• Lockhart, Charles S. - Interview and Memoir

    Lockhart, Charles S. (1903-1994)

    Lockhart, firefighter, recalls working in the Springfield Fire Department: race discrimination, neighborhoods, churches, and the black community in Springfield; Depression; and employment and politics…

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  • Gobel, Augustine - Interview and Memoir

    Gobel, Augustine (1909-1987)

    Gobel, Christian County coal miner, recalls his duties in the mines, working conditions and hazards, formation of the Progressive Miners Union, mine war violence, and relations between ethnic groups w…

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  • Borgognoni, Frank - Interview and Memoir

    Borgognoni, Frank b. 1924

    Borgognoni, coal miner, discusses his family history and emigra-tion from Italy, violence between the United Mine Workers and the Progressive Miners of America during the 1930's, tactics employed by t…

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  • Ridley, Bill - Interview and Memoir

    Ridley, Bill (1899-1986)

    Bill Ridley, coal miner, discusses mining in Kansas from his 12th year until 1930, fighting in WWI, the Progressive Miners and John L. Lewis, life in Taylorville during the mine wars of the 1930's, an…

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  • Ozanic, Joseph Sr. - Interview and Memoir

    Ozanic, Joseph Sr. (1895-1978)

    Ozanic, coal miner, discusses various aspects of coal mining during the early and mid 20th century and especially mining unions: the conflict between the Progressive Miners of America and United Mine…

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  • Dougherty, Lena - Interview and Memoir

    Dougherty, Lena b. 1903

    Lena Dougherty, daughter of an Italian immigrant coal miner and wife of a Southern Illinois coal miner, recalls her family background and childhood near Auburn, Illinois: education, immigrant neighbor…

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  • Poole, Joseph - Memoir

    Poole, Joseph (1899-1982)

    Poole, coal miner, discusses mine wars and unions from the 1920's through the 40's: PMA, UMW, prohibition, Charlie Birger and bootleggers, Eldorado and other southern Illinois towns, and his work in t…

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  • Lake, Jesse - Interview and Memoir

    Lake, Jesse b. 1916

    Jesse Lake, coal miner, recalls early mining experiences: management-labor relationship, role of the pit committeemen, changes in the mines, ethnicity in the mining communities of Christian County Ill…

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  • Fries, Frank - Interview and Memoir

    Fries, Frank (1893-1980)

    Fries, retired coal miner from Gillespie, Illinois, discusses union activities. He recalls the violence of the mine war, Mulkeytown march, Progressive Miners of America, United Mine Workers Union, sit…

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  • Dixon, Paul E. - Interview and Memoir

    Dixon, Paul E. (1906-1996)

    Dixon, coal miner, discusses mechanization and other changes in coal mining; working conditions in Peabody mines at West Frankfort and Taylorville; trouble between the PMA and UMW; management and labo…

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  • Hamlin, Melvin - Interview and Memoir

    Hamlin, Melvin (1913-1989)

    Hamlin recalls his years working in the coal mines of Illinois and discusses mine operations and structures, mine conditions, hazards, union activities, wages and working hours, black lung disease, an…

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  • Sanders, Earl V. - Interview and Memoir

    Sanders, Earl V. (1886-1981)

    Sanders discusses late 19th and 20th century life in Pawnee, Illinois: family, the town, coal mining, and daily life. Also recalls experiences as a rural mail carrier and an evangelist.

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  • Wise, Alvin Amuel - Interview and Memoir

    Wise, Alvin Amuel (1913-1992)

    Alvin Wise, coal miner, discusses his mining experiences: mining methods before and after mechanization, the mine wars, the Progressive Miners, family life, and life in Tovey, Illinois.

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  • First Annual Report of the Illinois Women's Auxiliary of the Progressive Miners of America

    Illinois Women's Auxiliary Progressive Miners of America

    Booklet detailing the efforts of the Illinois Women's Auxiliary of the Progressive Miners of America. Much of the text is taken from the Second Constitutional Convention held in Springfield, IL on Nov…

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  • Lidster, Stuart - Interview and Memoir

    Lidster, Stuart b. 1907

    Lidster, coal miner, discusses his career as a coal miner in central Illinois: his immigration to America from England, family life, the mine wars of the 1930's between the Progressives and the UMW, h…

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  • Moore, Julia - Interview and Memoir

    Moore, Julia (1910-1997)

    Julia Moore discusses Springfield in early to mid 20th century: the North Side, entertainment, Sangamo Electric Co., Allis-Chalmers, and Pillsbury Mill; women's employment, family life in Virden and S…

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  • Fancher, John - Interview and Memoir

    Fancher, John (1899-1984)

    Fancher, Springfield resident, recalls the 1930's coal mine wars in Central Illinois. He discusses his disagreement with the actions of John L. Lewis, being barred from the United Mine Workers Union,…

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  • Conlon, J. Willard - Interview and Memoir

    Conlon, J. Willard (1910-1982)

    Conlon discusses many aspects of life in Central Illinois: prohibition and police activities in the 1920's; the Depression; Progressive Miners of America; the Works Progress Administration and Public…

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  • Hughes, Eugene - Interview and Memoir

    Hughes, Eugene (1908-1987)

    Hughes, coal miner and former International President of the Progressive Miners of America, discusses working conditions in the mines, mining technology and methods, formation of the PMA Union, violen…

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  • Gramlich, Art - Interview and Memoir

    Gramlich, Art (1904-1973)

    Gramlich, a Springfield area coal miner, recalls working conditions in the mines, mechanization, leadership of John L. Lewis, formation of the Progressive Miners of America Union, strikes and the viol…

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