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Shawnee, Ohio

Annual report of the Chief Inspector of Mines of Ohio, Issue 20, 1895

Posted by JRW on January 27, 2011

PERRY COUNTY. 
       No. 8

Is situated at Corning, on the T. AO. C. R’y, and is the property of the Sunday Creak Coal ‘Company. It is a shaft opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, is worked on the double entry system and has fan ventilation. Two hundred and ninety miners and forty-one day hands are employed. The coal is hauled from the interior of the mine to the shaft bottom by an endless rope. It was visited four times during the year; viz.: January 26, March 22, April 19 and July 31. On my first visit I found the mine idle, consequently did not inspect it. Fred. Miller is superintendent and Robert England mine boss. On the second visit I found the ventilation deficient throughout the mine, owing to the stoppings leaking and other difficulties. I found 15,000 feet of air returning on the dilly road, and going up the shaft before reaching the miners. I ordered a brattice erected north of the air shaft to obviate the latter difficulty and all stoppings reclayed between the iijlet air way and the dilly road. I found some men drawing pillars near the outlet air shaft where the air was heavily charged with black damp, but I allowed them to continue work on condition that they be allowed to turn the first rooms that were ready in the other part of the mine. I then tested the scales and found that the weigh box came to a bearing when loaded. I cut off the ends of some bolts where the box rested, when they weighed correctly. C. C. Sharp has taken charge of the Sunday Creek Coal Company’s mines as superintendent. On my third visit I found the brattice erected north of the air shaft and the current improved at the inlet, but no further improvement in the mine. John F. Roberts had just taken charge as mine bossami promised to use every effort to improve the ventilation. On my last visit they had moved the dilly engine further into the entry in order that the pull might be more direct, and changed the endless rope to a tall rope. The ventilation was improved on the first and second west entries, but no improvement had been made on the third, fourth and north entries. The air way to these entries was very much obstructed by fallen roof, and they were endeavoring to make a new air way as fast as possible. I found the inlet air way leading from the air shaft very much obstructed by water and slate and two steam pipes escaping into it from the dilly engine. I ordered the steam pipes turned into the hoisting shaft and the obstruction cleaned out of the inlet air way.

No. 19

Is located at Buckingham, on the Buckingham branch of the C, S. A H. R’y, and is owned and operated by the same company as the No. 8, and is under the same management, with Geo. Hodgson mine boss. It is a shaft opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, is worked on the double entry system and has fan ventilation. Two hundred and twenty-five miners and thirty day hands are employed. On my first visit, February 15, I found it suspended. On the second visit, July 6, the instrument would not register on the seventh and eighth west entries, and what air was passing was very foul. I found a number of stoppings leaking on the south entries, which I ordered reclayed. I considered the new inlet opening too small to admit sufficient air and ordered it made larger. They agreed to do so at once. On July 20, I was called to this mine by the miners; they charged the company with turning rooms opposite breakthroughs, which endangered life during shooting time. The entrymen also protested against turning rooms inside of the inside breakthrough. I requested Mr. Hodgson to discontinue the practice of either turning rooms opposite or inside of the inside breakthrough. He said it would not be done again. They have enlarged the inlet opening and erected several doors and brattices. The condition of the mine very much improved.

no. 21

Is situated at Carrington, on the Buckingham branch of the C, S. A H. R’y. It is theproperty of the Sunday Creek Coal Company, and is under the same management as the other mines, with John H. Wile as mine boss. It is a drift opening, with a shaft for hoisting purposes, worked on the double entry system and ventilated by a fan. It is a> machine mine and employs 175 miners and forty-nine day hands. It was visited threetimes during the year, viz.: February 14, May 29 and July 19. On the first visit I found • number of breakthroughs required between rooms on the first and second east entries,, which I ordered cut; I also ordered breakthroughs made on both sides of room No. 55 on the second and west entry. I fonnd a door between the first and second west entries that would not shut within a foot; I ordered it repaired or moved to another place where it would be better proteoted. My second visit was to investigate the cause of the death of Stephen Keeler, a Hungarian miner, and found that he was fatally injured in this mine on March 15, 1894. He worked in room No. 28 in No. 20 cutoff. While engaged in filling a cartridge with powder, a spark from his lamp ignited the cartridge; the flame reached the powder keg and exploded the keg, burning him severely. He was taken to the hospital at Columbus on March 24,1894. On the last visit I found the east side in good order, while the ventilation was deficient on the west side, owing to the belt on the fan slipping. I ordered an air shaft sunk on the north entries for an inlet for the west side of the mine.

SHAWNEE VALLEY

Is situated at Shawnee, on the C., S. & H. and B. & O. R’ys, and is the property of the Shawnee Valley Coal and Iron Company. W. F. Devore is superintendent and Thos. Gibson mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal and is worked on the double entry system. The mine is ventilated by a furnace and has a fine system of endless rope haulage. One hundred and forty miners and twenty-eight day hands are employed. On my first visit, March 24, I found the mine idle and did not inspect it . On the second visit, July 9, there were only two short entries going in the mine, the remainder of the mine being principally pillar work. The air was deficient throughout the mine. T went back to the furnace and found very little fire and 8,000 feet of air traveling. We fired up until we procured 24,000 feet . I found a good deal of black damp in No. 6 straight entry. I ordered two doors changed and one brattice erected, to turn the air into the entry. I found only nine square feet of area in the shaft inlet and I ordered it made larger and more fire kept in the furnace. On the third visit, August 24,1 found a number of new doors erected, some brattice repaired and the shaft inlet partly cleaned out, but not sufficiently so, so I requested it made still larger. The condition of the mine was very much improved. On my fourth visit, October 1, I tested the scales and found them correct. On November 7, I visited it again to investigate the cause of the death of John New, who was injured in sinking a shaft on this property October 10. The circumstances were as follows: William S. James had taken the contract of sinking the shaft from the Shawnee Valley Coal and Iron Company. The shaft at the time of the acc dent was down about thirty feet . John New was working for Mr. William S. Jones on October 10 and had charge of that shift. While Mr. New and John James were at the bottom of the shaft the man on top was hoisting the tub of rock with a mule and gin. There were four rocks in the tub, aggregating from sixty to seventy pounds in weight. When the tub was at the top the man on top pushed the truck over the shaft, the mule at the same time stepping backward and lowering the tub. The edge of the tub was resting on the edge of the truck, which tilted the tub over, and the rocks falling down the shaft struck Mr. New, injuring him fatally. He was taken to the hospital at Colnmbus on October 15 and died from the effects of the injury on November 5,1894.

