Water well drilling has been a part of our family since the early 1900s, when as a young boy, my wife's grandfather, Ulysses S. "Bud" Dean, Jr. began drilling water wells with his father, Ulysses S. Dean, Sr.
An old family photograph taken at the Turner Farm in Harlansburg (see below) shows young Bud standing alongside his father in front of a steam powered wooden drilling rig. Bud continued drilling water wells into his adult life. In the 1960s, he hired a young man by the name of Elmer Stewart, Sr., my father, to work as his associate.
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William was a physical education instructor in the Ellwood City School District by day and a water well drilling contractor by night. With a young family to raise and a growing business, William started drilling full-time in the early 1970s. Upon Joseph's retirement from the plumbing industry, William relocated Dean Drilling to Princeton and worked out of the former Gareth A. Boyd Plumbing shop location.
In 1992, William hired me as a subcontractor. I met my future wife, Beth Ann Dean, while I was working with her father. William and I worked alongside one another until he passed away in November 1996.
Dean Drilling continued to operate for a few months after William's passing until the family decided to close the business and refer all work to Stewart Drilling LLC. Stewart Drilling LLC continues to operate from the Princeton location that was once home to Dean Drilling and the G.A. Boyd Plumbing businesses.
Beth Ann Dean and I were married in April 2000. We continue in the tradition of water well drilling by operating Stewart Drilling LLC. In December of 2002, we had a son, William W. Stewart, who will hopefully one day carry on the family business.
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