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List of corporations, firms and individuals operating mines in the first district, their postoffice address, number of mines operated by them in the district and shipping facilities, if any.

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APPANOOSE COUNTY.

Last years number of mines in Appanoose county, railroad and local, was ninety-four. Sixty-five of these mines are connected with the railroads running through the county. Twenty-eight mines are connected with the Chicago, Milwaukee and Saint Paul railroad, twenty-seven with the Burlingtan, one with the Iowa Central and nine with the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific. The remaining twenty-nine mines have no railroad connections and are generally operated in a small way to supply home demand, although some ship part of their output.

The majority of the shipping mines were operated a greater number of days last year than the year preceding. The number of working days at the larger mines averaged 212 for the year.

During the year ending June 30, 1905 the mines of Appanoose county produced 895,480 tons of coal, during the year ending June 30, 1906 the county's coal output increased to 1,056,655 tons, a gaín of 161,175 tons or 18 per cent for last year. The largest gain in tonnage was made by the mines connected with the Rock Island railway 27 per cent, while the mines along the Milwaukee showed a gain of 20 per cent and the mines on the Burlington system 10 per cent. The mines connected with the Rock Island also showed the best average output per mine in the county. The average output per mine on the Rock Island was nearly 27,000 tons for the year, while the average per mine on the Milwaukee and the Burlington system was less than 15,000 tons.

Two new mines were opened during the year, and one small mine, which had been abondoned for some years was reopened.

The Sunshine Coal Company opened a mine three miles west of Centerville. The coal is reached by shaft 7x14 feet, 130 feet deep. Hoisting is done by gin at present, but steam power will be substituted later on. The mine has shipping faculties over the Keokuk and Western railroad. Work is now going on to open the mine.

The Armstrong Block Coal Company completed sinking a shaft, 135 feet deep, west of Cincinnati. Work is being pushed to get the mine in operation at an early date. Steam power will be used. The sinking of the air and escape shaft has been decided on. The mine will be connected with the Chicago, Burlington & Kansas City railroad.

Nearly all the mines in Appanoose county as far as safety of the persons working in them is concerned, are in fairly satisfactory condition. The situation with regard to their proper ventilation is not so satisfactory. It is truethat considerable improvement was made in the last year in this respect. especially in the larger mines in the county, yet in some mines the air volume provided was found inadequate, more markedly so during the summer and fall months. In nearly all the cases, where the ventilation was found insufficient, furnaces were used for ventilating purposes. Furnaces, such as are provided in Appanoose county and connected with shallow shafts are per

missible and they give satisfactory results, while the mine is new and of little extent, but they soon become inadequate and a source of much trouble, as the working area of the mine increases. The limit of usefulness of furnace ventilation has been reached in several Appanoose county mines and it will soon become necessary, if these mines are to be worked successfully, that other and better means of ventilating them be provided.

Summary of Conditions of the Appanoose County Mines.

Scandinavian Coal Company No 2 located at Plano. Considerable trouble was experienced on account of the bulging and breaking of the shaft timbers, due to the pressure of a thick stratum of clay. The shafts were relined with extra heavy timber through this bed of clay. The timber lining eight inches in thickness, will probably be sufficient to resist the pressure on the shafts. The mine is well equipped and in good condition.

Appanoose Coal & Fuel Company No. 3. A slope mine located west of Brazil. Very little work was done at this mine lately.

It is the intention to connect this mine with No. 22, located south, and operated by the same company.

Walnut Block Coal Company located at Brazil. The mine is operated on a small scale and does Nttle work during the summer. It is indifferently managed and but few men are employed.

Phoenix Coal Company. Mine located at Brazil and in fair condition. The top works have been remodeled, the slope opening has been changed and improved.

Centerville Block Coal Company No. 5. A slope mine located at Brazil. Considerable outside improvements made to facilitate the more rapid handling on top of the mine's coal output. The furnace shaft, 100 feet in depth, has been lined with brick. The ventilation of the mine is improved. Its coal output last year exceeded that of any other mine connected wtth the Burlington system in Appanoose county.

Tipton Co-operative Coal Company. A slope mine located at Brazil. The mine is operated in a small scale and will probably be abandoned after next winter

Peacock Coal Company. A slope mine located at Brazil. The ventilation of this mine has been much improved by the sinking of an air shaft at the head of the workings. The mine is in good condition.

Oriental Coal Company No. 1. Some outside improvements have dition.

A slope mine located southeast of Brazil, been made. The mine is in fair con

Oriental Coal Company No. 2. A small slope mine, operated only during the winter months. Condition fair.

Perfection Block Coal Company. A shaft mine south of Brazil. The mine is in poor condition. It has recently been bought by the Perfection Block Coal Company and will be improved as rapidly as possible.

Centerville Block Coal Company No. 3. A shaft mine located south-west of Centerville. The mine is in better condition than it has been for some years. A new opening has been made into mine No. 8 located to the east, bringing about a decided improvement in the mine's ventilation, besides

affording a better road to reach the escape shaft. The mine is advantageously located with regard to shipping faculties, and notwithstanding the fact that it has been in operation for a good many years and the workings are a considerable distance from the hoisting shaft, arrangements can now easily be made by which the coal output can be materially increased.

Anchor Coal Company No. 1. A shaft mine located south of Centerville. The management was repeatedly urged during the past year to provide better facilities to ventilate the north workings of the mine more satisfactorily. Up to the present nothing has been done in this direction. The work of giving better ventilation to the north workings cannot be delayed much longer if further operations are to be carried on in that part of the mine.

Scandinavian Coal Company No. 1. A shaft mine located at Centerville. The mine is in fair condition.

Dewey Coal Company. A shaft mine located east of Centerville. Considerable difficulty was experienced in airing the first east entry satisfactorily. The difficulty has been overcome, however, and the mine is now in fair condition in every respect.

Cincinnati Coal and Mining Company. A slope mine located south-west of Cincinnati. It has been in poor condition for some time, is now worked under a lease and the present operators have been notified to improve the condition of the mine.

Consolidated Block Coal Company. A slope mine located south-west of Cincinnati. It is not in satisfactory condition, but the management has promised to improve the mine as rapidly as possible.

The Albert mine, located west of Cincinnati and operated by the Mendota Coal & Mining Company is in fair condition.

The Appanoose mine, located at Cincinnati, also operated by the Mendota Coal & Mining Company, has been idle all summer. It is in fair con

dition.

Domestic Coal Company. A shaft mine located north of Cincinnati. An air and escape shaft was sunk this summer. The mine is in fair condition.

Thistle Coal Company No. 1. A shaft mine east of Cincinnati. The ventilation has been deficient, but was improved by cleaning up the air roads. The hoisting shaft will be re-timbered and new cages will be provided.

Thistle Coal Company No. 2. A shaft mine east of Cincinnati. A fault appearing on the east side of the mine has seriously interferred with its development during the last year. The mine is in fair condition.

Thistle Coal Company No. 3. A shaft mine east of Cincinnati. It was not operated last year, but work in it will shortly be resumed, An additional boiler has been added to its equipment.

Exline Coal Company No. 1. A shaft mine located west of Exline. It is in fair condition.

Exline Coal Company. A shaft mine located to the east of No. 1 and connected with the latter. At present both mines are ventilated by No. 1 fan, but it is the intention of the management to place a fan at No. 2 mine in the near future.

Iowa Block Coal Company. A shaft mine located at Exline. A fan was erected and the mine is in fair condition.

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