UPSON NO. 1

Is situated at Shawnee, on the C, S. t& H. and B. & O. R’ys. It was the property of the Upson Coal Company, but is now operated by Card & Upson. Reese E. Williams has entire supervision. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, has furnace ventilation and is worked on the double entry system. The coal is cut by machines operated by electricity and hauled from the interior of the mine by an electric motor. One hundred and thirty miners and sixteen day hands are employed. It was inspected twice during the year, viz.: March 27 and July 17. On my first visit the mine was in good order. On my second visit I found a number of rooms which req uired breakthroughs cut, which I requested done as soon as possible. I also found a door at the end of the fourth west entry which was leaking very badly, owing to a post being knocked out. I ordered it repaired. In other respects the mine was in good order.

UPSOM No. 2

Is located near No. 1. It is owned and operated by Card A Upson, and under the same management as the No. 1. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal and has natural ventilation. The product of both openings is run over the same hoppers. There are six miners employed. The work is altcgether pillar drawing. It was inspected twice during the year, viz.: March 27 and July 17. On both visits the mine was found in fair condition.

NO. 20

Is situated at Hemlock, on the C, S. & H. R’y, and is operated by the Columbus and Shawnee Coal Company. C. G. Kern is superintendent and Pearl Barrell mine boss. It is a slope opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, is worked on the double entry system and ventilated by a fan. The coal is hauled from the interior of the mine to the slope bottom, by a tail rope and afterward hoisted to the tipple. One hundred and twenty miners and seventeen day hands are employed. On my first visit, March 2, 1 found the ventilation dtlicient on the third and fourth left hand entries, owing to the frequent opening of the door through which six drivers passed. Th(-y promised to remedy that def-.-ct in a lew days. I also found several stoppings leaking on the first and second left hand entries which I ordered repaired. On July 25, I found several doors changed and brattices erected and the mine in good order.

Rend’s No. 3

Is situated at Rendville, on the T. & O. C. R’y and is operated by W. P. Rend & Co., of Chicago, 111. William Perry has entire supervision. It is a shaft opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, is worked on the double entry system and ventilated by a fan. The coal is hauled from the interior of the mine to the bottom of the shaft by means of a tail rope. Two hundred and fifteen miners and thirty day hands are employed. It was inspected four times during the year; viz. February 9 and 27, July 23 and August 3. On my first visit, I found the air heavily charged with carbonic acid gas in the rooms in No. 72 cutoff, turned off the first west entry. I ordered a check placed on the first west entry and all breakthroughs closed on that pillar to conduct the air into No. 72 cutoff. I also ordered a breakthrough made between Muse and Reed’s rooms in that part of the work. I found a number of breakthroughs standing open between the fifth and sixth and seventh and eighth west entries which I ordered closed. The instrument would not register on the seventh and eighth west entries. On my second visit, I found the check placed on the first west entry to turn the air into No. 72 cutoff, but breakthroughs were not closed on that pillar. I reques’ed a check placed on the sixth west entry to turn the air into No. 6 cutoff”. There was some bad top on the dilly road which I requested timben d. The ventilation was still deficient on the seventh and eighth west entries. On the third visit, the condition of the=e entries was not improved, the air all wasting before it got to them. The south entries turned off, the eighth west were driven in between three and four hundred feet and no provision made to ventilate them. I ordered a door put up to turn the air into those entries. I also ordered a door placed on the sixth west entry and a brattice erected on No. 6 cutoff’to conduct the air into the eighth west entry. I found a door leaking badly between the third and fourth west entries and returning the air to the outlet. I ordered it repaired. On the last visit, I found a new door put up between the third and fourth west entries, also a door erected and a brattice built on the sixth west and a curtain hung to turn the air into the south entries. I found the ventilation improved on the third, fourth, fifth and sixth entries but not any improvement on the eighth. They had neglected to put up the brattice on No. 6 cutoff. 1 ordered that put up and the room inside of that brattice holed on the seventh west entry and the pillar on the outside of that room made tight to conduct the air into the seventh and eighth entries. I found a number of doors in that part of the mine that were open underneath and wasting the air. I ordered filling pieces put in the track and curtain? hung on the bottom.

Is the property of the Columbus and Hocking Coal and Iron Company, and is situated on the Rock Run branch of the B. & O. R’y. Vint. Furguson is superintendent and Hugh D.tlrymple mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, which is cut by electric machines and hauled from the interior of the mine to the outside by the tail rope. The mine is worked on the double entry system and ventilated by a fan. Three hundred and twenty-five miners and forty-one day hands are employed. On my first vi>.it, March 21, the mine was idle and no one was about the work. On my last visit, July 10, the rope was moved into the new opening. The fan was also moved to the new air shaft and the mine was in good order.

Is operated by the Ohio Coal Company, of Columbus, and is situated on the Rock Run branch of the B. & O. R’y. David Williams is superintendent and mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. H seam of coal, is worked on the double entry system and is ventilated by a furnace. The coal is lowered over an incline to the hoppers by means of a drum and wire rope. Fifty-seven ruiners and ten day hands are employed. On my first visit, March 21, the mine was suspended owing to the insolvency of J. F. Harris. On my second visit, July 11, it was being operated by E. C. Morton, of Columbus, the receiver, and was in goo) order. On my third visit, November 15, it was operated by the Black Diamond Coal Company, of New Straitsville. The ventilation is part furnace and part natural. The work is confined entirely to pillars and for work of that kind, the mine is in good order. David Williams has entire supervision.

