Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 12, 2014

AC History by Enfys McMurry


The Daily Iowegian

---- — AC History by Enfys McMurry

March 8, 1928: Appanoose County’s clash between its two coal mine unions was getting national attention. While 600 of the county’s miners — all members of Pete Agnessen’s United Brotherhood of Miners — were working for $5 a day, John L. Lewis’ United Mine Workers of America were still on strike, holding out for $7.50. Reporters arrived in town writing for the Black Diamond and the Chicago Tribune. Men were beaten and threatened with guns in Brazil and at Sunshine Mine west of Centerville, bullets were fired at H.C. Shadden walking to work through Centerville Brickyard, pickets, well in excess of the stipulated 30, confronted miners at Numa and Exline, John Sieren, the Center’s pit boss was beaten, two pickets arrested were hauled out of a deputy’s car by a cheering crowd, Maurice Bernard, one of the operators of the Empire Mine was beaten unconscious and roofing nails were hammered upright through shingles and laid in wheel tracks to pierce the wheels of police called to fake “emergencies.” (313-316)