Hand Fired Coal Stoves (Merry Christmas)

Den034071
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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 10:45 am

A Christmas Story:
I was born in Coaldale PA. My dad, 2 grandpaws & 5 uncles worked for Lehigh Coal & Navigation.
The "Old Company" as it was known back then, employed some 6,000 men in its mining operationThen LcN produced an average of 4 million ton of coal a year. LCN had 9 collierys and numerous surface strippings.
Summers I and my Dad picked coal from a refuse bank. Dad would sling a 75 pound burlap bag of coal & go down culm banks then up the railroad tracks to our home. I've calculated this was an 1/8 or more miles to our house. 75 lbs, 1/8 mile, try it gents.
Another source of coal was the RR marshalling yard.We lived near the coal company railroad. A steam locomotive engineer, if he saw one of us on our porch, he would blow his whistle adn bump the loaded gondolas, spilling coal along the railroad tracks. We'd wait until th train left and me and my sister would go pick up the nut coal and bring it home. I never met him to thank him but I think he knew by the eay we waved & jumped up & down.
Our town had a population of about 3000 people and 31 bars and 7 churches. All did well. The miners would stop after work for a shot & a beer, "to wash the dust down".

Here is a song (1960) that our high school music teacher changed.

I'm dreaming of a black Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.
Where the coal cars glistend & children listened, to hear colliery whistles blow.
I'm dreaming of a black Christmas, with every coal car that I fill.
May your days be Merry & Bright & may all your coal be Anthracite.

A Special Merry Christmas to my dear friens, Freetown Fred, LS Greg, Fastcat, O. P., Grizzly & Rob R. Thanks & "have a healthy happy warm Christmas. Jack (Den034071)

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 10:56 am

Don't we all like taking the trip down memory lane. Great story.
Another "Merry Christmas" to all. (Even if it's not politically correct)

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 1:51 pm

Merry Christmas to all! Stay warm my friends.

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 3:33 pm

Thank you, and a safe and Merry Christmas to you too.

Greg L

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 3:37 pm

Merry Christmas to all you black rock burners!

Rich

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 3:58 pm

merry christmas to all u hand feeders...even u hopper wussissys....

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 4:02 pm

buffalo bob wrote:merry christmas to all u hand feeders...even u hopper wussissys....
Hopper wooseies! LOL! :roll: 1st time I heard that one. (Don't know how to read into it.)

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 4:10 pm

Thanks for the story and the kind words. Have a Merry Christmas!

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 4:12 pm

handfeeders open the door feel the intense heat aqnd shovel the coal in...hopper wussies never feel
joeq wrote:
buffalo bob wrote:merry christmas to all u hand feeders...even u hopper wussissys....[the intense heat ,just dump it in the hopper bu t merry christmas to them all.../quote]

Hopper wooseies! LOL! :roll: 1st time I heard that one. (Don't know how to read into it.)

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 4:14 pm

Merry Christmas back at the bunch of ya :)

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 5:14 pm

Merry Christmas to all of you coal burning sons a guns.

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 5:54 pm

..feliz navidad! buon natale! merry christmas!

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 8:17 pm

Merry Christmas all.
Gian4

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 8:34 pm

Great Story. Ahh, the good ole day.. lol

Well, Merry Christmas everyone.

I'd say to stay warm, but we all burn coal :)

Dan

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Post Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 8:45 pm

Joyeux Noel a tous.
From nortpole :)

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