Is situated on the Rock Run branch of the B. & O. R’y, and is operated by Spencer & Hazelton. Perry Hazelton is superintendent and John C. Michael mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, has furnace ventilation and is worked on the double entry system. Six miners are employed. The coal is lowered over an incline from the mine by means of drum and wire rope to the brick works, where it is consumed. The mine has been idle almost one year. It was inspected July 11, having resumed work about two weeks previous. The mine was in bad condition from fallen roof in the entries. The entry at the furnace had caved in and had not yet been cleaned up, and in consequence the mine was depending on natural ventilation. They have retimbered about fifty yards of the main entry and got sufficient space cleaned up to work six men.

Is located near Shawnee, on the B. & O. R’y, and is operated by Opperman & McGrew, of Shawnee. William Richards is superintendent and mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, which is here five feet in thickness. One hundred and ten miners and fifteen day hands are employed. It has fan ventilation and is worked on the double entry system. The coal is conveyed from a switch on the entry to the hoppers, a distance of 3,000 feet, by a small locomotive. It was visited twice during the year. On my first visit, February 13, it was found in good order. On my second visit, October 2, the mine was suspended, owing to a change of ownership.

NO. 3

BLACK DIAMOND

HAZELTON

IRON POINT NO. 2

BLACKBIRD

Is located near Anderson Station, on the Shawnee branch of the B. & O. R’y, and is operated by the Young Coal Company, of Maholm. Fred. Young has entire supervision. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal and is worked on the single entry system and ventilated by a fire basket. Thirty miners and four day hands are employed. It was visited three times during the year. On my first visit, November 29, I found the ventilation deficient, owing to the return air way having caved in. On my second visit, April 20, I found a new air shaft sunk and a fire basket placed in the bottom. The air shaft was not large enough and there was no fire in the basket and the mine was very smoky. I ordered the air shaft made larger and the fire kept regularly in the basket. On my last visit, September 27, the mine was drowned out with water and abandoned.

DICKSON, SOUTH SIDE,

Is situated at Dickson ton, on the Shawnee branch of the B. & O. R’y, and is owned and operated by J. C. Hamilton, of Newark. J. M. Foreman is superintendent and H. R. Larimer mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, which is here three feet in thickness and is ventilated by a fire basket. Sixty-five miners and nine day hands are employed. The entries are all driven single with a parallel air way. There are no rooms turned in till the entries are driven to the surface, as the nature of the hills affords them that advantage. The coal is lowered over an incline by means of a drum and wire rope to the tipple. It was inspected twice during the year. On my first visit, March 20, I found the second west entry driven to the surface for an inlet. I found the fire basket drawing from the main entrance in place of this inlet, to the evident injury of the mine. I ordered a second door placed near the main entrance that one may shut before the other opens, while the drivers are passing. On my last visit, September 24, the second door was erected near the main entrance and the mine was in good order.

DICKSON No. 3

Is situated near Dicksonton, and is owned and operated by the same company as the South Side, is under the same management, and the coal goes over the same tipple. It was visited March 20 and found abandoned.

No. 5

Is situated at New Straitsville, on the C, H. V. & T. R’y, and is operated by the Troy Coal Company, of New Straitsville. James Daugherty is superintendent and Chris Archibald mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal and is worked on the double entry system. They have a fan but are depending at present on natural ventilation. Twelve miners and one day hand are employed. It was visited March 14 and September 25, and found in good order on both occasions.

STAR

Is situated near Crooksville, on the C, S. & H. R’y, and is operated by William Prite, of Zanesville, who is also superintendent, and Samuel Guinsler mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, which is here four feet in thickness. It if worked on the double entry system and ventilated by a grate. There are ten miners and two day hands employed. On my first visit, February 23, it was in good order. On the second visit, August 20, the ventilation was deficient, there being no fire in the grate. I ordered a fire kept regularly.

HART

Is located at Crooksville, on the C. & M. V. R’y, and is operated by the Crooksville Coal and Sand Company, of Crooksville. Chae. Williams is superintendent and Hiram Pearce mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, has furnace ventilation and is worked on the double entry system. The coal is lowered over an incline by means of a drum and wire rope to the tipple. There are four miners employed. On my first visit, April 6, I found it idle. On my second visit, August 20, it was suspended, and I was informed that the company operating it had given it up.

LYOXsDAXJt

Is located at the tunnel two miles west of McLuney, on the C. & M. V. R’y, and is operated by M. Meenan, who is also general manager. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, which is here three and one-half feet in thickness. Twenty-seven miners and two day hands are employed. It was inspected twice during the year. On April 5,1 found seven places working on the south entry, one of which was for an air way. Aa there was no air in circulation, I ordered all the places stopped but that one. The ventilation was deficient in other parts of the mine owing to the leaking doors and brattice and obstructions in the air way. I ordered the doors and brattices repaired and part of a new air way made. I also stopped James Lewis’ room until a breakthrough was made. On my last visit, October 5,1 found that the place which they were driving for air on my previous visit had holed, but the inside breakthrough on the first west entry, where all the air passed through, was more than half full of slate and but one thousand feet of air passing. I went back along the return air way to the furnace and found it half full of ashes and 1,620 feet of air traveling. There was almost a peck of black fire on the bars and the ashes completely filling the space underneath. I ordered wood and coal and fired up until we had 4,340 feet of air traveling. I ordered all obstructions cleaned out of the breakthroughs and air way, the ash pit kept empty and’ the furnace bars kept covered with fire not less than one foot in depth.

