A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: Den034071 On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:01 pm

This story was taken place in a small Coal Town in PA. in 1955. The "old company" as it was known had 7 deep mines & also 4 huge breakers. Some 6000 men were employed by the LNC all supporting the main product, Anthracite Coal. Annual production exceeded 4 million tons per year.
Summer my dad & I picked coal off a culm bank near our house. Winters we kids enjoyed sledding on the hills surrounding the town. There were 6 regular riders. One of our buddies was a lil guy called Duelly. Duelly had 1 arm missing below the elbow. He had found a blasting cap on a culm bank & it exploded. His arm was amputated. His dad was killed in a mine accident. The family consisted of 13 kids.
Five of us kids had sleds except Dulley. We used to take turns riding double with Dulley. One Saturday we were sledding near the #6 blacksmith shop which was the bottom of the hill where we landed. Old Ben, the forman had been watching us & asked why the one armed kid didn't have a sled of his own. Dulley told him about his dad dying & his mom was now working in a shirt factory, so there was little money. Ben said you kids come here next Saturday around noon. Expecting candy, we were on time. Line up, Ben said & gave us all some candy then he handed Dulley a rope & Dulley asked, what's the rope for? Ben then hollared to Sam in the Blacksmith Shop to bring it out, & there appeared a brand new sled, the runners were black and all wood was bright red. Duelly was stunned, he couldn't believe it. He was so happy to be like the rest of his friends. From then on we always visited with Ben when we went sledding.
A TRUE STORY! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. Jack from Coaldale
Den034071
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer, 3095

Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:05 pm

Nice Jack,thank you. Same back at ya my brother:)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:07 pm

The true Christmas spirit. Thanks for sharing.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined


Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:39 pm

Thank you. That was wonderful. Have a safe and Merry Christmas.

Paul
Sunny Boy
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Anthracite Industrial, domestic hot water heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood range 208, # 6 base heater, Modern Oak 118.
Coal Size/Type: Nuts !
Other Heating: Oil &electric plenum furnace

Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:42 pm

Thanx,Jack ! That made my Day ! Keep 'Em coming. Some day,you'll have to let us know how 'Ol Duelly turned out. Merry Christmas To You And Yours ! :cheers:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:41 pm

WOW! That is what this time of year is all about. Thanks for the story, Merry Christmas :D :D
2001Sierra
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent

Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: GoodProphets On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:29 am

Great story, great times!

Happy Holidays
GoodProphets
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Anthra Rice
Other Heating: 3 Fireplaces

Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:25 pm

A wonderful story!!! Merry Christmas!!!
Duengeon master
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harmon Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite pea and nut mix. Bituminous lump

Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: Ed.A On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:33 am

Heart Warming. Thanks, this time of year is not all that great to me anymore, but man that made me smile.
Ed.A
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: franco b On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:18 pm

Who got the greater gift? The kid or the blacksmith?

"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.....That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly."-----Mathew

Many believe this to be literally true, as do I. Even without religious connotations there are sound biological reasons for its truth as proven by the response of those reading the story.
franco b
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Modern Oak 114
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: samhill On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:32 pm

I would say it kind of restores ones faith in mankind. Thanks & a Merry Christmas to you as well.
samhill
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker/hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75

Re: A Merry Christmas Coal Region story

PostBy: JohnnyV On: Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:21 pm

Great story. Have a very Merry Christmas!
JohnnyV
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 254
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Pellet stove far end of house
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 254