NO. 7 MINE SHUT DOWN - 1930 - Staunton Macoupin County IL
contributed by Joan Miley 2003

STAUNTON STAR-TIMES, Staunton, Macoupin Co, IL, Thurs 20 Feb 1930 page 1 col 1


It falls to the lot of a newspaper to print bad news as well as good news and unfortunately we are compelled this week to give space to an item which we would far rather not publish, namely the shutting down of the No. 7 mine of the Consolidated Coal Co.

Word was received at the local offices of the company on Friday, ordering that no more coal be cut and that the men be instructed to clean up their places, preparatory to a shutdown of indefinite duration.

Statements subsequently made by officials of the company are to the effect that the shutdown is due to inability of the company to secure sufficient market for its product to warrant continued operation of the shaft. Since January 1 the Wabash railroad, who had a contract with No. 7 mine, have transferred a portion of their business to West Virginia and this has had a direct bearing on the local mine. The company's sales department is making strenuous efforts for additional business and it is possible that the shutdown may not be of as long duration as is now feared.

The order to close down the mine affects approximately 500 men, some of whom were working full time while others had only part-time employment. All of the cleanup work was completed on Tuesday and the mine has not operated since.

Staunton has been running in a lot of hard luck lately so far as its coal mines are concerned and this most recent bit of unfavorable news came unexpectedly and several months earlier than has been the custom in previous years.

The No. 15 mine of the Consolidated will continue to operate, working as many days as the volume of business obtainable will justify.

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