The Mine War 1912-1913 Cabin Creek & Paint Creek
by: Dale Payne Soft Cover 168 pages
The year 2012 and 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the mine war that was centered on Paint Creek and Cabin Creek. During this struggle for union recognition and better working and living conditions many lives were lost on both sides, the exact number of men killed during this conflict will never be known. Miner's families were evicted from their homes and many were brutalized or killed by the armed guards employed by the coal companies. This segment in the history of West Virginia was too important not to be properly recognized on this occasion.
To present the best possible description of these times, I have let those who experienced them relate to you their story in their own words.
In the summer of 1913 a Senate sub-committee held hearings as to the conditions in the strike zone and hundreds of witnesses were called to testify. The transcripts of these hearings, which cover some 2,200 pages, are in the form of questions by the panel and the answer as given by the witnesses. The questions have been excluded and their answers placed in a narrative form so that it can be presented in a more readable manner.
In the summer of 1912 a similar investigation had been conducted by a three member panel appointed by Governor William Glasscock; some of this testimony has been included also. The stories presented herein are but a few of the many that could have been included; however, many of the incidents covered would have been repetitious. Nothing has been added or deleted to change the meaning of their testimony. This is their story, as they related it, let it not be forgotten.