Published on December 30, 2018
"Put it in the cart, run it on through, a lot of improvement. Kinda like it is now. You mash a button on it now. You used to have to get it. A man’s strength."
B.D. Oglestree describes his early life and his children.
Jobs in the Coal Mines
B.D. Oglestree recalls some of the jobs in the coal mine and what it was like to work there.
Life in Docena
B.D. Oglestree recalls day to day life in Docena.
B.D. Oglestree describes the annual May Day festival.
B.D. Oglestree describes some common activities for children, especially boy scouts.
B.D. Oglestree recalls the different denominations of churches in Docena.
The Docena Economy
B.D. Oglestree describes the quality of the commissary and buying groceries on credit.
B.D. Oglestree recalls the formation of the union and strikes.
B.D. Oglestree clarifies the details of wages and salaries for mine work.
B.D. Oglestree recalls race relations and politics within the union.
B.D. Oglestree describes the company-provided health care.
Changes in the Mine and Safety Concerns
B.D. Oglestree describes some of the changes in mining work.
Hours and Wages
B.D. Oglestree explains the shift system in the mines and recalls changes in wages from the Depression to the Seventies.
B.D. Oglestree discusses the support that TCI offered while the mine was closed during the Depression, as well as other forms of employment during that time.
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