Thursday, July 19, 2012

Coal Mining

COAL MINING

In 1820 the first commercial coal mine, known as the "McLean drift bank" opened in Kentucky, near the Green River and Paradise in Muhlenberg County; and Kentucky has been mining coal ever since.

1899 REPORT - MINES OPERATING IN OHIO COUNTY, KY

MCHENRY MINE - at McHenry 
     Operated by the McHenry Coal Co.; T. C. DUPONT, president; Hywel DAVIES, vice-president; W. D. McELHINNEY, secretary; W. G. DUNCAN, general manager; O. C. ROLL, mine foreman.

ECHOLS MINE - at Echols 
     Operated by the McHenry Coal Co. (see above).  W. WILLIAMSON is mine foreman.

RENDER MINES - at Render 
     Operated by the Central Coal & Iron Co., Louisville, KY. (see above).  Simon JONES is superintendent of the mine.

TAYLOR MINE 
     Operated by the Taylor Coal Co.; J. B. SPEED, president; I. P. BERNARD, general manager; Nicholas BARRASS, superintendent of the mine.

WILLIAMS MINE - near McHenry 
     Operated by the Williams Coal Co., composed of E. T. WILLIAMS and J. S. WILLIAMS.  T. E. HARRIS is mine superintendent.

DEAN MINE - at Deanfield 
     Owned and operated by Guy M. DEAN.  Tom STAPLES is mine foreman.

LOUISE MINE - at Deanfield 
     Operated in the first of the year by J. C. THOMPSON, but later by Guenther KOLTINSKY & Co.; P. O. Owensboro

JOHNSON MINE - at Fordsville 
     Operated by the Fordsville Block Coal Co.; W. S. GAINS, president and manager; C. E. FORD, secretary; Nathaniel BROOKS, mine boss. 

JAMESTOWN MINE - at Jamestown 
     Operated by the Jamestown Coal Co.


1899 REPORT OF DEATH AND INJURIES IN MINES – OHIO COUNTY, KY

     On September 19th, at Echols mine; Oliver BARNES, machine helper, back hurt.  Only idle a few days.  Was unloading machine truck, and it slipped off track and threw him.

     Also in the above named mine, on September 20th:  "Wm. MARKLAND, driver.  Hips bruised.  Only off a few days.  Caught between car and rib."

     Also in the above named mine, on October 6th.  Thomas HOUSE; foot injured by bank car.  Off only a few days.

     Also in the above named mine on December 28th; Andrew DUNCAN, a driver; received a flesh wound and bruised leg from car running over his leg.

     Also in the above named mine, in November, John VERNON, a machine helper, "got his hand mashed while jacking machine up.  Machine slipped and caught his hand.  Only off a few days."

     On November 17th, in Render mine, John BRADLEY, a loader, had back injured by fall of slate.  Lost nine days.

     Also in Render mine, December 20th, a tracklayer was hit in the eye by piece of coal.  Report received January 11th says:  "Not thought to be serious, but not yet able to work."

Major Mining Accidents in Ohio County, KY

 DATE
Mine Name
Location
No.  killed
Accident Type
05-06-1913
Taylor Mine
Beaver Dam Ohio Co
  5
Suffocation



Central Coal & Iron Co., Render Mine, Render, Ohio County, KY 1895

It is estimated that 266.72 million tons of coal have been extracted from mines in Ohio County and 1,292.11 million tons remain in reserve in Ohio County.

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