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A Frightful Accident

Posted by JRW on March 11, 2014

day unknown
William “Peck” Hamrick. Herb Ward, earnest Morrison, Red Circle Mine
Jobs, Shawnee



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Jobs Miners

Posted by JRW on March 3, 2014

Jobs, Elmer Gears


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Ed Gears -Jobs Miner

Posted by JRW on March 2, 2014



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Ed Love, Coal Miner

Posted by JRW on March 1, 2013



   My great grandfather, Edward Love, emigrated  from Sweden when he was seventeen years old and settled in Jobs to work in the coal mines.  Edward’s birth name was Karl Enock Lof and he grew up in Vartofta, a small  farming community in southern Sweden.   Edward’s brother, Charles, immigrated first in 1885, and Edward and his brother, John, followed in 1887.  Their sister, Hulda, joined them in 1892 and brother, Axle, arrived in 1893.     All of the brothers worked in the Jobs mines.


A mine safety inspection was conducted on Sunday Creek Mine Number 3X on February 13, 1914, and the Love Brothers were ordered to “procure blankets, stretchers as required by law and to procure boxes to hold powder.”  During their August 10th inspection, conditions were satisfactory.  On September 11, the scales were measured and found to be inaccurate.  On November 24, 1914, everything was “satisfactory” once again.


In Jobs, the Love family lived with other Swedish immigrants.   John Johnson, his wife Hattie, and their seven children were among these Swedish families.  Johan Viktor, who changed his name to William, was the first in the Johnson family to emigrate from Sweden  to Jobs in 1879.  He was followed two years later by his sister, Hedda, and eleven years later by his parents, four sisters, and brother Oscar.   One of the sisters, Selma Johnson, would eventually marry my great grandfather, Edward Love.   According to the 1900 census, the area where John Johnson’s family lived was known as “Sweed Hill.”  John Johnson’s job was to check the cars as they emerged from the mine entrance.  John Johnson’s son, Oscar, settled in Murray City and worked as a coal miner all of his life


Edward Love’s daughter, Sigrid Love, who was born in Jobs in 1894, left this journal entry about visits she made to Jobs to visit the Johnsons after the Love family had moved to Nelsonville:  “My grandparents lived very close to the entrance of the Jobs mine.  There was just a small bridge between the mine and their home.  Little did I think when I went on the train to visit grandmother and sit on her porch and watch the cars do down, that it was at that time the biggest coal mine in the world.  I went with grandmother to the company store which carried everything which thrilled me.”


An excerpt from a Letter to the Editor of the Athens Messenger dated July 8, 1932 signed by “An Old Timer” described why the Love Brothers left the coal mining industry:
“Dear Editor:

The following is a list of some of the coal companies about Nelsonville that were put out of business on account of losses greater than investments or ability of owners of the mine to continue bearing:  New Pittsburgh Coal Co….Love Brothers…Doanville Coal Co…and other.” (38 coal companies were listed)


And the following are some of the Nelsonville citizens who invested in coal mining properties and were forced out of business by heavy losses:  J. M. Lama….John Love…Edward Love…Dr. Dew…


The cause of these losses were high wages and drastic conditions imposed by the miners’ union which forced many large operators and large consumers of coal in the five unionized states to open mines in the West Virginia and Kentucky fields where there is no miner’s union.”

In her journal, Sigrid Love summed up the pride our family feels about the accomplishments of the Love and Johnson families:  “I don’t supposed there’s a family living that has a history like ours in Jobs.  Just think—they came here from Sweden and didn’t know a word of English.  I’d say they did a pretty good job and we should be proud of them.  I wonder what we would do if we went to Sweden to get work and not know any of the language.  I feel proud of our ancestors!”





