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Mention of Oskaloosa from 1894

Extracted from:

The Twenty-Fifth General Assembly of the State of Iowa, Vol. 4

Sixth Biennial Report of the State Mine Inspectors
Two Years Ending June 30, 1893


[Mine Operator:] AMERICAN COAL COMPANY

Oskaloosa, Iowa, operates a slope mine, situated on the Washington branch of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad at Evans, Iowa. The vein is from 5 to 6 feet thick, and is worked room and pillar. The coal is hauled to the foot of the slope by an endless rope system, about one and one-half miles in extent. The mine is ventilated by a sixteen foot fan, and has a daily outpuot of 1,000 tons which is shipped on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad. Men and boys are employed.

W.A. McNeil, General Manager
R.E. Wilson, Superintendent



GARFIELD COAL COMPANY

Oskaloosa, Iowa, operates a slope mine one mile west of Beacon. The output of this mine is hauled to the tipple by a tail rope, and is shipped on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad; the vein is 5 feet thick, is worked room and pillar, and ventilated by an 8 foot fan; 100 men are employed; capacity, 300 tons per day.

J.H. Ramsey, Superintendent



IOWA FUEL COMPANY

Oskaloosa, Iowa, owns and operates a shaft at East Excelsior, Iowa. This mine is a new opening 148 feet deep. The coal is five and one-half feet thick, and worked under the double entry system; is ventilated by a 10 foot fan in three currents. One hundred and twenty five men employed; capacity, 300 tons.

William Reed, Pit Boss
E.C. Smith, Superintendent



LONG BROS.

Oskaloosa, Iowa, operate a shaft mine 90 feet deep. The coal is six and one-half feet thick, worked room and pillar, and ventilated by a 6 foot fan. The output is hoisted by steam and shipped on the Burlington & Northwestern railroad. Ten men are employed in summer and twenty in winter.

Henry Long, Superintendent



OSKALOOSA COAL COMPANY

Oskaloosa, Iowa, operates two mines. No. 1 is located on Iowa Central railroad, one mile south of Oskaloosa, the shaft is 72 feet deep to coal seam, which is 5 feet thick, and worked room and pillar; 65 men are employed. Capacity, 125 tons; ventilated by 8 foot fan; coal shipped on Iowa Central railroad.

John Ramsey, Superintendent


Shaft No. 2 is situated two miles west of Beacon, is 40 feet deep, worked by the double entry system, and is ventilated by 10 foot fan; the coal is 6 feet thick, hoisted by steam; 130 mean are employed; capacity, 400 tons.

John Ramsey, Superintendent



Also located in Oskaloosa, Iowa

  • S. Andrews operates a local mine half a mile west of Oskaloosa. Employs 6 to 8 men in winter.
  • J.D. Guthrie operates a mine for local trade. The shaft is 61 feet deep. Coal is 5 feet thick, and is worked room and pillar. Employs 10 men; ventilated by fan.

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