September 27th, 2014
Coal miners lining up for pay day.  Taken at Omar, Logan County, WV. Circa 1938.

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Coal miners lining up for pay day. Taken at Omar, Logan County, WV. Circa 1938.

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Coke ovens at Operation No. 3 Gary, McDowell County, WV, Tug Fork, circa 1905

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Coke ovens at Operation No. 3 Gary, McDowell County, WV, Tug Fork, circa 1905

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September 25th, 2014
A beautiful Appalachian morning.

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A beautiful Appalachian morning.

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September 24th, 2014
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Sutton, WV

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September 22nd, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moncy and their daughter in the living room of their home; they have repapered, painted and repaired the house in which they now live. Southern Coal Corporation, Bradshaw Mine, Bradshaw, McDowell County, West Virginia.

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8/27/1946

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Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moncy and their daughter in the living room of their home; they have repapered, painted and repaired the house in which they now live. Southern Coal Corporation, Bradshaw Mine, Bradshaw, McDowell County, West Virginia.

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8/27/1946

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September 21st, 2014
Sunday school. Church services are held in community building supplied by company. Part-time preacher is paid by dues and collections of church members. Kingston Pocahontas Coal Company, Warwick Mine, Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia.

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August 10, 1946

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Sunday school. Church services are held in community building supplied by company. Part-time preacher is paid by dues and collections of church members. Kingston Pocahontas Coal Company, Warwick Mine, Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia.

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August 10, 1946

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September 8th, 2014
Pay stub from Page Coal & Coke for Paris Mitchem (my grandfather). The pay period was ending 9/15/1954. He was 52 years old in 1954 and was a hard working coal miner. The date underneath his name says 4/1/26. I’m guessing that’s the date he began working for Page Coal & Coke.
At this time, he was making $2.305 per hour digging coal.
40 hours Gross pay = $92.20
Rent = $8.50 Doctor fee = $1.75 Insurance = $6.50 Union Dues = $4.00 Electricity = $1.00                                                                                    
Weekly Net Pay = $70.45
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Pay stub from Page Coal & Coke for Paris Mitchem (my grandfather). The pay period was ending 9/15/1954. He was 52 years old in 1954 and was a hard working coal miner. The date underneath his name says 4/1/26. I’m guessing that’s the date he began working for Page Coal & Coke.

At this time, he was making $2.305 per hour digging coal.

40 hours Gross pay = $92.20

Rent = $8.50
Doctor fee = $1.75
Insurance = $6.50
Union Dues = $4.00
Electricity = $1.00                                                                                    

Weekly Net Pay = $70.45

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September 7th, 2014
Paris Mitchem (my grandfather), UMWA Member’s Identification Card, March 1, 1952.

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Paris Mitchem (my grandfather), UMWA Member’s Identification Card, March 1, 1952.

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September 2nd, 2014
Paris Mitchem, Forest Protector, 1947

Pageton, McDowell County, WV
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August 20, 1947

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Paris Mitchem, Forest Protector, 1947

Pageton, McDowell County, WV Conservation Commission of WV August 20, 1947

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