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Coal Miners Memorial Morrisdale Mines, Morrisdale, Clearfield Co., PA

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Morrisdale Mine No. 6,
Morrisdale No. 10 Mine,

Morrisdale,
Morris Twp.,
Clearfield County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Morrisdale Mines, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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Raymond A. Washlaski

Raymond A. Washlaski, Historian, Editor,
Ryan P. Washlaski, Technical Editor,

Updated Oct. 6, 2010

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Morrisdale, Morris Twp., Clearfield Co., PA
[Located on the Clearfield Electric Railway and the New York Central Railroad.]
See: Morrisdale Coal Company, Morrisdale, PA

Morrisdale Mines (ca.1875- ?  ), Morrisdale, Clearfield Co., PA
Owners: (ca.1875-  ?  ), Morrisdale Coal Company, Morrisdale, PA
              (ca.1876-  ? ), R. B. Wigton Company,

Morrisdale Shaft No. 1 Mine (ca.1912-    ?    ), a shaft mine, located on the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad, 1 mile south of Morrisdale, Morris Twp., Clearfield Co., PA
Owners: (ca.1912-   ?    ), Morrisdale Coal Company, Morrisdale, PA
              (ca.1914-   ?    ), Morrisdale Coal Company,

Morrisdale Shaft No. 2 Mine (ca.1912-    ?    ), a shaft mine, located on the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad, 1 mile south of Morrisdale, Morris Twp., Clearfield Co., PA
Owners: (ca.1912-   ?    ), Morrisdale Coal Company, Morrisdale, PA
              (ca.1914-   ?    ),

Morrisdale Shaft No. 3 Mine (ca.1912-    ?    ), a shaft mine, located on the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad, Allport, Morris Twp., Clearfield Co., PA
Owners: (ca.1912-   ?    ), Morrisdale Coal Company, Morrisdale, PA
              (ca.1914-   ?    ),

Morrisdale Shaft No. 4 Mine (ca.1912-    ?    ), a shaft mine, located on the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad, 1 mile south of Morrisdale, Morris Twp., Clearfield Co., PA.
[Morrisdale Shaft No. 4 Mine was listed as a new mine ca.1912.]
Owners: (ca.1912-   ?    ), Morrisdale Coal Company, Morrisdale, PA

Morrisdale Shaft No. 5 Mine (ca.1912-    ?    ), a shaft mine, located on the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad, 1 mile south of Morrisdale, Morris Twp., Clearfield Co., PA
Owners: (ca.1912-   ?    ), Morrisdale Coal Company, Morrisdale, PA

Morrisdale Shaft No. 6 Mine (ca.1912-    ?    ), a shaft mine, located on the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad, 1 mile south of Morrisdale, Morris Twp., Clearfield Co., PA
Owners: (ca.1912-   ?    ), Morrisdale Coal Company, Morrisdale, PA

A portion of the U.S. G. S. 15min. Philipsburg, PA Quad. topo map ca.1922, showing Morrisdale, Morris Twp., Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area.
[Courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.]

DESCRIPTION:

HISTORY:
In a diary of John Emerson Chamberlin of Albany, Vermont. In it he describes his travels to Philadelphia's Centennial Exhibition of 1876 and then to the coal mines to visit his brother-in-law Charles Fletcher (born c. 1839).

Chamberlin writes:

“Monday, June 19, 1876 …took the train at 12 midnight for Huntingdon. Tickets from there to Riddlesburg $2.10. Got to Charlie’s about 11 AM. Just had a great forecast (?) and carried off all the bridges through country”.

“Tuesday, June 20, 1876 – Looked about some and got rested a little. Found Charlie pleasantly situated”.

“Wednesday, June 21st – Went with Charlie down to Riddlesburg furnaces and saw them dumping coal and making pig iron – very interesting to me – rode a mule for the first time also saw them making coke. It takes two kinds of iron ore and limestone and coke to make pig iron; all thrown into the furnace in equal proportions”.

“Thursday, June 22, 1876 – Went over the mountain with Charlie on the mule’s back about 16 miles and saw many mines and villages, some deserted on account of dullness of the coal trade. A very hard and also interesting ride. 16 miles mule riding at one trip a little too much for me – am quite sore and lame. I hope to wake up some day”.

“Friday, June 23rd – Am all right this morning. Went down in the coal mines. Went down the shaft two hundred feet or more and then wandered off over the different coal routes. Had a mule ride underground more than a thousand feet – saw them mining coal, hauling up in the elevator and dumping on the cars to top – very interesting to me”.

“Saturday, June 24th – Helped Charlie and Mary make carpets and put down one and set-up the furniture. Took all day”.

Monday, June 26th – Was awakened about half past 12 by the cry of a baby born to Charles and Mary. Started from there at 9 o’clock, got dinner at Huntingdon $1.00, tickets $14.26, got to Philadelphia half past seven. Went to our boarding house…”

When Charles Fletcher’s mother died February 16, 1882 in Albany, Vermont her estate was settled by March 1883. That month a check for $450.62 (his share of her estate) was mailed to C. H. Fletcher, Morrisdale Mines, Clearfield County, PA.

Although neither Chamberlin nor Fletcher is an ancestor of mine, I was intrigued by the accounts of mining in the diary and found your website. Feel free to use any of this if it interests you for your website.

[Courtesy of Dan Taylor, Saint Paul, MN]

Coal Miners Memorial Morrisdale Mines,
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