BLOCK, SOUTH sIDE,

Is situated one mile west of McLuney, on the C. & M. V. R’y, and is operated by Tague & Bennett. Chas. Tague is superintendent and Lon Tague mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, has furnace ventilation and is worked on the single entry system. Twenty-one miners and two day hands are employed. It was visited twice during the year; viz., April 6 and October 4. On my first visit, the ventilation was deficient owing to the leaking doors and brattices. The entry was driven one hundred and sixty feet in advance of the inside breakthrough and was very smoky. The furnace is not fired soon enough in the mornings. I ordered doors and brattices repaired, the furnace fired sooner in the mornings and the entry stopped until the air was within a lawful distance. On my last visit, I found all previous orders complied with and the mine in good order.

BLOCK, NORTH SIDE,

Is a new drift opening into the same seam of coal and is owned and officered by the same company as the South Side. The openings are in close proximity, but ventilated separately. The mine is opened on the double entry system, has an air shaft sunk and furnace built. Twenty-eight miners and one day hand are employed. The product of both openings is run over one tipple. When visited October 4, it was found in good order.

FANNIE FPBNACE

Is situated at Shawnee and is the property of the Licking Coal and Iron Company. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal. When visited July 5, it was found’abandoned.

NEW CRESCENT

la situated near Roseville, on the C. & M. V. R. R., and is operated by the New Crescent Mining Company, of Roseville. Chas. C. Guy is superintendent and J. B. Morris mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal and has furnace ventilation. Seventy-three miners and six day hands are employed. On my first visit, April 17, I found an opening made on the south side for an inlet and the mine in good order. On October 12, the mine was also found in good order.

BEECH GROVK NO. 6

Is situated at McLuney, on the C. & M. V. R’y, and is operated by I. H. Jones, of Zanesville, who is also superintendent, with Arch Brown as mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, has furnace ventilation and is worked on the single entry system. Thirty-two miners and three day hands are employed. On my first visit, April 5, the ventilation was deficient, owing to the stoppings leaking, and the air was being obstructed. I ordered the stoppings repaired and the obstructions removed from the air way. On my second visit, October 4, I found the previous orders complied with and the mine in fair condition.

BEECH GBOVE NO. 5

Is a drift opening made into the No. 5 seam of coal, and is owned and officered by the same company as No. 6. The product of both openings was run over the one tipple. When visited April 5, the mine had caved in and was abandoned.

LOWER

Ik situated near Crooksville, on the C. & M. V. R’y> and is operated by Tague Bros. A Co. A. P. Tague is superintendent and W. J. Tague mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, has furnace ventilation and is worked on the double entry system. Fifty-one miners and four day hands are employed. It was visited three times during the year. On the first visit, February 23, the mine was in good order, with the exception of one broken djor, which I ordered repaired. On my second visit, September 7, the number of miners had been increased and the ventilation was insufficient. I deemed the furnace sufficient, but the air shaft and stack were not large enough. I gave them four weeks to shoot the shaft out and enlarge the stack on top. On October 11, the air shaft was enlarged but the stack was not yet erected. The ventilation was very much improved.

CLOVER HILL

Is situated in Green Hollow, near Redfield, on the C., S. & H. R’y, and is operated by W. D. Hamilton, of Zanesville. E. L. Abbott is superintendent and William McMillen mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, has furnace ventilation and is worked on the single entry system. There are eight miners employed. It was visited July 2, when it was found in good order.

GREEN HOLLOW NO. 1

Is located in Green Hollow, near Redfield, on the C, S. t& H. R’y, and is operated by the Wallace Coal Company. William Wallace is superintendent and Sam Steel mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 5 seam of coal, is ventilated by a fire basket and is worked on the single entry system. Twenty-four miners and two dav hands are employed. When visited July 2, the air way that they were driving to thn other mine had just been holed but had not been cleaned out. When that is done and the air turned in that direction it will improve the ventilation, as the traveling disiaocj will be much shorter.

GREEN HOLLOW NO. 2

Is sitnated in Green Hollow, near Redfield, on the C, S. & H. R’y, and is the property of the Standard Coal Company. It is now in the hands of a receiver and is being operated by the Wallace Coal Company. William Wallace is superintendent and James Aitken mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, has natural ventilation and is worked on the single entry system. Eight miners and one day hand are employed. When visited July 2, the mine was in fair condition.

: OREEN HOLLOW NO. 3

Is situated in Green Hollow. It is a new drift opening made into the No. 5 seam of coal, which is here three and one-half feet in thickness, and is owned and officered by ihe same company as No. 2. The two openings are in close proximity and the product of both openings is run over one tipple. It was visited July 2. The mine is opened on the doable entry system, has an air shaft sunk and has natural ventilation. Six miners are employed.

CAE.

Is located near Redfield, on the C, S. & H. R’y. It is the property of the Columbus and Kastern Coal Company, but it is in the hands of a receiver and is operated by James H. Davis, of Redfield, who is also general manager. It is a slope opening made into the No. 5 seam of coal, has furnace ventilation and is worked on the single entry system. l’w6»ty-ooe miners and two day hands are employed. On my first visit, July 3, it was i •und to be in fair condition. On my last visit, October 30, I found a curtain broken ‘own at the end of the first west entry, and ordeied it repaired. The ventilation was deficient at the face of the work, owing to the furnace being supplied with air from the Davis mine. I ordered the power of the furnace increased or the Davis mine bratticed off.

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DAVIS

Is situated near Redfield, on the G, S. & H. R’y, and is operated by the Davis Mining Company. B. J. Davis is superintendent and Wm. H. Davis mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 5 seam of coal, has furnace ventilation and is worked on the single entry system. Twenty-three miners and four day hands are employed. It was inspected twice during the year. On my first visit, July 3, I found all the doors leaking above and below and I ordered them made tight. The ventilation was deficient in the west entry. There was a new furnace built but it seemed to be ineffectual, owing to so many openings to the C. & E. mine. I requested these openings closed. On October 30 I found 4,290 feet of air at the inlet or main entrance, but it wasted considerably before reaching the men. I ordered the holes along the main entry bratticed and the air conducted into the face of the works.

