|Derry Shaft No. 1 Mine & Coke
Works (ca.1892- ? ),
Located on Derry Shaft spur line from the mainline of the Pennsylvania Railroad near Pandora, northeast of Latrobe, and northwest of Bradenville, Derry Twp., Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Owners: (ca.1892-1903), Derry Coal & Coke Company, Latrobe, PA
(ca.1903- ? ), Latrobe-Connellsville Coal & Coke Company, Latrobe, PA
Derry No. 2 Shaft Mine & Coke Works
(ca.1903- ? ),
|15 Min. Latrobe Pennsylvania Quadrangle, Edition
of Dec. 1903, U.S. Geological Survey Map, showing the approximate locations
of the mines in the Brandenville area of Derry Twp. Mine locations
taken from a New Map of the Connelsville Coke Region ca.1910.
(Courtesy of Raymond A. Washlaski & The Latrobe Area Historical Society.)
|Derry No. 1 Mine & Coke Works ca.1905, Brandeville,
At the time this plant was erected for M.W. Saxman, of Latrobe, it was the largest and most modern in the territory, having a capacity of 450 coke ovens.
(Photo courtesy of the coal archives collection of the Latrobe Area Historical Society, Latrobe, PA)
|AD for Latrobe - Connellsville Coal & Coke Company,
of Latrobe, PA, from the Weekly Courier, Connellsville, PA
(Courtesy of the Coal & Coke Heritage Center, Penn State University, Fayette Campus, Uniontown, PA)
|Brandenville Company Store for Derry
No. 1 Mine
Brandenville, Derry Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA, of Saxman Coal & Coke Company, later Latrobe-Connellsville Coal & Coke Company. George Steward, Store Manager; Paul Stewart, son of store manager; Blanche Marcom and Teenie Soful, the cashiers; George Lewis and Tom Daniels, clerks; George Hill, wagon driver; George Hill and Ralph Hill, sons of the George Hill on wagon.
(Photo identified by Robert L. Jenkins, of Virginia. Photo courtesy of "The Independent," Latrobe, PA, July, 1995)
|The following is from a letter published
in "The Independent," Latrobe, PA, July, 1995 from Robert L. Jenkins, of
Virginia, about the above picture.
The Brandenville Company Store pictured above, belonged to the Saxman Coal & Coke Company, of Brandenville. This frame building is still standing and has been made into a store room and apartments by the Cignetto family (ca.1995). The building is still standing on the main street of Bradenville.
The Saxman Coal & Coke Company had sold out to the Latrobe-Connellsville Coal & Coke Company and this building was for the Derry No. 1 Mine Company Store. In 1907 the first building burned down and the building pictured was built. This store was like the Kaufmann's store in Pittsburgh (a Pittsbugh Department Store that is no longer in business) it sold "Everything Under the Sun." It sold everything from plows and shears to men's and women's suits. At that time it had the reputation of selling more goods than any store in Westmoreland County.
As to the people in the picture, I knew them all and as a teenager I rode on that store wagon and helped the driver deliver the customers' orders to their homes. George Steward was the store manager. The store sold dynamite and caps to the coal miners to use in the mines, and as he was demonstrating to one of the miners how to use the dynamite and caps, one of the caps exploded and blew out one of his eyes.
Back when the coal company ran the store, Bradenville had a railroad station and the store brought supplies such as flour, potatoes and sugar by the railroad carload. Also beef cattle for slaughter.
|Derry No. 1 Mine Miners
Miners from Derry No. 1 Mine & Coke Works, of the Latrobe - Connellsville Coal and Coke Company, at Bradenville . The miners were on strike in 1910.
(Photo courtesy of "The Independent," Latrobe Oct. 19, 1995 & The Latrobe Area Historical Society, Latrobe, PA)
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