Finley Coal Co. No. 15 mine

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“It was your father’s only way to feed us. Coal was king in this part of Kentucky. We didn’t care about no black lung disease. Lord knows we never heard the words “climate change” and won’t make no difference if we did.”

“When he entered that mine shaft he had no idea it would be his last day on earth. Not only his last day but the last day for 37 other miners.”

“But I tell you one thing boy about your father. I knows you had differences with him but he would be proud that you became an environmental engineer.”

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21 thoughts on “Finley Coal Co. No. 15 mine

  1. rochellewisoff December 10, 2018 / 6:27 am

    Dear Danny,

    A whole lotta story in them thar paragraphs. Nicely done.



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  2. Violet Lentz December 8, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    And I hope he is equally as proud of the sacrifices his father made and doesn’t let the carbon footprint coal has been blackened with diminish that pride in any way. Great write.

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  3. Brenda's Thoughts December 7, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Sacrificing his health, it was honorable that his father fed his family. Sounds like that’s what mattered to him. His son went on to be a strong man as well and his father would be proud for sure. A beautifully real story.

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  4. Abhijit Ray December 7, 2018 / 12:29 am

    Fathers usually feel proud of their son’s achievements. They cannot express but proudly tell others.

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    • Danny James December 7, 2018 / 7:05 am

      Thanks. Your comment reminds me that probably my dad felt the same way.


  5. Dale December 6, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    A man had to do what he had to, to take care of his family. Of course he would be proud of his son today!

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  6. Kestril Trueseeker December 6, 2018 / 10:45 am

    This was a touching tale. The homespun honesty was a firm foundation for that touch of hope at the end.

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  7. draliman December 6, 2018 / 5:46 am

    Lovely, different generations with different priorities but his dad sounds like he was a good chap and would have understood.

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  8. Magaly Guerrero December 5, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    I agree. A good soul, one that was willing to put himself at risk to feed his family, would be proud to see his child become a good man… especially in a way that would keep him safe.

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