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Monday, July 9, 2012

5th Day Beckley WV-Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine WV

It is our last day in this location and we decided to take is slow , visit the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine ,no need to drive to it as we are using the Museums C.G.

We booked ourselves for the 10:30AM mine tour so we had time for breakfast in the trailer.

The visit to the mine was interesting and the guide that was a Miner gave us an insight ,conditions and feelings of the people working there, but what caught us of guard are the stories behind the stories.

The Mining companies  built a village for the miners and their families that included: accommodations accordingly to the size of the family,School,Doctor,General Store.

Miners Wages

A miner was paid in 1937 66cents for each ton of coal he mined,part of the payment was in  SCRIP (like funny money) that he HAD to use ONLY in the village he lived, if the company saw that he is not buying/spending enough  in the general store they took actions against  him including taking him of the job (Slavery???).

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine WV-Payslip

Here is a pay slip from 30 September 1937

11 tons @ 66 cents Total Income=                                         $72.46

Bought with scrip for                                                            $46

Store                                                                                   $15

Rent  (Accommodations)                                                        $ 4

Coal for heating                                                                    $ 2.5

Doctor                                                                                 $ 0.75

Company  tax                                                                      $ 0.80

Burial                                                                                   $0.30

Mine checks (advance pay)                                                    $0.37

Buying with cash                                                                   $0.50

Pension                                                                                $0.74

Hauling (Minor had to pay to haul the coal he mined……          $1.50

DUE                                                                                     $1.68………..

Do you believe it????

The superintendent was paid 10 times more and his house was paid by the company as long as he played by the company rules and brought in more profit.




We meet the 96 old School Teacher in the class room and it was so interesting chatting with him,he is sharp and still drives a car (he had a good beginning salary of $220 75 years ago and took good care of himself),he is just great and so cheerful,we enjoyed meeting him.

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine WV-School

He told us about the “Old Times” and  what rules the teachers had to follow.


Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine WV- Teachers Rules

The times were harsh and people would go a long way to get and keep a job.

The rules for women teachers are even striker.

The mine .

Here are some pictures of the coal mine.

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine WV     Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine WV

By the way TODAY miners earn between $100000-120000 a month and they deserve it.

The world did change a lot and it is normal ,my only wish is that it changed for the BETTER.

Thanks for visiting.

1 comment:

Jim and Sandie said...

You guys are really seeing some great places. But I sure am glad I wasn't a teacher (or even a woman) back in those days. What a life.