NO. 2 MINE STILL IDLE - 1933 - Staunton Macoupin County IL
contributed by Joan Miley 2003

STAUNTON STAR-TIMES, Staunton, Macoupin Co, IL, Thurs 27 April 1933 page 4


No. 2 mine of the Mt. Olive & Staunton Coal Company is still idle, and during the past few days the mules have been hoisted from the shaft and the fires drawn from under the boilers. We are informed that the men employed at the shaft have decided to "stay at home" until the company adopts a plan of division of work which will meet their approval. So far as we have been able to learn, the officials of the company have indicated that they contemplate no change from the plan that was laid before the members of the local union. The mine stands ready for immediate resumption of operations whenever the men are ready to work, officials have stated, and the company will operate with a sufficient force of men to take care of the present coal sales, which amount to about 1200 tons daily. At the present, with the mine idle, approximately this much coal is being purchased daily to fill orders. The cessation of work at No. 2 mine means quite a bit to the people of this community. In February the payrolls amounted to about $27,000, in March about $28,000, and for the time worked in April about $12,000 will he paid out today. We sincerely hope that some satisfactory way of resuming operations at the mine will he found very soon.

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