Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


September 14, 2006

The Thirty Mine south of Centerville

Coal began to be produced in commercial quantities at the Thirty Mine in about 1905 when Manufacturers Coal and Coke Co. drilled their coal mine about a mile south of Centerville and one-fourth mile east of present Highway No. 5. A short rail spur of about 0.3 mile was built from the mail line to the tipple. The mine used both room & pillar and longwall methods of mining.

The mine became the Carbon Block Coal Co. Mine No. 30 in 1908 and the mine has been known as the Thirty Mind ever since. The number Thirty was used, not only to identify the mine but also the Thirty Road and even the settlement of Thirty, which prospered along the east side of the Thirty Road.

There were several fatalities in the Thirty Mine. In 1908 Samuel Campello, age 20, died under a fall of brickbat, 10 feet long. In 1910 Pete Beretta was killed by a fall of coal which broke his neck. In 1911 Clarence Gilmore, age 37, was crushed to death between the cage and the shaft at the bottom of the mine. The cage had been lowered with a car of mine ties and two track frogs. He was removing the frogs when the cage started up and he was caught. In 1928 James Bartello, age 22, was killed by a fall of slate.

Some lines carried by the store at Mine No. 30 were Hamilton Brown shoes, Globe shirts and overalls, International Stock and Poultry Food, Keen Kutter cutlery and Hardware, Laclede Bicycles, Perfection Oil Stoves, Lucas Paints and Varnishes, Gold Medal and Jersey Cream flour, Groceries, Queensware, Dry Goods and Meats.

There was a school run by the mining camp, located on the east side of Thirty Road. In 1924, the old building became inadequate and was replaced with a more modern two-room structure. The first teachers Misses Dooley and Caylor.

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