Detail View: Colorado Coal Project: A miner's life: from Wales to Utah (first video)

Collection Name: 
Colorado Coal Project
Title: 
A miner's life: from Wales to Utah (first video)
Creator: 
Margolis, Eric, 1947-
Creator: 
McMahan, Ronald L.
Subject: 
Coal mines and mining
Subject: 
Lewis, John L. (John Llewellyn), 1880-1969
Subject: 
Quality of life -- United States -- History
Subject: 
Winter Quarters (Utah)
Subject: 
Coal mine accidents -- Utah -- Carbon County
Subject: 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Subject: 
World War, 1914-1918 -- Anecdotes
Subject: 
World War, 1914-1918 -- Battlefields -- France -- Argonne
Subject: 
Coal mines and mining -- Utah -- Scofield
Description: 
An 84-year old former miner talks about his life in Utah. His Mormon family left Wales in 1910, where he had worked in tin works at 12 and mining at 14. He and his father became miners in Carbon County mines in Utah. Many family members had been killed in the 1900 mine explosion there. He himself once suffered numerous fractures from being buried under coal. He also accidentally chopped his thumb off while cutting timber for mine securement. He was drafted and fought in France. His Mormon wife, whom he knew from childhood, came to the U.S. in 1928. They both relate the ups and downs of the mining town life. Biggs compares coal and mining techniques in Wales and Utah. He stresses that miners were better off in Wales far sooner because unions achieved improvements. The couple talks about their present life, their family, and being Mormon.
Description Type: 
summary
Description: 
10 min: His life in south Wales, move to Utah, and early work in the mines = p. 6 of pdf 20 min: Difficulties after his mother's death; his involvement in WWI = p. 10 of pdf 30 min: Contrasting modern Wales and his childhood memories of the area = p. 15 of pdf 40 min: Dangers of mining, including the deaths of several family members = p. 21 of pdf 50 min: Comparing mines and miners of Utah vs. Wales. Transcript ends. = p. 26 of pdf 60 min: His involvement with the union
Description Type: 
SegmentSequence
Publisher: 
University of Colorado Boulder Archives
Contributor: 
Biggs, Mabel
Contributor: 
Biggs, Thomas, 1893-1981
Date: 
4/27/1978
Type: 
MovingImage
Format: 
video/mp4
Identifier: 
161-Biggs
Language: 
English
Relation: 
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Relation Type: 
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Relation href: 
http://cudl.colorado.edu/luna/servlet/s/v252j6
Relation: 
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Relation Type: 
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Relation href: 
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Relation: 
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Relation Type: 
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Relation href: 
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Coverage (Spatial): 
Argonne
Coverage (Spatial): 
Carbon County, UT
Coverage (Spatial): 
Clear Creek, UT
Coverage (Spatial): 
Scofield, UT
Coverage (Spatial): 
Utah
Coverage (Spatial): 
Wales
Coverage (Spatial): 
Winter Quarters, UT
Coverage (Temporal): 
1900/1978