pocharbeiter -- German mine related job description

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On 18 Sep 2020 Michael Schindler wrote on German Orphan Immigrants to USA:

A common job description found in the emigrant files is listed as a pocharbeiter. A direct translation is not easy to find. poch meaning pound or stamp (for one variant. So, Pochwerk, or a Poch, is a stamping machine, and the worker (arbeiter) is one who does the work using the stamping machine. Go to this German wikipedia page to read the full description of this work, and why it was important. a Paragraph or two copied here. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pochwerk A Pochwerk or a Poche , also known as a stamping mechanism, shock mechanism, percussion mechanism or Pocherich, was a machine used to crush ore . [1] Stamp mills were mostly integrated into the smelters and iron hammers . [2] The technical director of a stamping mill was Pochsteiger called. [3] A permit from the mining authority was required to operate a stamping mill. [1] Stamp mills were also used in other stamping mills , such as oil mills , tinder mills , bone mills ,Blue ink mills and powder mills used. The raw ore from the ore mines had to be processed before being smelted . [4] Some ores had such a low metal content that you first had to smash them in order to be able to process them further. Such low-grade ores were referred to as throbbing. [5] Depending on the grain size achieved, the respective punching process was called coarse pounding, Rösch pounding or fine pounding. With coarse punching, grain sizes between four and eight millimeters are achieved, with Röschpochen the grain sizes were two millimeters and with fine punching one millimeter. [6]The resulting crushed ore was known as punching flour or punching stuff. If the punching flour was sharp-edged, it was called the crunchy witness ; if it was only slightly rough, it was called the mild witness . If the pounder did not pay close attention to the pounding process and the ore was pounded too long, the ore particles were crushed into fine flakes. These platelets could not be used for further processing because they floated on the water and were washed away. Such particles were said to be “the ore has been knocked to death”. [7]

in Genealogy Help by Michael Schindler G2G6 Mach 1 (10.1k points)
Michael has posted a valuable translation. Stamp mill, Stamping mill, Stamp battery describe a fundamental process to break down ore by pounding and essential in C19th gold and copper mining.

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In an old german-English dictionary from 1847 I found the translation: Halvaner.

A halvaner is a miner who dresses or washes halvan-ore.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Michael Schindler
Halvan ore is an ore with a lot of impurities.
Gold ore must be very Halvan. A little gold with lots of impurities.

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