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December 10, 1951

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BECKLEY POST-HERALD, BECKLEY, W. VA.. MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 10, 1951 FIVE Low Ash Mine Ends 28- Year Life Green Siding Mine of Low Ash Mining Company, Inc. one of the oldest operations in the Greerjbrier Field, has now passed out of existence, but it will remain for many; years a fond memory among the'miners and officials who earned their livelihood there during its 28 years of life. The deposits of rich Fire Creek Coal, found scattered through a number of counties in Southern West Virginia, has become exhausted in the lease held by Low Ash. With the working out of the seam, the. company terminated the life of itself and the mine. Located a short distance Irom Kainelle, 'in Fayette County, the mine was opened by a Mr. Peck about 1923. The coal land was leased from Meadow River Coal Land Company, of Rainelle. Mr. Peck operated the mine for a number of years before selling out to Lacy Coal and Elliott P. Coal, who operated it until 1942. In that year, the operation-was taken over by J. G. Hood, president of West Virginia Coal Company, and incorporated under West Virginia Laws at Low Ash Mining Company, Inc. At the highest peak of operation, the mine produced approximately 600 tons per day with an average of 75 men employed at the operation. With the "closing of the mine, the store, office, and three offices now remaining will be sold and razed by the purchaser. LAST. CAR' OF COAL--Some of the officials o f ' L o w Ash Mining Company, of Rainelle, are shown above with the last car of coal produced at the mine a s . i t worked out recently^ They are, "left to right: G. R. Zickafoose, general superintendent; C. N. (Newt) McClung, chief electrician; B. W. Burdiss, mine foreman; S. V...Berry, bookkeeper and treasurer; J. H. Crookshank, track foreman; Preparation Plant Installation Set For Guyan Eagle coal may be loaded direct or selectively mixed with washed .sizes; washed coals classified at eight by Otho Flanagan trackman- and Clarence Cade, trackman and president of Greensiding'Local Union j five-inch, five by three-inch, three ' by two-inch, two by luree-eighths- inch, and three-eights by one- Two contracts have been closed with McNally-PKtsburg Manufacturing Corporation for installation of preparation plant facilities at Guyan Eagle Coal Company's j Mine No. 5 at Blair, it was dis-j closed last week. i The first contract calls for r a w - j coal dumping, convey ing. screen( ing and loading facilities for 500: tons per hour of run-of mine coal, | with hand-picking and crushing! facilities of plus eight-inch coal j via a 36 by 54-inch heavy duty, i sir.gle roll crusher. \ The second contract covers installation by McNally-PiUsburg of 300-ton-per-hour washing and screening plant addition compris-| ing the following: eight-inch _ b y j zero raw coal conveyor to classifying screen to classify to eight by one-inch and one-inch by zero; t h e j latter classified at one-quarter j inch, with the one by one-quarter- j ^one^Mc^'aT/'No?-! IMPERIAL SUPERVISORS--The four men in the above picture represent part of the supervisory ton automatic Baum-type wash- j forces of Imperial Smokeless Coal Company's Quinwood No. 2 and 3 mines in Nicholas County. Left er; raw one-quarter-inch by zero; to right they are: John Arthur, section foreman, Mine No. 3, Leivasy; Spencer Mutter, second shift 6739, United Mine Workers. ued in that capacity until he took i over the direction of the mine to Low Ash managership was C. S. Thomas who 'directed activities at the operation from August 2, 1942, until April, 1951. At that time he accepted a position as superintendent of Margarette Coal Corporation's mine at Marfrance. Stepping into his position was G. H. Zickafoose, who held the post of superintendent and general rnan- age until the " operation ceased. Zickafoose was first employed by Low Ash some three years ago as general mine foreman. He contin- ly Thomas. known throughout the Greenbrier Field, is a mining man with long experience in both mechanical and hand loading mining. He also established with the co-operation of the men and other officials the best safety record at the Green Siding mine since it first begun operation. During the three years he held the superintendents the cheapest cost