XX FURNACE

Is situated at Shawnee, on the B. & O. R’y, and is operated by the Baillie Coal Company. George Wallace is superintendent and mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal and has natural ventilation. Fifteen miners and one day hand are employed. The solid coal in this hill has been almost mined out and the work is principally drawing pillars. It was visited March 29 and found idle. On July 7, I found no props on the ground long enough for Tom Thomas’ room. I ordered props of that length provided or the place would be stopped. In other respects the mine was in fair condition.

CHICAGO

Is located near Redfield, on the C, 8. tSt H. R’y and is operated by the Wallace Coal Company. It is a drift opening made into the No. 5 seam of coal. William Wallace is superintendent. When visited July 3, it was found abandoned.

Conqo, wan Bios,

Is situated between Drake’s Station and Corning, on the C, S. & H. R’y and is operated by the Congo Coal Mining Company, of Columbus. J. H. Ferguson is superintendent, and J. W. Taylor mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, which is here between thirteen and fourteen feet in thickness, has fan ventilation and is worked on the double entry system. Ninety-six miners and twenty-eight day hands are employed. The cages are self-dumping and the mine is equipped with electricity. The coal is cut entirely by machines. It was visited twice during the year. On my first visit, February 16, the mine was in good order. On July 30, I ordered breakthroughs made in rooms Nos. 17,19 and 21. The current on the entries was very good and would be a good deal better in rooms were it not for the practice of filling the breakthroughs with bone coal to very near the roof. I condemned the brattice and requested them kept as clear as possible in the future.

CONGO, EAST SIDE.

This is the east side of the Congo mine and is owned and officered by the same company as the west side, but ventilated by a separate current. It has fan ventilation, is worked on the double entry system and like the west side, the coal is cut by electric machines. Seventy miners and eighteen day hands are employed. It was inspected July 30. The ventilation in the entries was excellent, but the breakthroughs between rooms were very much obstructed by coal. I requested them kept as clear as possible in the future.

XX, EA8T SIDE,

Is situated at Shawnee, on the C, S. & H. & B. & O. R’ys. It is the property of H. D. Turney & Co., of Columbus, and is operated by the Nugent Coal Company, of Shawnee. John Nugent is superintendent and mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, has fan ventilation and is worked on the double entry system. The coal is hauled from the interior of the mine to the hoppers by a tail rope. One hundred and sixty-five miners and sixteen day hands are employed. It was visited six times during the year; viz. March 17, July 16 and 26, August 16 and 27 and September 6. On my first visit the mine was suspended. On the second, the ventilation was deficient owing to leaking doors and stoppings which I ordered repaired. On my third visit, I found one new door erected and others repaired, also four brattiees put up. On the fourth visit, I discovered that the ventilation could not be improved owing to the close proximity of the belt wheels of the fan, there being only eight feet from center to center, caused the belt to slip on the small wheel, thus limiting the speed of the fan. I requested them to put an addition to the fan house and move the engine back to allow twenty feet between the belt wheels. They agreed to do so at once. On the fifth visit, I found the engine moved back and twenty feet of space between the belt wheels and no better results in regard to ventilation. Upon investigation, I found that the vanes of the fan were set to lift the air with the round back in place of the dished face. I requested them taken off the spider and turned upside down. On my last visit, the vanes of the fan were properly adjusted and the mine was in good order.

IX, WEST SIDE,

Is worked in connection with the eut side, the coal being hauled by the same rope and run over the same hoppers. It is owned and officered by the same company. This mine is worked on the double entry system and is ventilated by a furnace. One hundred and .fifty miners and twelve day hands are employed. It was visited Jnly 16 and 26 and August 15. On the first visit I found some impaired doors and stoppings which I ordered tightened. I also found a place broken through into the Upson mine and supplying the furnace with air to the injury of this mine. I ordered it bratticed. On the second visit, I found but little improvement made. They had just received lumber and were beginning to put up brattice. On my last visit I found the doors and brattice repaired and a number of new stoppings put up. I found several leaks still existing and the sheet iron over the furnace bent down. I requested those defects remedied and when that is done, this side will be in good order.

No. 12, NORTH SIDE,

Is situated at New Hamburgh, on the Buckingham branch of the C, S. & H. R’y, and is operated by the New Hamburgh Coal Company. Thomas Spence is superintendent and John Clark mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 7 seam of coal and is – ventilated by a fire basket. Twenty-three miners and six day hands are employed. The coal is very much troubled with faults. It was visited February 19 and July 24, and was generally found in good condition.

MO. 12, SOUTH SIDE,

Is worked in connection with the north side, the coal being handled over the same hoppers. It is a new drift opening made into the same seam of coal and is owned and officered by the same company as the north side. Twelve miners and one day hand are employed. This mine is ventilated by means of a small air shaft in which a fire basket is located.

SPRING VALLEY

Is situated in Sulphur Spring Hollow, one mile from Carrington Station, on the Buckingham branch of the C, S. & H. R’y, and is operated by the New Hamburgh Coal Company. It is a new slope opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, which is here seven feet in thickness. Six miners are employed. It is opened on the double entry system, has an air shaft sunk and is ventilated by a fire basket.

EAOLE

Is located at McCuneville, on the Shawnee branch of the B. & O. R’y, and is operated by Crawford, Gaver Bros. & Co. Henry Gaver is superintendent and William Crawford mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal. Nine miners and one day hand are employed. It was visited March 3 and September 29, and on each inspection was found in fair order.

No. 33

Is located at New Straitsville, on the C, H. V. & T. R’y, and is operated by J. C. Faine, of New Straitsville. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam. When visited March 16, it was suspended. On September 25, it was found abandoned.

No. 33, NEW,

Is located about four hundred yards from the old mine and the coal is run over the old hoppers. The mine is operated by Faine & Bodamer, of New Straitsville. John Bodamer is superintendent and mine boss. They employ five miners. As yet there is but one opening, but they expect to break through soon to the old mine on the left for ventilation.

NUGENT NO. 6

Is situated near new Lexington, on the C. & M. V. R’y. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal. It was visited September 26, and found suspended. I have found it so for two years.

