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Coal Mines



History of Coal Mining in Iowa
by
James H. Lees
1909





      Coal was early mined over the entire eastern part of this county to supply the local demand.  As early as 1867 there were banks opened in the bluffs of the Middle Raccoon from its entrance into the county to Fanslers and Panora in the eastern part.  The Marshall Mines on Longbranch and the Lonsdale mine on Deer Creek were among the most important then in operation and gave their names to the harizons mined.  The Marshall coal was of excellent quality, free from impurities and bright and brittle.  The Lonsdale was also a good domestic coal and proved a boon to the dwellers of the prairies. 
      In 1885 there were twenty-three mines operating along the Middle and South Raccoon rivers and their tributaries in the eastern part of the county. All were purely local.  Among the most important was the Clipper mine owned by Marchant and Winters and located near Fanslers.  It was 126 feet deep and pierced a two-foot vein which was worked longwall.  A feature unusual among the small mines was the use of storage sheds, which equalized the demand.  Several of the mines near Fanslers were from sixty to eighty feet deep.  Those farther to the east were generally shallow shafts or drifts.  A mine which supplied an important trade at Panora was that of D. D. Rees 100 feet deep, working and eighteen-inch vein.  About 1891 W. D. Simon opened the Greenbriar mine near Jamaica.  It was sixty-eight feet deep to a coal bed two feet four inches thick, and was the only one in the county worked room and pillar.  Steam hoist was utilized for some time and was the only installation of the kind in the county.  At this time coal was selling for $2.50 to $3.00 per ton at the mine and the miners received six cents per bushel.  The mines have always had a brisk trade in the winter and woing to the lack of storage facilities have often not been able to keep up with the demand as the coal was especially adapted for domestic use.
       All the mines above mentioned are still in operation and of late years a number of others have been located near Yale in the same field as the Jamaica mines and near Bayard and Bagley.  In consequence of these developments the industry has assumed quite an importance, although the output is not large as compared with some of the other counties and the country has never had a shipping mine.






 
Coal mines in Guthrie County https://programs.iowadnr.gov/maps/coalmines/




Coal Mine Fatalities and Non Fatalities


Name
Accident
Date
Age
Fatal or
Non Fatal
Roe Bittener
Sept 1 1908

N
Will Gilson
Dec 13, 1911

N
Frank Green
Feb 1, 1906

N
Archie Thomas
May 11, 1911

N
Joe Whipple
Dec 22, 1909

F


Coal Companies and Mines of Guthrie County
( There were many other smaller non-named mines acorss our county see map in link above)

Coal Mine
Dates of operation
Approx Location by
present day landmark

Date of
Newspaper
Article

Newspaper Bits' Pieces
Alexander Lamb #1
1885-1887
North of Stuart


Andrew Muldoon
1885-1889
Southwest of Nations Bridge


Bran


1904
 Love and Ed Harwood have leased the Bran Coal mine and are now getting out coal
Butler and Graham Coal Co
1906-1908
South of Springbrook State Park

Coe




Clark Coal Co.

Northwest of Springbrook State Park


Clark Mine

North of Lake Panorama


Deer Creek Mine
1898-1908
Northwest of Stuart


D D Reese
1885-1897
South of Panora


Decker Coal Co

South of Springbrook State Park

Driscoll Mine

Northeast of Menlo


Dygart

Southwest of Panora


Eclipse Mine

South of Springbrook State Park

Eureka Mine
1874-1894
South of Bayard


Fisher

Southwest of Panora


Greenbrier Coal Co (Simons Mine)
1888-1908



Gilson Buttler




Harris Mine
1894-Null
West of Lake Panorama


Hughes Mine

Southwest Bayard


Hughes and Sons Coal Co
1906-1908
East of Guthrie Center


Jack Mansell Coal Mine

South of Springbrook State Park 1900
Jack Mansull has placed an engine at his coal mine in Fansler to hoist coal by steam.
J D King Coal Company
1903-1908
Northwest of Springbrook State Park
1900


1900

1900
Emerson Stoderage has sold a half interest in his coal mine to
John King Jr.

Emerson Stoderage is sinking an air shaft to his new coal mine

Another new ouse has been built in Kingsvill on John Kings land at the coal mines

John Marshman Mine

South of Springbrook State Park

Jones Mine




Keeler Mine

Southeast of Marlowe Ray
Wildlife Managment Area


Kings




Lonsdale
1885-1887
Northeast of Stuart


Mallon Mine
1900-1915
South of Springbrook State Park 1900
Mat Mallon has opened up a new coal mine on middle Coon at Fansler.  He is now at work getting out coal of very superior quality, which he will deliver to parties in town or at the bank.  During the fall months all that are able should fill up the coal bins avoiding the bad roads and the increase price  of the weather months.
Mansell and Sweeney Coal Co

South of Springbrook State Park


Mansell Soal Co
1905-1912
South of Springbrook State Park

Moon and Smith
1920-
North of Stuart
1922
The rain Tuesday flooded the Moon and Smith coal mine north of Stuart. Workmen were able to resume work there Wednesday.
Middleton (Black Diamond) Coal Co

North of Guthrie Center


M N Thomas Coal Co (Thomas Shaft)
1894-1899
South of Springbrook State Park

Merchants


1904
Mr. Shrory, of Jamaica moved Bill Winters' house from the spring run upon the top of Merchants big hill.  Also moved Dayton Long's house from near Merchants coal mine up onto the old Chambers hill. Ouite a crowd was present to see the houses moved up the big hills with a steam engine.
OK Mine
1908-1914
South of Panora


Old Mount Mine

South of Bayard


Ole Oleson Mine #1

South of Springbrook State Park

Old Scott Bank

Northwest of Springbrook State Park


Old Thomas Mine

Northwest of Springbrook State Park


Orillia Coal Co

South of Springbrook State Park

Orillia Coal Co #2
1939-1942
South of Springbrook State Park

Panora Coal

South of Panora


Renslow Coal Co

South of Springbrook State Park

Renslow Coal Co (Fay)
1932-1934
South of Springbrook State Park

Renslow Coal Co (Lloyd)

South of Springbrook State Park

Scott Brothers Coal Co
1899-1905
South of Springbrook State Park

Scott Coal Co

South of Springbrook State Park

Scott Mine
1894-Null South of Springbrook State Park 1904
John Fickle and wife have moved into the old Scott house by the Scott coal mine.
Sipe Coal Co
1924-1939
South of Springbrook State Park

Sipe Jentz Coal Mine

South of Springbrook State Park

Stapes Mine

Southeast of Marlowe Ray
Wildlife Managment Area


Suggert and Saint
1894-Null
North of Stuart


Tann Mine

Northwest of Marlowe Ray
Wildlife Management Area


Wales Coal Bank
1887-1896
South of Bayard


Wasson Mine

South of Panora





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