Browse Oral Histories - Untranscribed - UIS by Contributor "Cherniavsky, Nick"

  • Seeling, Alfred (1977)
    Seeling, coal miner, discusses his experiences in strip mines in central Illinois and Kentucky: various jobs held, strip mining, machines, and operators; life in Du Quoin and Canton, Illinois; reclamation of land, coal ...

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  • Ferguson, Ann (1976)
    Ferguson discusses coal mining in Mt. Olive, Illinois: her husband's work, mining conditions, mine fires, organization of the Progressive Miners and its Women's Auxiliary, the Mulkeytown March, strikes, violence and mine ...

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  • England, Frank (1978)
    England discusses his work as a mule driver for Springfield, Illinois coal mines: mules, cars, loads, and tracks; hazards and safety measures, and problems of coal dust. He also discusses union conflicts between the UMW ...

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  • Livers, Gale (1977)
    Livers, coal miner, discusses mining in Fulton County, Illinois and in Montana: wages, accidents and safety, pit mines and strip mines, reclamation, types of coal, union conflicts and violence, Mulkeytown March, mechanization, ...

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  • Allard, Irene (1974)
    Allard recalls growing up in a mining family in Central Illinois. She discusses her father's work as a coal miner, company houses, stores, and scrip pay; describes miner's lamps and miner's buckets; mining union activities; ...

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  • Boresi, John (1976)
    Boresi, coal miner, discusses his early years in Italy, family, immigration to U.S., life in Toluca, Illinois, coal mining, wages, mules, the United Mine Workers, the Depression, and bias against Italians. Interview by ...

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  • Boetta, Lester (1974)
    Boetta discusses coal mining and union activities in Gillespie, Illinois; organization of PMA; union conflicts; women's auxiliary; local unions; contracts; Mulkeytown March; violence; John L. Lewis; strikes; Depression; ...

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  • Haptonstall, Lila (1977)
    Haptonstall discusses husband's work in coal mines in Canton, Illinois: safety, unions and John L. Lewis, and coal production. She also discusses gardening, the Depression, and women's activities. Interview by Nick ...

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  • Rancilio, Mario (1976)
    Mario Rancilio, Italian-American coal miner, discusses coal mining in Herrin, Illinois: mules, black lung disease, mechanization, union conflicts, hazards, and women in mines. He also compares life in Italy and the U.S. ...

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  • Audi, Mary (1974)
    Audi recalls her involvement with the Progressive Miners Women's Auxiliary in Benld, Illinois and the Depression. Interview by Barbara Herndon and Nick Cherniavsky, 1974. 7 mins.

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  • Battuello, Tillie (1974)
    Tillie Battuello, coal miner's wife, discusses her experiences in the Progressive Miners of America Women's Auxiliary. Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1974. 1 tape, 90 mins.

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  • Sweeney, Tom (1977)
    Sweeney, coal miner and lawyer, discusses coal mining and union activities in Franklin and Christian Counties, Illinois: mechanization, wages, importance of coal, union conflicts, the Herrin massacre, violence, the "white ...

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  • Scopel, Victor (1975)
    Scopel discusses his experiences as a coal miner in Benld, Illinois: organization of the Progressive Miners, their meetings and leaders, union conflicts, a detailed account of the Mulkeytown March, and the Depression in ...

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