Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


July 14, 2006

The Milwaukee comes to Brazil


I walked down the old road from Mystic toward Brazil, which is now South 6th St., to the point where the road is now closed, near the old Egypt Mine. Regrettably it was in late spring after a recent snow melt, and the forsaken road had absolutely no drainage. The road was pure soup, very slippery, and I slipped and fell down in the mud. As I lay prostrate in the slippery goo, I reflected on my situation. This old man could hardly even get up to an erect position again. It was not a pretty sight. I never did get to see the Egypt Mine.

Egypt Mine about 1901: I thought back to the days when the young high school students had to walk down the road past the Egypt Mine every day to catch the Interurban Railroad to go to High School. I hope the road had better drainage 100 years ago. They had a much better incentive to have a good road when the mine, in its heyday, was such an economic success.

The Lee Brothers Coal Co. Twin Mines was the next operation along the route of the Milwaukee Railroad in northeast Brazil. Tom Lee was another enterprising operator, a reminder of the days when coal operators were so prominent. The Lee brothers are synonymous in the development of the coal mines in Brazil and Mystic. James E. Lee and his wife Mary S. Lee came from Taylor County, and he signed a coal lease in 1882 that became the Hawkeye Mine of Brazil. His brothers followed. They were David A. and his wife, Jennie, Thomas E. and his wife Laura B. and William, believed to be unmarried. Peerless Coal Co. was organized in 1892 and at least part of the Lee Bros. holdings operated under this name.

Through the years James Lee had part interest in the Walnut Block Coal Co., the Phoenix Coal Mine, the Lone Hickory Mine, the Number Six Coal Mine, the Old Sterling Mine and the Enterprise Mine.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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