Sunday, January 15, 2006

"Oh, God, for one more breath"

The recent tragedy at the Sago Mine in West Virginia reminded us of what it takes to keep our electronic society going. In these days of telecommuting, Powerpoint presentations, and cell phones, none of it would be possible without the fuel to satisfy our electronic appetite.

A few of the worst mine disasters in North America:
1900 - Explosion - Scofield, Utah - 200 dead
1902 - Explosion - Coal Creek, Alberta - 128 dead
1902 - Explosion - Coal Creek, Tennessee - 184 dead
1907 - Explosion - Monongah, West Virginia - 362 dead
1909 - Fire - Cherry Mine, Illinois - 259 dead
1913 - Explosion - Stag Canon, New Mexico - 263 dead
1914 - Explosion - Hillcrest, Alberta - 189 dead

Phyllis Boyens - Blue Diamond Mines
Reel World String Band - What She Aims To Be
These two songs from the "Coal Miming Women" cd.
James Keelaghan - Hillcrest Mine
from the "Small Rebellions" cd.

The title of this post is from a note found on the body of Henry Beach, Fraterville Mine, Coal Creek, Tennessee, 1902. This post is dedicated to mining families everywhere.


Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

There's only one thing worse than going to work on Monday morning - not going to work on Monday morning. Nice work Ed.

January 15, 2006 11:28 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Mr. BNH.

January 15, 2006 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed I have to agree with Mr. BNH nice job. I know it takes a special kind of person to be able to go down in a mine to work day after day knowing what could happen at any time
I don't think I have the Nad's for it. So thanks to all of the people that do it.....


January 16, 2006 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Yep Ed, ya done good again. The menfolk don't talk about the mines much. My mom's people are from the coal mining hills of PA. I was releaved to see PA didn't make your "list". My husband's family is from W.VA; his brother screwed up his back in the mines (he got off easy). They seem to have the same mindset as the men & women fighting a war, they know they could die today, and would rather not talk about it. God love 'em & protect 'em.

January 16, 2006 2:14 PM  

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