NUGENT NO. 3

Is located in close proximity to No. 6. It is a drift opening made into the No. 5 seam of coal. The product of both mines is run over the same hoppers. It was visited September 26, and found suspended.

FURNACE No. 2

Is situated at Shawnee, on the B. & O. R’y, and is operated by Gosline & Barbour, of Toledo. John H. Jones is superintendent and mine boss. Jt is a slope opening made into the No- 6 seam of coal, which is here five feet in thickness. It is worked on the double entry system and is ventilated by a fire basket. The coal is conveyed from the interior of the mine to the hoppers, a distance of 2,700 feet, by means of an endless rope. Ninety-two miners and thirteen day hands are employed. It was visited February 28 and July 18. On my first visit, I found some loose slate on the entry, which I ordered taken down and Pete Cleary’s place stopped until ventilated. On my last visit the ventilation was deficient on the fifth and sixth entries. There was no visible air way, but they were driving a room back to the fourth entry for air and expected to hole so n The remainder of the mine was in fair condition.

BRISTOL

Is located at Bristol Junction Station, on the Shawnee branch of the B. & O. R’y, and is operated by the Bristol Coal Company. S. W. Butt is superintendent and (i. C. Butt mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, worked on the double entry system and ventilated by a fire basket. Fifty-three miners and five day hands are employed. On my first visit, March 21, the mine was idle, but I discovered a tail rope in operation. On my second visit, J.ily 12, I found it idle again. On my third visit, August 2}, I found the ventilation deficient on the third and fourth west entries owiig to the leaking stoppings. I requested them repaired. The remainder of the mine wur in fair condition.

UNION, NORTH SIDE,

Is situated one and one-half miles from Crooksville, on the C. & M. V. R’y, and is operated by the Ohio Coal and Cement Company, of Columbus. Dt.vid Mathews is superintendent and Geo. Parker mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, worked on the single entry system and has furnace ventilation. There are fifteen miners employed. It was visited October 6, and found in good order.

ZANESVILLE

1f situated near Crookt-ville, on the C. & M. V. R’y, and is operated by the Zanesville Coal Company, of Zanesville. O. F. McKinney is superintendent and N. W. Spencer mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal, has furnace ventilation and is worked on the double entry system. One hundred and twenty-eight miners and six day hands are employed. It was visittd February 23, September 7 and October 11. On my first visit the ventilation wus insufficient owing to the doors being out ol repair and not being kept shut. In addition the stoppings were leaking and the furnace was not properly fired. I ordered the doors repaired and kept shut, the stoppings reclayed and more fire kept in the furnace. On n,y second visit I found a door wanting between the third and fourth west entries, which I ordered erecttd and the doors and stoppings along the main entry repaired. On my third visit, all previous orders had been complied with and the mine was in good order.

BUTLER NO. 1

Is situated near New Lexington and is operated by John Butler, of New Lexington, who is also general manager. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal. It if a domestic mine and employs six miner?. When visited April 4, there was a small furnate built and a thirty-two foot stack erected. On September 26, the air was not properly conducted into the face of the works. Mr. Butler agreed to attend to that at once.

BUTLER NO. 2

Is situated near New Lexington and is operated by John Butler. It is a new slope opening made into the No. 5 seam of coal. There are five miners employed. The coal is hauled up by a horse and windlass They have a second opening made and natural ventilation. The mine is in fair condition.

TOM GREEN

Is a local mine situated four miles from New Lexington, and is owned and operated by Tom Green. It is a drift opening made into the No. 5 seam and employs two miners. When visited April 3, the entry was driven through the hill for drainage and ventilation and was in good order.

JOSHUA GREEN

Is located four miles from New Lexington and is owned and operated by Joshua Green. It is a drift opening made into the No. 5 seam. When visited April 3 it was idle.

JOHN GREEN

Is situated four miles from New Lexington and m owned and operated by John Green. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam. When visited April 4 it was found idle.

YOST

Is located four miles from New Lexington and is the property of A. Yost and operated by him. .It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam. One miner is employed.

FLOWERS

Is located four miles from New Lexington and is owned and operated bv L. Flowers. lit is a drift opening made iuto the No. 6 seam. When visited April 4 it was idle.

ACKER

Is situated four miles from New Lexington and is operated by O. J. Archer, is is a drift opening made into the No. 5 seam and employs two miners. When visited April 3 it was in good order.

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RANDOLPH

Is situated four miles from New Lexington and is owned and operated by Perry Randolph. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam. When visited April 3 it was found idle.

FINK

Is located four miles from New Lexington and is the property of J. E. Fink, and is managed by Edgar Fink. It is a slope opening made into the No. 5 seam. The coal is hauled up by a windlass. When visited April 4 it was found idle.

CO-OPERATIVE

Is situated near New Straitsyille, on the C, H. V. & T. R’y, and is owned and operated by Martin A Roan, of New Straikville. J. M. Roan is superintendent and mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam and is worked on the single entry system. Part of the mine is ventilated by a fire basket and part by natural means. Sixty-five miners and five day hands are employed. On my first inspection, March 16,1 found two places that required breakthroughs which I ordered made. On September 10 it was found idle.

No. 51

Is situated near New Straitsville, on the C, H. V. & T. R’y, and is operated by the Myers Coal Company, of New Straitsville. J. H. Myers is general manager. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam, is worked on the single entry system and has natural ventilation. Six miners are employed. When visited March 14 it was in a fair condition. On August 14 it was found idle.

No. 37

Is located near New Straitsville, on the G, H. V. A T. R’y, and is operated by C. Essex, who is also superintendent, and H. H. Essex mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam, is worked on the single entry system and is ventilated by a fire basket. Thirty-three miners and two day hands are employed. When visited March 16 it was found in good order. On August 14 it was found idle. Michael Maloy was fatally injured in this mine on Friday, July 20, by a fall of slate and died from the effects of the injury on Tuesday, August 7, 1894. Mr. Alexander Beattie, Inspector of the second district, investigated the cause of the accident in my absence.

