• Leach, John - Interview and Memoir

    Leach, John (1881-1977)

    Leach, coal miner, recalls the different positions and duties he held in various coal mines in and around Springfield, equipment used, the UMW and PMA unions, and his family.

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  • Purcell, Henson - Interview and Memoir

    Purcell, Henson (1895-1974)

    Purcell discusses coal mining and unions in Franklin County, Illinois: the Mulkeytown march, conflict between the UMW and PMA, and the mine disaster in West Frankfort. Also discusses Charlie Birger an…

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  • Morris, Albert - Interview and Memoir

    Morris, Albert (1911-1992)

    Morris, coal miner, discusses experiences as a miner and state mining inspector; origin of the Progressive Miners of America his service as vice-president of the local union; Christmas disaster at Ori…

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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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  • Mantowich, Larry - Interview and Memoir

    Mantowich, Larry (1911-1994)

    Mantowich, coal miner, recalls mining conditions before mechanization, mining methods and practices, and miner-company relations. Also discusses prohibition and the Depression, the Ku Klux Klan, famil…

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  • Wells, Kenneth F. - Interview and Memoir

    Wells, Kenneth F. (1913-1992)

    Wells, President of the United Mine Workers, District 12, discusses John L. Lewis, union activities, coal mining mechanization, and disasters.

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