NO. 15 MINE WILL CEASE TO OPERATE - 1951 - Staunton Macoupin County IL
contributed by Joan Miley 2003

STAUNTON STAR-TIMES, Staunton, Macoupin Co, IL, Thurs 17 May 1951 page 1


A notice was posted Saturday at Mine No. 15 of the Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company, located west of Mt. Olive at White City, informing the employees that the mine would be permanently closed, and it is assumed that all machinery will be removed from the bottom for use elsewhere. It is supposed that the action was taken by the company because of the high cost of bringing the coal to the top.

Mine No. 15 employed about 360 men, most of them from Mt. Olive, White City and Staunton. The mine was sunk about 50 years ago. It had been operated by the Consolidated Coal Co. of St. Louis until March 1, when the mine, together with No. 7 mine, near Staunton, and other properties were sold to the Ziegler Coal Co., and operated by the Bell & Zoller firm. For a while it was rumored that either No. 7 or No. 15, or perhaps both, would be shut down, but evidently the company has decided to continue operating No. 7, where the equipment includes a coal washer, at least for the present.

Naturally the closing of No. 15 is quite a blow to the economic welfare of this vicinity. It is hoped, however, that many of the employees may be placed at other mines of the company, and those who are at the retiring age can draw their pension allotments.

The coal mining situation all over the country has been hard hit by the extensive use of oil and gas as fuels, and the closing of No. 15 is the second shut-down in Macoupin County within the past 2 weeks, as No. 1 of the Superior Coal Company ceased operation last week (about 10 May 1951).

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