Wid Page collection on the Marlowe Coal Company

Abstract

The Wid Page collection on the Marlowe Coal Company (dated 1918-1998, undated; 0.33 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of seventy-three photographic prints, correspondence, records, photocopies, receipts, and newspaper clippings concerning the Marlowe Coal Company.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wid Page collection on the Marlowe Coal Company
Creator
Page, Wid
Extent
0.33 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Coal mines and mining.
Coal mines and mining -- Kentucky.
Coal miners -- Kentucky -- Perry County
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into three series by provenance: Papers; Marlowe-Whitesburg, Scuddy, and Defiance coal operations photographs; and Wid Page photographs of the Marlowe Coal Company camps.
Finding Aid Author
Carolyne Millsap and Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
2003av061: [identification of item], Wid Page collection on the Marlowe Coal Company, 1918-1998, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Marlowe Coal Company was founded in 1908 by M.K. Marlowe as Phoenix Fuel. In 1918 the Company became known as Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company, and in 1948 changed its name to the Marlowe Coal Company. In 1986 the heirs of M.K. Marlowe, including Bob Marlowe, left the coal business and the company ceased to operate. Wid Page was a long-time employee of the Marlowe Coal Company, who continued to document and collect materials related to the company.
Scope and Content
The Wid Page collection on the Marlowe Coal Company (dated 1918-1998, undated; 0.33 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of seventy-three photographic prints, correspondence, records, photocopies, receipts, and newspaper clippings concerning the Marlowe Coal Company. The majority of the materials were collected by Wid Page, a former, long-time employee of the Marlowe Coal Company. The series Marlow-Whitesburg, Scuddy, and Defiance operations photographs were collected by Bob Marlowe, the grandson of company founder M.K. Marlowe. The prints make up the bulk of the collection and depict the coal operations at Marlowe, near Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, and the Scuddy and Defiance operations in Perry County, Kentucky. The images document miners, equipment and the area around the mining operations. The papers include four company receipt books circa 1947, a decal of the sixty-fifth anniversary of Elkhorn Jellico Coal Co., employee wage scales, pay stub, lab receipt for description of samples, drawing of Marlowe School, and newspaper clippings.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1918-1997, undated

This series consists of research materials relating to the Marlow Coal Company collected by Wid Page. Many of the items are photocopies. The series includes coal maps drawn by Wid Page; many photocopies of photographs relating to Marlowe Coal Company's coal operations; deceased employee lists; original receipt books; and a 65th anniversary reunion decal.

Marlowe Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company records, 1930-1978

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company employee lists, deceased, 1918-1983

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Marlowe coal maps, drawn by Wid Page, 1997 July 29

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company 65th year reunion decal, 1983

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Byron D. Walters letter to Wid Page, 1997 May 2

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Newspaper clipping, 1997

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Photocopies of Marlowe Coal Company related photographs annotated by Wid Page, undated

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company, gas station receipt book, 1947 August 9

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Receipt book, 1947 June 14

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Store receipt book, 1947 August 14

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Stoker Coal Company receipt book, owned by M.K. Marlowe, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Whitesburg-Marlowe, Scuddy, and Defiance coal operations photographs, undated

These photographs were donated by Bob Marlowe, grandson of founder M.K. Marlowe. The photographs depict three different mine operations run by the Marlowe Coal Company: Marlowe - Whitesburg in Letcher County, Kentucky; Scuddy in Perry County, Kentucky; and Defiance in Perry County, Kentucky. The descriptions were provided by Wid Page.

Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - view of operations, undated

  • Box 1, item 1
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Ellkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - mine interior/tunnel, undated

  • Box 1, item 2
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Marlowe Coal Company, Letcher County - conveyor belt with coal, undated

  • Box 1, item 3
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Marlowe Coal Company, Letcher County - conveyor belt , undated

  • Box 1, item 4
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - top view of tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 5
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 6
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Marlowe/Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - view of tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 7
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Marlowe/Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - inside of tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 8
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Marlowe/Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 9
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Marlowe/Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 10
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - Victor Back working in tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 11
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - coal being sorted, undated

  • Box 1, item 12
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - coal on belt with man in background, undated

  • Box 1, item 13
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - view of tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 14
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - view of Louisville & Nashville coal car, undated

  • Box 1, item 15
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Sapphire Mine, Camp Branch - row of coal cars, undated

  • Box 1, item 16
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Stoker Coal Company, Scuddy, Kentucky - camp house, undated

  • Box 1, item 17
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Stoker Coal Company, Scuddy, Kentucky - large garage/shop, undated

  • Box 1, item 18
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Marlowe Coal Company, Defiance, Kentucky - operating building, undated

  • Box 1, item 19
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Whitesburg Seam Marlowe - garage or shop, undated

  • Box 1, item 20
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Whitesburg Seam Marlowe - tracks and mine entrance, undated

  • Box 1, item 21
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Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company; Whitesburg Seam Marlowe - coal exiting mine, undated

  • Box 1, item 22
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Marlowe Coal Company; Defiance, Kentucky - mine entrance, undated

  • Box 1, item 23
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Marlowe Coal Company; Defiance, Kentucky - hillside embankment, undated

