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72 years working: 84-year-old Dragoo has no plans to retire


November 3, 2019

Lawrence Dragoo started working full time when Harry S. Truman was president.

And he has no intention to retire.

"My dad died when I was 12," Dragoo said last week. "I had to help my mother. So, I went to work for W.K. Snyder Oil. I've been working full time ever since."

He celebrated his 84th birthday on Saturday.

That means he's been on the job for 72 years, something few people can say.

Dragoo worked the oil fields until 1996 when the work played out.

Today, he works for Roy Sampson Coal Co., 811 Plum St., separating water from oil and driving an oil truck.

"I don't ever want to retire,"...

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