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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Winter Job: 1910

Winter Job: 1910

December 1910. "Hard work and dangerous for such a young boy. James O'Dell, a greaser and coupler on the tipple of the Cross Mountain Mine, Knoxville Iron Co., in the vicinity of Coal Creek, Tennessee. James has been here four months. Helps push these heavily loaded cars. Appears to be about 12 or 13 years old." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

James Had Moved On

No O'Dell listed among the five survivors, either

History of the Coal Creek

My wife lost a Gr-Grandfather, Gr-Gr-Grandfather and 2 uncles in the Fraterville mine disaster of 1902. It is recognized as well as the Cross mine disaster every year at Lake City, changed from Coal Creek many years ago.

http://www.coalcreekaml.com/Legacy.htm

1911 Cross Mine disaster

No O'Dell's are listed of the 84 men that died.

Short Career?

I wonder if they were part of the 84 miners killed in the Cross Mountain Mine disaster one year after the photo was taken in Dec. of 1911?

 
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