Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


September 21, 2006

A look at the Galleyville mine

The Rock Island Railroad went on from Centerville to Numa in 1872. At that time Highway No. 5 was still numbered No.60 and went south through Centerville along a route one fourth mile west of the present route. It turned west on a square corner at the Numa road and went about 2 miles to the Streepy corner where it turned south to go through Cincinnati, entering that town from the north instead of from the east.

The railroad went south from the Levee on the west side of the Thirty Road for about a mile. It began a big curve to the west just beyond the Center Mine. Still curving, it intersected Hwy No. 60 a tiny bit northwest of the highway intersection. In 1892 the Galleyville shaft was dug on the west side of the railroad curve just after it crossed the north-south portion of Highway No. 60. An old plat book shows the housing to be in the small corner between the track and the highway.

The mine was built on land owned by Henry Galley, an emigrant from Pennsylvania. Henry Galley, born in 1831, came to Appanoose County in 1858 and farmed a quarter section. Mr. Galley built a hedge fence entirely around his farm and kept it trimmed in beautiful shape. He built his home on the west side of Hwy. 30 about a mile north of the mining settlement.

There were to be three Anchor Co. mines built within a few miles of each other. The first was Anchor No. 1 on the west end of Garfield Street near the large Scandinavian Mine in Centerville in 1889. Anchor No. 2 was the Galleyville mine, built in 1892 and Anchor No. 3 was located at Shawville, just to the west in 1899. All were fairly large but Anchor No. 2 at Galleyville turned out to be the largest with a total of 285 acres mined.

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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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