Coal Miner Pranks at Lehigh Coal Mine .by Jack

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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Post Fri. May. 12, 2017 1:00 pm

A retired miner visiting the no. 9 mine an museum told me this story .A newly wed miner just came back from his honeymoon .The prank takes place in the wash shanty .Each day a miner washes his buddys back as after a shift in the mines a guy is really black an dirty .Well chas m told the new guy I will wash your back .So chas soaped up the newly weds back from neck to waste But Left A 12 inch black streak of Unwashed Area .Figuring the newly wed will catch Hell from his wife .The bridegroom looked like a Skunk with the 12 in patch of coal grime on his back .As they dressed to go home the 2 miners giggled .Well nevt day the newly wed jumped the 2 miners an said my wife saud why is there coal dirt on the sheets .The 2 culprits owned up an after work took the newly For Shots An Beers .At the gin mill .Just another day at the no. 8 coal mine Jack
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Post Fri. May. 12, 2017 1:20 pm

:lol: The way life used to be Jack! Nice post!! :)
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Post Fri. May. 12, 2017 1:54 pm

Nice story Jack, keep them coming. It's been a long time since I heard the term "Gin Mill" :D

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Post Fri. May. 12, 2017 2:13 pm

Always a treat to hear your stories of life in the coal world. Thank you, Jack.

So many stoves - so few chimneys. I must be coal-stone crazy.

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Post Fri. May. 12, 2017 9:33 pm

Thanks Jack.
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
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Post Fri. May. 12, 2017 9:48 pm

Great story Jack. Looking forward to another meet and greet in PA.


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