Thanks for getting back to me -- I'm glad to hear the links were useful.
Here are some more resources that I expect will be helpful to you as well:
Memories of Widen & Dille, W.Va.
Coal Miners' Supper
both of which are part of the collection of oral histories presented
here (not all have links, unfortunately):
Oral History Index Page
You might want to have a librarian help you locate copies of these books:
Two books of oral histories ? Appalachian Coal Mining Memories (La
Lone 1997) and Coal Mining Lives (La Lone 1998) ? have been collected
from county mining families by Radford University research teams,
including many interviews relating to Merrimac. The oral history
project was a three-year countywide effort, linking students and
community members in an effort that rekindled and focused the county's
attention on its mining heritage
Some labor history sites are listed here:
Search the page for the word [ coal ] to find relevant links.
Another page of useful links:
And here are some other publications to be aware of:
I trust this information fully answers your question.
However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
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Request for Clarification to let me know how I can assist you further,
and I'm at your service.
All the best,
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