Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


August 3, 2006

Liberty Coal Co., Drum and Monkey Mine


There were also four mines along the old route Highway No. 2 (before relocation north) going west from the railroad crossing. They were, in sequence, D.C. Coal Co., Douglas Coal Co., the Stepnoski Mine and Walnut Coal Co. The D.C. Coal Co. was 62 acres with a 70 foot shaft and operated from 1941 to 1966. D.C. stands for Dooley and Cathcart, and Johnny Cathcart ran the mine. The Douglas Coal Co. was a ten acre slope mine and operated from 1934 to 1942. Originally it was known as the Hog Farm Mine, as it was located on the old Hog Farm Corner, later the scene of so many automobile accidents. The Stepnoski Mine was 2 acres with a 60 foot shaft and operated from 1935 to 1942. It was connected underground to the Douglas Mine. The Walnut Creek Coal Co. was 27 acres with a 75 foot shaft and operated from 1934 to 1943. It was just south of Walnut Creek.

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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?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
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