per ton since promoted to conveyor foreman and the mine opened. Basil W. Burdiss, who had been a fire boss at the mine for a number of years, succeeded Zickafoose as mine foreman^ C. N. (Newt) . McClung. chief electrician at the operation for over nine years, is widely known throughout the county as a man of high standing in electrical work. He has been a hard worker and always ready to step in and post, not one lost-time accident oc-jhelp anyone at any time. curred at the operation. He also J. H. Crookshank, who had been established the record of running j employed at the mine, for 14 years the most coal per man and having I as a loader and track worker, was track foreman a few months ago at the mine. quarter-inch; minus three-eighths- inch coals recovered :via special dewatering type elevator.,, and de- watered via viberating screens. The plant-is complete with water handling and clarification system. All washed prepared grades will be boom-loaded. of the mine, Superintendent Zickafoose stated: "We want to thank all the employes who have worked in and around the mine for the past three years for their coopera- _-. j f\ r\ff tion. We also wish to thank the rund UpenS UITlce state mine .inspector, William De-| WASHINGTON - Inc. United renge. and federal inspector. W.T. Mine Workers Welfare and Re- Trinkley. as well as all oficials of the 'United Mine Workers, for their good co-operation during the last three years of operation of the mine." By Dick Mason Television has become quite Miners'Children Will Hold|44 Keystone Men Christmas Reunion Parties] Finish Course On Children of Eastern Gas and, their party next Friday evening ini M m · · Fuel Associates mine workers liv-jthe Mark Twain High School gym-j ffJWAf|tAf| I KQlfllTKT ing in Raleigh and Wyoming j nasium. The Helen party will be i i UI Clllvll 11 U.1IIUI1) counties, who attended Camp j held Dec. 17. in Helen -x-itooi. | , . Thomas E. Lightfoot last summer, | Eccles children will meet Dec. 18 j Two groups of section foremen soon will hol'd reunion parties. a c - j i n the United Mine Workers hall; a t Keystone mine of Eastern Gas cording to Virgil M. Beckett, camp | there. Kopperston youngsters yiU| and Fuel Associates recently par- director and manager of employe! hold their party Dec. 19 in the j welfare for EGFA. | basement of the Kopperston Com- ftcipated m a program of foreman tirement Fund has announced the establishment December 1 of a public information office here. It will be headed by Harold W. Ward, labor report for the Associated Press since 1944. He will be assistant to Miss Josephine Roche, director of the Fund. The Fund is financed by a royalty of 30 cents a ton on' soft coal and is administered . ' by a board of trustees made up of Miss Roche, President John L. Lewis of the UMW, and Charles A. Owen, coal operator. foreman, Mine No. 3; Claude M. Perkins, first shift foreman, Mine No. 2, section foreman, Mine No. 2. (Coal Page Photo). Carl; and Arbor Hanna, Mining Official B TMTM. S L Minter Employes COLUMBUS,'0., -- The general sales manager of a large coal mining firm Thursday delcared current rail freight rates are hurting his business. Frank Whitaker, who also is vice president of the North American Coal Corp., asked the State Utilities Commission to deny rate increases to railroads hauling coal in Ohio. The railroads want the commission to approve higher rates that would be in line with recent Interstate Commerce Commission rate hikes. Whitaker said his company owns all the stock of three mining companies The Powhatan Mining Co. which produces -4,000,000 tons of WITH ELK RIVER FIRM Harold L. Seattle, mining engineer formerly associated with Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates, has recently been appointed production engineer of the coal operations of Elk River Coal and Lumber Company at Widen. ; Seattle will have jurisdiction over mine planning and mine policy, and W. A, Wilson, mine superintendent, will 'continue to direct the working force Harry L. Gandy, assistant to the president, is in charge of these operations. coal a year in Belmont, Harrison, and Jefferson counties: the C. H. Mead Coal Co. with three mines in West Virginia, and the Red Parrott Coal Co.. which also has Thirteen employes of E- C. Minter Coal Company's No 1 mine at Wyco recently completed a course in roof fall accidents presented by the State Department of Mines.: Those attending included Richard E. Faucett, loader; Harvey Clayton, Jr., loader; Oscar Blalock, motorman; Thurlan -Meadows; - loader; William Richardson, loader; G. L, Talleres, foreman; Thomas Morse, loader; Willie Coleman,- loader; Lee V/iscox, laborer; M. Borinse Gno, loader; J. W. Dowell. foreman; O, C. Kester, loader; and William A. McKendree, foreman. ..