigned to the Operation & Maintenance Unit.
In January 1969, Eaton received one of the largest cash awards made by the Colorado River Agency for an adopted suggestion. He developed, from surplus equipment, a mobile paving concrete mixer which saved thousands of dollars during the gunite lining operations on a major lateral. At the same time, he received another cash award for his adopted suggestion involving a sprayer for spraying concrete curing compound.
His objective has been to provide the most efficient service possible for the project water users. His knowledge of equipment and the project has enabled him to efficiently handle many emergency situations which could have resulted in thousands of dollars in crop damage and possible lawsuits against the Irrigation Project. He has directed as effective weed control program along the 266 miles of canals and 120 miles of project drain.
Alfred W. Goucher, representing S.A. Lozar, superintendent, Colorado River Agency, presented a cash award in recognition of Eaton's sustained superior performance during a post retirement party at the Hatch Center Office-Poston on April 6th. Rod's many friends and co-workers joined in making this party a memorable occasion; the O&M staff served refreshments. Rod and Eloise Eaton reside in Parker.


Rodney can be found in the 1920 Census living with his parents in Hamilton, Missouri, along with his siblings Levita M., Charles R., & Etta L.
In 1930 Rodney can be found living with his widowed mother Ruby, along with siblings Leneta M., Charles G., Edda A., Gladys E., Virginia L. & Cloyd M.

Hope this helps. Annie

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