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Watch and clock repair was always a part of the Easley way
As early as the early nineteenth century, the Easley menfolk have built and repaired clocks.
During the late Civil War times my grandfather, James (Jim) Easley maintained his own mantle pendulum clocks and made what parts needed replacing.  This was an avocation
and not a way of life.  He was a farmer by trade, but very gifted, as were most all of the
males in the clan.  The Easleys were on record as inventors and thinkers, one, the inventor of the principle of carburetion, and, one, a professor of psychology, and yet another, the founder of a city and college, Easley, South Carolina.
  My only brother, Don Easley, was a master watchmaker who served his apprenticeship with a master watchmaker who was a certified railroad watchmaker in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He later extended his training with another master watchmaker in Denver, Colorado where he took his final tests where he actually built a railroad watch and adjusted it to keep time within railroad specifications of the times.  The watches for the railroad engineers and all who carried the railroad watches, were required to keep perfect time in five positions within two seconds per month.
The watches appearing on this page are an Illinois, 19-jewel railroad watch which was one of Don's prize possessions, a Hamilton railroad watch, and a new Swiss watch with a porcelain dial that my daughter, Pamela, had made especially for me by a watchmaker in Switzerland when she was on a violin concert tour of Europe in the late 1970s.  It has never been used or carried on my person.  It remains new and a prized possession from my dear daughter
In addition to Don's talent as a master watchmaker, he was a fine jeweler and designer of fine jewelry and owned his own  jewelry businesses in Boulder, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He also served his country in the U.S. Navy as a watchmaker and an aircraft instrument technician in the Pacific theater and for the U.S Air Force at Kirtland Air Force Base at Albuquerque.
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