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Alarming Condition of the Miners

Posted by JRW on November 4, 2012

July 25, 1895 The Athens Messger and Herald
Sunday Creek Valley, Jobs,  Buchtel, Murray City, Carbon Hill, Sand Run, Glouster, Happy Hollow

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Bain Collection 4

Posted by JRW on July 26, 2012

Bain Collection 4

This is a partial list of  documents  in the Bain Collection that has not been entered onto the Archive website.
The actual documents can only be viewed in the LCBD office Shawnee, Ohio


  1. A collection of notes from Walter Ervin as a beginning for a possible book on Millfield History
  2. Included are notes on Chapters for the never finished publication
  3. Notes on ventilation of mines,Timelines and Millfield history
  4. The Poston family
  5. The Kozma family
  6. Interviews with retired miners
  7. Newspaper articles on Millfield life in general, and the Millfield Mine Disaster in particular
  8. Research notes on the skills of mining. Information on Bailey’s Run,
  9. Pictures of Jobs and Millfield  & Orbiston
  10. Negatives of Railroad train in Corning
  11. By-laws and minutes of Millfield Memorial committee

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Jobs Houses

Posted by JRW on June 20, 2012

Jobs Houses

Jobs Houses Jobs Hollow
from  Walter R. Ervin

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Mine No. 2 Jobs, Ohio

Posted by JRW on June 13, 2012

Mine No. 2 Jobs, Ohio

The mine operated untill 1940.  It was a slope mine – there were two mines (NO 1 and No 2) served by one tipple.  They used horses to  pull mine cars out of the mine and perform other haulage chores.  The stable for these horses could accomadate 125 horses.  The hill along the track, with the RR cars at the base is a pile of slack coal. Jobs, Hocking County

from Walter R. Ervin

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B & O Switch

Posted by JRW on January 9, 2012

B & O Switch

New Lex Tribune
William Job, Hazelton, C & H. C. & I,


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A Brief History of Athens County

Posted by JRW on June 29, 2011

DO-EX-06 , Clement Martzolff,  1916  

Book is available as a pdf download. Click Here to Download

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Athens County Mine Inspections 1910

Posted by JRW on February 21, 2011

Annual report of the chief inspector of mines for the year ending Dec 31, 1910

Issue 36

By Ohio. Inspector of Mines


John L. Mcdonald.

Composed Of Athens County.

Hon.. Geo. Harrison6, Chief Inspector of Mines. Columbus, Ohio.

Dear Sir:—I herewith submit the annual report of the Third Mining District of Ohio, for the year beginning January 1, 1910, and ending December 31, 1910.

The district is composed of Athens County, the mines are operated in the number 6, 7 and 8 seams of coal, the number 6 varying from 4 to 6} ft. in thickness, consisting in the main of shaft mining, at a depth of from 80 to 450 ft., has formerly been overlayed with a splint coal top, but has been gradually developing into a very bad white slate top, which is full of slips and joints, rendering the occupation of the miner more hazardous, and great vigilance will have to be exercised on the part of both miner and the management, and with an increased cost of mining, to be mined with any reasonable degree of safety. The No. 7 seam is about 4 ft. in thickness, and is being developed mainly in Trimble township, on the Hocking Valley side, where it is mined in the hill tops. Two new mines have been opened in the No. 7 seam during the year, operations being comparatively small as compared with the No. 6 seam. The No. 8 seam is not very extensively worked, on account of poor transportation and a large amount of refuse found in the vein. This seam is from 5 to 9 ft. in thickness, separated with a natural strata of 15 inches of slate in the middle, and a large amount of other impurities. The mines, with the exception of a few small ones, are equipped with electric mining machinery. Rope and motor haulage, with large steam driven fans, are installed at most of the mines, with sufficient capacity to produce the required amount of ventilation, and is well distributed into the inner sections, when brick or substantial material is used for that purpose, except in mines which are rapidly being exhausted.

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Jobs Birds Eye View

Posted by JRW on February 8, 2011


Arrow pointing to Jobs Mine

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Kids at Jobs Post Office

Posted by JRW on February 8, 2011


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Store at Jobs Hollow

Posted by JRW on January 30, 2011


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