The Little Cities Archive

Shawnee, Ohio

Edward Love

Posted by JRW on May 23, 2011

by Sandy Dow

My great- grandfather Edward Love immigrated from Sweden, along with his brothers, John and Axel, to be a coal miner in Nelsonville, Ohio. The family lived, first in Jobs, and then moved to Nelsonville.

They operated Sunday Creek Mine No 3X located at New Pittsburg, Ohio on the Hocking Valley Railroad. The “Fortieth Annual Mine Report issued by the Industrial Commission of Ohio, Division of Mines, December 31, 1914” describes their mine this way:

Sunday Creek No. 3X

Located in New Pittsburg,O., on the H.V.R.R. Operated by Love Bros., Nelsonville, O. Ed Love, Nelsonville,O. Supt.  John Love, Nelsonville,O. mine boss.   Mule haulage; employs 2 machine men, 13 loaders and 1 day hand.

On the 1930 census , Ed listed his occupation as Coal Operator/ Coal Miner. Ed also mined coal at this residence at 507 Madison Avenue, Nelsonville, Ohio.

Edward’s son, Edward r., was injured in the mine in 1921, and died of “ injury causing tuberculosis of lumbar vertebrae and abscesses” and adenocarcinoma” in 1932 after eleven years of treatment and surgeries. He was 36 years old when he died.

My family is proud of our Swedish, coal mining roots in the Nelsonville community.

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