· ../. ' . · : · . . . - ' : '· ;.;'· ·. '.-'.'· There were 9,246 business Jail- three mines in West Virginia. . ures' in the United States: in 1949. Those attending will include! munity church. Al parties will children whose parents are em-[Start at 7:30 p.m. ployed at the Stotesbury, Helen,': Entertainment will include re- development and human relations, with 44 men completing the course. This was a pilot program- plan- popular in the Beckley area and j Ec g les and K oppers t on mines, i freshments and the re-enactment, «,,.«,*»,.«* the ingenuity and co-operation of| E a c h is asked t QP bring another'of the evening council fire circle j ned to develop, through discussion, a group 01 mining men at Helen j child of an EGFA employe w h o ' a daily feature at t h e camp. has brought this new medium ofj n e v e r hag attended the camp and! Campers will participate in stag entertainment to a ·would be difficult otherwise to ob tain good reception. Possessed with electrical knowl- men went to work on their problem. Nestled deep in a valley, the problem was to get their aerial high enough and then pipe it down into the town. The aerial tramway tower provided the necessary height for the aerial and the men j then went to work to bring the j cable into the community. Their project has proved a success and{ a number of Helen residents, who i labor by day in the mines, now! have this entertainment medium j to provide relaxation in their idle hours. material usable and practical for section foremen through EGFA's Coal Division. The tentative outline of study .was under the , guidance of Walter A. Wilson, Coal the entertainment and renew ac-| Camp Lightfoot is operated by | Division training superintendent, "ation with C. Robert An- recreation center for the children j g 0 ve, O f Keystone, and the firm's spot where i t j w h o is within the camp i n g age of; ing stunts, group singing, and hPrxvisp tn nb-| 8 ^ l3 ^ vears Carnp counse lors i other activities of childhood enter- will be present to participate in ; tainment. edge and equipped with the know- j quaintanceship witn their campe r! .EGFA near Hinton, as a summer; in collaboration with C. Robert An- how from years in the mines, the fHpnri , 'recreation center for. the friends'. Stotesbury children will hold of its mine workers. Smokeless Coal Page RICHARD H. MASON. Coal Editor McDowell, Logan Pits Top Coal Counties In Nation McDowell and Logan counties j said McDowell produced 16,508,were credited with being the two! 872 tons in 1949, and Logan's out- A number of nimrods ventured out from Stotesbury last week, but at last reports only two ,of them bagging themselves a deer in trips, . , ,~ ,.0^-^ * to Pocahontas and Tucker coun- greatest coal production counties put was 16,426,o46 tons. ,. m the nation last week as Bitum- Vir- of Eastern Gas and Fuel. Bill Huguenot, general mine foreman, went t single state output. West Virginia has produced 20 r . | per cent of all the soft coal mined County i in the United states since 1800, a on a hunting expedition, but on; BCI survey disclosed. The study Friday had not reported any sue- alsQ reveals that durin g t he 20 years from 1930 to 1959. this ctate cess. Others who made their a n n u a l expedition into the country where tion _ deer abounds were Johnny Ochel-j j n led all states in soft coal produc- the entire 149-year period tree, greaseman; D. L. Hightower.! West Virginia was second only to dispatcher; Lester Vaught, motor- j Pennsylvania, which had 29.8 per man; Ted Tucker, coal loader; and j cent ^{ tne national total. West Louis Oswald, brakeman. None of j Virginia mines are credited with them had any success in 'their j a total of 4,978,161,000 tons since hunting. " 1.800, compared with. 7,414,687,000 Landon C. Gillespie, bookkeeper tons for Pennsylvania. CLINCHFIELD ELECTS J. P. ROUTH PRESIDENT Clinchfield Coal Corporation's Board of directors have announced ·the election of J- P. Routh, board chairman, to the additional post Of company president to fill the vacancy caused by/the resignation of A. R. Matthews, now president of Pocahontas Fuel Company, Inc. R. H. Hughes, vice-president with headquarters at Dante, Va., is in charge of the company's operation in the Virginia area. It was also announced that H. W. Livingston, formerly comptroller of the company, has been chosen as vice-president and 0. N. Hall, i formerly assistant comptroller, is Only a half dozen states pro-; now comptroller. 