No. 11

Is situated near New Straitsville, on the G, H. V. & T. R’y, and is operated by the Great Vein Goal Mining Company. Jerry Donnelly is superintendent and Eli Brush mine boss. It is a drift opening, made into the No. 6 seam, is worked on the double entry system and ventilated by a furnace. Twenty-four miners and three day hands are employed. It was visited March 14 and August 14 and found idle on both dates.

cox

Is located near New Straitsville, on the C, H. V. & T. R’y, and is operated by Mathew Cox & Co., of New Straitsville, and is managed by J. M. Dennis. It is a drift opening, made into the No. 6 seam, is opened on the double entry system, has an air shaft and natural ventilation. Three miners are employed. It was visited August 14.

so. 76

Is located near New Straitsville, on the C, H. V. A T. R’y, and is operated by Padden Sons & Co. It is a new drift opening made into No. 6 seam. Eleven miners are employed. The mine is situated 3,300 feet from the hoppers. The coal will be conveyed from the mine to that point by a small locomotive. It was visited September 10. They had not yet appointed officers.

No. 7

Is located at New Straitsville, on the C, II. V. & T. R’y, and is operated by White & Thompson and managed by J. M. White. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam. Six miners are employed. They have lately driven the entry through the hill providing natural ventilation for the mine. It was visited September 26, and found in good order.

No. 47

Is located at New Straitsville, on the C, H. V. & T. R’y, and is operated by Mathew Wilson Sons .& Co., and managed by Mathew Wilson. It is a drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal and has natural ventilation. Eight miners are employed. When visited September 25, it was found in good order.

NO. 49

Is located at New Straitsville, on the C, H. V. & T. R’y, and is operated by William Alexander & Co., of New Straitsville, and managed by C. Stobbs. It is a new drift opening made into the No. 6 seam. Ten miners and one day hand are employed. The coal is run over the old No. 49 hoppers. It has natural ventilation. When visited September 25, it was in good order.

ao. 77

Is situated at New Straitsville, on the C, H. V. & T. R’y, operated by the Stewart Coal Company, of New Straitsville, and managed by Thos. Archibald. It is a new drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal. Five miners are employed. Natural ventilation is used. It was visited September 25, and found in good order.

No. 69

Is located on the Rock Run branch of the B. & O. R’y, and is operated by Call, Hughes & Co, of New Straitsville. It is a new drift opening made into the No. 6 seam, has an air way but it has not yet been connected with the face of the works. It was visited September 25.

POWELL OR NO. 29

Is a local mine situated at New Straitsville and is operated by Emerick & Powell, of New Straitsville, and managed by Samuel Emerick. Two miners are employed. It is a new drift opening made into the No. 6 seam. There is but one opening but they expect to have another soon. It was inspected September 25.

O’OONNELL OR NO. 35

Is situated at New Straitsville, on the C, H. V. & T. R’y, operated by James O’Donnell & Co., of New Straitsville, and managed by James O’Donnell. It is a new drift opening made into the No. 6 seam of coal. The tipple screens and scales are erected but the switch had not yet been completed. It was visited October 31.

HOBO

Is located near New Hamburgh, on the Buckingham branch of the G, S. & H. R’y, and operated by the Hobo Coal Company, of Glouster. L. C. Tippett is superintendent and J as. H. Palmer mine boss. It is a drift opening made into the No. 7 seam of coal which is here four and one-half feet in thickness and runs very regularly. Sixteen miners and one day hand are employed. It is opened on the double entry system, has an air shaft sunk and is ventilated by a fire basket. It was inspected September 28, and found in very good order.

LEXINGTON CLAY

Is situated at New Lexington and operated by Rogers, McDonald & Co., of that place, and managed by Thos. Flemming. It is a new drift opening made into the No. 4 seam of coal which is here one foot in thickness. Thirteen miners are employed. The heading is driven in the coal and clay shot up in some places to the depth of ten feet. Both clay and coal are used at the brick yards. There is an air shaft sunk and the mine is ventilated by a fire basket. When inspected October 29, it was found in excellent condition.

REPOKT OF JOHN E. SHORT, 
Inspector of the First District, from November 15, 1893, to April 30, 1894.

Hon. R. M. Haseivtine, Chief Inspector of Mines:

Dear Si»: I herewith submit to you my final report of the work of the first district for a period of five and one-half months terminating April 30, 1894.

It is with mingled feelings of satisfaction and regret that I sever my official connection with the Department of Mines and Mining, -atisfaetion in knowing that the work of the first district has passed into the hands of a capable, earnest and conscientious official, regret that in many instances the associations and friendships formed during the pist three y ars are personally at an end and remain only as pleasant memories.

I bespeak for my successor the same generous treatment and uniform courtesy which, with but few exceptions, has been accorded me by miners and operators throughout the district.

It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I recall the many acts of kindness of which I have been the recipient at your hands, and I now tender you my sincere and heartfelt thanks.

Wishing for yourself and assistants a successful administration of the affairs of the department,

I remain, very respectfully,

John E. Short, Inspector First District.

Carbon Hill, Ohio, April 80,1894.

HOCKING COUNTY.

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LOST RUN NO. 1

Ii located near New Straitaville, on the C, H. V. & T. B. R., and ii owned by the Loet Run Coal Co., of Nelson ville, Ohio. When visited December 15, it was found idle and on February 21, it was in very fair condition. Joseph Slater is superintendent and Samuel Coulter mine boss.

LOST RUN NO. 2

Is under the same management as No. 1 and is ventilated by the same fan. On my last visit the main straight entries on the north side and the Fox entry on the east aide were stopped until the ventilation could be improved. Brattices and doors were ordered repaired and stoppings improved.

LOST RUN NO. 8

Is also the property of the Lost Run Coal Co., and is under the same management. When last visited it had been temporarily suspended.

