Labor history

Mowequa Coal Mine Disaster

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Growing up in Pawnee Peabody No. #, was the world’s largest coal mine right outside of town. I was used to having friends’ family working in the coal industry. But by the time I became acquainted with the coal industry, although it was still a dangerous profession, it was nothing like what miners faced during […]

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Fingers crossed this year we will be attending tractor and farm toy shows in person! With that in mind, what better way to ring in the New Year than to start planning ahead using this tractor calendar. I started this last year with the 2020 Antique Tractor Calendar. Sadly several were cancelled, but this is […]

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Dunkirk Indiana

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Keith and I visited Jay County recently. We came to town for the Tri-State Gas and Engine Show. While there, Gyneth Ausburger, Director of the Jay County Indiana CVB shared some of the glories of the little town of Dunkirk, “Glass Capital of the Indiana”. It was the discovery of natural gas in the 1880’s,  […]

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Staley Museum

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Growing up in Mattoon, Illinois before moving to Pawnee, Decatur and A.E. Staley was always something I knew. Soybeans were just part of life in central Illinois. The growing, the processing and the knowledge that they helped make the world go round were paramount to life in this neck of the woods. Visiting the Staley […]

Hieonymus Mueller Museum

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While visiting Decatur, Illinois last week, one of the stops that Annie Jansen and I made was the amazing Hieronymus Mueller Museum. Anyone will like this museum. It tells the family story and the manufacturing outline of Hieronymus Mueller and his company. The doors are a piece of art welcoming you in. And, if there […]