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Southern West Virginia's Pioneer Coal Miners

This photograph of J. C. ( Clifton ) Forlines and some other miners was taken at the Coaldale, West Virginia mines in 1907 or 1908.  According to writing on the back of the photograph, in Mr. Forlines' handwriting, he is pictured on the front of the "mining motor" along with Lee Snider, S. Horace and ( ? ) Moore.  Clifton Forlines, shown here as a very young boy, is holding a clevice that was traditionally used to connect the "motor" to coal cars.   Mr. Clifton Forlines started to work in the mines when he was around the age of nine. What would society say today about a young child laboring under such working conditions?  

(  Material and photograph furnished by  Eleanor  Forlines Dinsmore, BHS Class '57.)

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