0 n n for Gulf Smokeless Coal Company! duced coal-in the post-revolution-! fit Tarns for over 30 years, is n o w j a r y period of 1800-1809, These and j MaffCC Addresses Group on the sick list. Injured in a fall! their production included Ken-' » - recently he has been confined toitucky, 3,000 tons; Maryland, 5,000; Wc uTM ' lOhio, 3.000; Pennsylvania, 1.000.- ms n ° me ' 1000,; Virginia. 356,000; Mike H. Griffith, who worked f o r j Virginia, 37,000. Eastern Gas and Fuel for a num-| and West In the 1930-39 period West Virber of years at Eccles, has now assumed the post of night safety ginia produced 27 per cent of the national output and in 1940-49 pro- inspector at the firm's mine. Mike recently examinations for his mine foreman's certificate and was then given the appointment. Charles Hensley also has passed the tests for his foreman's certificate and has been promoted to moving crew foreman at Stotesbury No. 11 mine at Helen. A number of improvements have been made by Brulc SmoUe'ess Coal Company at its Otsego mines i down in Wyoming County, accord-| ing to Olen Gates, superintendent, j who visited Friday in Beckley. A trip is forthcoming this week to obtain the facts in the Otsego project. j Chris Hinte, section foreman at j Eccles No. 6 mine, and the work- \ men on his section were each pre-; sented with a pocket first aid kit j recently at a mine safety meeting The gifts were prompted byj t h e ' f a c t that Hinte and his crew j had passed the four-year mark since their last lost-time accident. Members of the crew are Sherman Deal. Ben Walker, Joe Surber Bruce Jones, Roscoe Weikle, Earnest Hutchinson, and Lonme Vaughn. The new preparation plant at Tarns No. 2 mine of Gulf Smoke-j less Coal Company has beenj equipped with an automatic greas-. ing system; officials report. With this new system, every piece of equipment in the new tipple will' be lubricated automatically. Helen No. 9' duced 27.2- per cent^-topping · l i e a c h ten-year period the Pennsyl- he Problems faced in development of the diesel mine locomotive and the severe tests of the 1). S. Bureau of Mines that it passed for Training Department. Co-operating I in presenting the course were H. A. Quenon, manager of Low Volatile Division mines; Charles Perdue, mine superintendent; and E. H. Shaw, general superintendent of the Houston Division. Topics covered in the program included problems of section foreman, job relations training, how to induct workers and give orders, how to be human on the job, and how to reprimand. It is planned to extend this program as developed to other foremen in the entire Coal Division. Men attending foremen development training at Keystone included: A. H. Steele, general mine foreman; R. B. Pickett, assistant gen- j eral mine foreman; J. C. New' man. maintenance engineer; Paul B. Selvey, air sampler; Alvah E. Trent, assistant night foreman; Lowell Shrewsbury, safety inspector; James Dixon. general night foreman; and John J. Kodak, mining engineer. Section foremen -- William D. Bench, W. G. Bowman, John P. Hundley, John L. Kirby, J. Monroe Parsons, Fred S. M u r n h y , Joseph Hamer, William W. Bailey, Ralph E. Brown, Rudolph Camp, Everett G. Dillard, Stuart Flippen, Charles Nichols, Lewis Prater, Sherman Sir.emore, Howard L. Waddell, Raymond C. Woodyard, J. W. Wyrick, Eugene Watts, Harry Boyd, H. M. Burton, Jr., Everett Cox, H. J. Crute, Winford H. Dillard, C. E. Farmer, Embry Ferrell, Nelson E. Keesee, J. M. Motor 'Kelley, Robert E. Martin, W. W. Painter, R. P. Pennington, Jack vania This approval were described by R. H. Magee, vice-president and general manager of National Mine Service Company, at a meeting Friday of Central West Virginia Ccal Mining also is credited with! Institute at Philippi. thg twQ largest pro duc.ing counties! Magee told of the work done in Premo, Paul St. Clair, Albert Vinciguerra, Conley E. 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