MORRIS MO. 1

Is owned and operated by the Morris Coal Co., of Cleveland, Ohio, and is located at Sand Run, on the C, H. V. &T. R. R. It has never been found in a very good condition and when visited February 23. was in bad order. The mine had been idle for several days during which time the fan had not run and the foul gases had accumulated in such a degree as to prevent any person working. The men were ordered to remain out of the mine until such time as it might be placed in good order. One hundred and twenty-six miners and fifty-nine day hands are employed, with George W. firashears superintendent and John McMillen mine boss.

MORRIS MO. 2

Is located at Jobs, on the Brush Fork branch of the C., H. V. & T. R. R., and is under the management of George W. Br&shears, superintendent, and John A. Hopkins, mine boss.

MORRIS MO. 8

Is also the property of the Morris Coal Co., and is situated near No. 2, both mines using the same hoppers to handle their output. George W. Brashears is superintendent and Edward Fluke mine boss.

NEW PITTSBURGH MO. 6

Is the property of the New Pittsburgh Coal Company, and is located at Blatchford, an the Brush Fork branch of the C, H. V. A T. *. R. When visited April 6, it was found in better condition than at any time previous, another opening having been made for air and a new fan erected. One hundred and twenty-five miners are employed and forty-three day hands, with James R. Birkbeck superintendent and William Powers mine boss.

NEW PITTSBURGH NO. 7

Is located near No. 6, both mines using the same hoppers. One hundred and fifty miners and fifty-eight day hands are employed, with James R. Birkbeck superintendent and George W. Butts mine boss. When yisited April 7, it was found in fair condition except that a few of the doors and brattices were in need of repairs, whieh were ordered.

PITTSBURGH NOS. 8 AND 9

Are known as the Monarch mines and are located about one mile above the old mines. They are also the property of the New Pittsburgh Coal Company, and are under the management of James R. Birkbeck. When last visited both were idle and no inspection was made.

CONSOLIDATED

Is located at Consol on the Brush Fork branch of the C, H. V, 4 T. R. R., and is owned and operated by the Consolidated Coal and Mining Co., of Cincinnati, O. November 22, the mine was found in good condition and on April 3 the scales were tested and found correct. One hundred miners and seventy-six day hands are employed, with M. E. Shafer superintendent and Geo. J. Thomas mine boss.

O. A H. G. A I. CO., NO. 19, NORTH HILL,

Is the property of the C. & H. C. & I. Co., of Columbus, 0., and is located at New Longstreth. When last visited, it was in very fair condition, with the exception of the roof on the rope switch on the north entry, which I regarded as unsafe and ordered taken down. One hundred and forty miners and seventy-five day hands are employed, with T. D. Price superintendent.

NO. 19, SOUTH SIDE,

Is under the same management as the North Side and is situated near by, both using the same hoppers. When visited April 5, it was found temporarily suspended.

No. 15, c. A H. o. 4 I. OS).,

Is located at Sand Run and is leased and operated by the Jacoby Coal Co. Fourteen miners and two day hands are employed, with Aaron Green superintendent and mine boss. The mine is in fair condition, except that the stoppings and brattice* were in need of repairs.

MONDAY, OLD MINE,

Is operated by the Stalter Coal Co., and is located at Monday, on the C, H. V. & T. R. R. Forty-four miners and twelve day hands are employed, with Robert Stalter superintendent and Chas. Stalter mine boss. There has been but little work at this place and they have necessarily been slow in completing the improvements ordered, among which were a door on the Hammond entry and two breakthroughs on the cutoff.

MONDAY, NEW MINE,

Is under the same management as the old mine and is nearly exhausted. There is nothing but pillar work and only six men are employed. April 4, the scales were tested and found correct.

MONDAY NO. 8

la the old original Monday mine which has been idle for several years. It ia being cleaned up preparatory to removing the pillars. Robert Stalter is superintendent aad Chas. Btaiter mine boas.

80 MER8

Is located at Monday, on the O, H. V. & T. K’y, and ia operated under a lease by the Monday Coal Co., with James Kerr superintendent. Fourteen miners and five day hands are employed. During the latter part of April the mine was fired by some unknown persons and is now a roaring mass of flames entirely beyond control.

MURRAY CITY NO. 29

Is operated by the Greendale ‘Furnace Co., and is located at Murray City, on the 0., H. V. & T. K R. One hundred and six miners and fifty day hands are employed, with Chas. Boardman superintendent and J. W. Miskell mine boss. When visited March 15, the mine was in fair condition, except the third and fourth west entries on the north side where the air current was deficient. Doors and brattices were ordered repaired and the doors to be carefully attended.

COALGATE

Is located four miles above Murray City, on the C, H. V. & T. R. R., and is operated by the Somers Coal Co., of Columbus, O. Sixty miners and twenty-six day hands are employed, with Zeth Williams superintendent and W. Lewis mine boss. It was found idle when visited and was not inspected.

BLACK DIAMOND

Is located at Haydenville and is owned and operated by the Haydenville Mining and Manufacturing Co., with John W. Jones superintendent and Daniel Walters, mine boss. Work is very slack and irregular here and the mine was not in operation when visited.

COTTON ALLEN

Is a clay mine located at Haydenville and is under the supervision of John W. Jones.

TUNNEL

I- a clay mine situated at Haydenville and is the property of the Haydenville Mining and Manufacturing Company. John W. Jones has entire supervision.

COLUMBUS BRICK AND TERRA C0TTA COMPANY

Is a clay mine located at Union Furnace, on the C, H. V. & T. R. R., seven miles south of Logan. E. Lovejoy is superintendent.

KISTLERS

Is located near Carbon Hill, on the C, H. V. & T. R . R., and is operated by J. F. Schuler who acts in the capacity of superintendent. Six miners and two day hands are employed. When visited February 22, it was in fair condition.

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One Response to “Annual report of the Chief Inspector of Mines of Ohio, Issue 20, 1895”

  1. Cinda said

    My GR Grandfather was Lewis C. Lewis, a miner. His father Thomas J. Lewis, also a miner came from Wales. Anyone know anything about wither of them>

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