Beautiful specimen proof certificate from the E. E. White Coal Company
Company printed around 1910. This historic document has an ornate vignette of an the coal mine operation.
Incorporated in West Virginia by coal baron E. E. White operated in the Glen White and Stotesbury mining camps.
The first shipments of coal from the Glen White mines were made during the year ending June 30, 1908 by the E. E. White Coal Company. The company's two shaft mines, Nos. 1 & 2, were located on the Glen White Branch of the Virginia Railway (VGN). The mines worked the Beckley seam, with thickness of 5 feet 8 inches. During the year ending June 30, 1913, mining was done by 140 pick miners and 25 machine miners; haulage was by six 6 ton Westinghouse and four 10 ton electric motors. The coal was shipped to tidewater for steam purposes. The daily capacity of the colliery was 1000 tons. The mine employed 275 workers of which the following nationalities were reported during the year ending June 30, 1913: Inside workers included 41 Americans (white), 3 English, 2 German, 6 Hungarian, 61 Italian, 78 Negroes, 44 Polish, 1 Russian, and 1 Scotch. Outside workers included 26 Americans (white), 1 English, 4 Italian, 3 Negroes, and 4 Polish.
E. E. White Coal Company operated the Glen White mines through 1926. From 1927-1933 the mines were operated by the C. C. B. Smokeless Coal Company. During 1934-1935 the mines were operated by the Koppers Coal & Transportation Company. From 1935-1945 the mines were operated by the Koppers Coal Company.
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