Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


November 2, 2006

The Diamond Mine of west Numa


Finally I will take up the mines along the Electric Interurban Railroad. The railroad from Moravia to Centerville was first called the Centerville, Moravia and Albia Railroad was built in 1880 and electrified in 1914. This line served Main and Forbush and was switched into the Burlington Railroad at the west edge of Centerville. The Interurban from Centerville to Mystic was built in 1910. There were a few large mines on this line, mostly McConville and Sunshine mines. I will conclude the coal mining era with the truck mines around Centerville. What will I write about then? I will try to find more historical events from around the turn of the century.

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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
C. Not sure
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