Kerr, Thomas


Title
Kerr, Thomas
Creator:
Kerr, Thomas, 1909-, interviewee; Homer, Rachel, interviewer;
Date Recorded:
1978
Date digitized:
2008
Length of interview:
47 minutes, 34 seconds
Description:

:In this interview, Thomas Kerr, who with his father, uncles and brothers has been involved with the Industrial Mine since before 1909, talks about the life of a coal miner from his personal recollections and what he remembered being told by older miners. He reminisces about the Long Strike at the Industrial Mine, the shootings during the Centennial Mine strike, the presence of the cavalry at the Industrial Mine and his experience in rescue operations after the Monarch explosion and fire. He recalls the methods used to remove coal from the mines, including the use of mules and how mechanization gradually changed coal mining, decreasing the hard physical labor but not necessarily the dangers and deaths to the miners. He also recounts the work of the United Mine Workers union in bettering conditions for the miners and their families.

Subject:
Explosions Colorado Monarch No. 2 Mine (Broomfield)
Boulder (Colo.) History.
Language:
eng
Original Format:
analog cassettes
Notes:
Local call number:
OH0017
Copyright:
Copyright restrictions applying to the use or reproduction of oral history interviews are available from the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History/Boulder Public Library.
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