  • Box 1, item 24
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Marlowe Coal Company; Defiance, Kentucky - overview of tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 25
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Marlowe Coal Company; Defiance, Kentucky - tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 26
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Marlowe Coal Company; Defiance, Kentucky - tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 27
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Marlowe Coal Company; Defiance, Kentucky - tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 28
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Marlowe Coal Company; Defiance, Kentucky - view of tipple, undated

  • Box 1, item 29
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Marlowe Coal Company; Defiance, Kentucky - coal car, undated

  • Box 1, item 30
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Stoker Coal Company; Scuddy, Kentucky - Louisville & Nashville train coal car, undated

  • Box 1, item 31
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Stoker Coal Company; Scuddy, Kentucky - row of coal cars, undated

  • Box 1, item 32
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Stoker Coal Company; Scuddy, Kentucky - row of coal cars, undated

  • Box 1, item 33
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Stoker Coal Company; Scuddy, Kentucky - camp houses, undated

  • Box 1, item 34
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Stoker Coal Company; Scuddy, Kentucky - camp house, undated

  • Box 1, item 35
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Stoker Coal Company; Scuddy, Kentucky - older camp house, undated

  • Box 1, item 36
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Wid Page photographs of the Marlowe Coal company Camps, 1930-1998, undated

This series consists of photographs and reproductions collected, identified, and donated by Wid Page, a former, long-time employee of the Marlowe Coal Company. The series is arranged into two subseries: Marlowe Coal Company Operations and Cannel Coal. The Marlowe Coal Company Operations subseries includes reproductions of several historic photographs from the 1930s and 1940s of the Marlowe Coal Operations and Coal Camps. Additionally, it includes several photographs from a reunion of Marlowe employees in the 1980s and photographs taken by Wid Page of the abandoned coal camps in 1998. The Cannel Coal subseries depicts the Kingscreek Coal Company, one of only two cannel coal mines in Letcher County, Kentucky. The cannel coal was shot from the solid using black powder then loaded into cars and hauled outside using mules or horses. There was no large mining camp at Kingscreek, only a compay store, boarding house, and bath-house.

Marlowe Coal Company operations, 1930-1998, undated

Defiance Grade School, near Scuddy in Perry County, Kentucky, 1933-1934

  • Box 1, item 37
Reproduction courtesy of Byron D. Walters.
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Overview of the Scuddy mine camp, 1930

  • Box 1, item 38
Reproduction courtesy of Byron D. Walters.
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Funeral for Fred Blankenship - Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company, Marlowe, Kentucky - background is the Marlowe commissary or company store), 1931

  • Box 1, item 39
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Arcwall cutting maching at Marlowe mine number 4, left to right Arlen Sexton, Clyde Scall, Robert Brown, and Ishmel Payton, 1943

  • Box 1, item 40
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Arcwall cutting machine in mine number 4 at Marlowe, left to right Arlen Sexton and Robert Brown, 1943

  • Box 1, item 41
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Marlowe cemetery sign at Marlowe, Elkhorn Jellico Coal Co. (near Whitesburg, Kentucky), circa 1990

  • Box 1, item 42
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Coal tipple, porch of the company store at Marlowe Elkhorn Jellico Coal Co., Marlowe Reunion, 1989

  • Box 1, item 43
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Company store, Elkhorn Jellico Coal Co. Marlowe, Marlowe Reunion, 1989

  • Box 1, item 44
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Employees of Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company at Jess Fields' funeral, 1953 August 21

  • Box 1, item 52a-52b
Reproduction. Includes prints of the original and its back. The back identifies all employees in the photograph.
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Former Sapphire Mine location, Camp Branch, Letcher County, Kentucky, undated

  • Box 1, item 53
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Jamie Page (left) and Wid Page (right), 1997

  • Box 1, item 54
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Old explosives house at Marlowe, deserted since 1953, undated

  • Box 1, item 55
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Stoker Coal Company tipple, Scuddy, Kentucky, 1998

  • Box 1, item 56
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Deteriorating ruins of the headhouse, Stoker Coal Company, Scuddy, Kentucky, 1998, undated

  • Box 1, item 57
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20.00 gallon water storage tank at Marlowe, Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company, 1998

  • Box 1, item 58
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Deteriorating ruins of the headhouse and mine cars, Stoker Coal Company, Scuddy, Kentucky, 1998

  • Box 1, item 59
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View overlooking Stoker Coal Company, Scuddy, Kentucky, 1998

  • Box 1, item 60
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No Work sign at Marlowe, 1998

  • Box 1, item 61
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Work sign at Marlowe, 1998

  • Box 1, item 62
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Mining cars at Stoker Coal Company, Scuddy, Kentucky, 1998

  • Box 1, item 63
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Deteriorating ruins of the headhouse at Defiance, Kentucky, 1998

  • Box 1, item 64
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View of Marlowe taken above the tipple, now known as Thompson Branch, 1998

  • Box 1, item 65
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Company Store at Stoker Coal Company, Suddy, Kentucky, 1998

  • Box 1, item 66
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Stoker Coal Company Store and Wid Page's car, 1998

  • Box 1, item 67
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White Oak Creek at Marlowe Coal Company in Defiance, Kentucky, 1998

  • Box 1, item 68
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Homes of James Marlowe, M.K. Marlowe, and Dan Combs, the store manager, 1998

  • Box 1, item 69
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Looking down Marlowe Hollow, 1998

  • Box 1, item 70
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Looking up Marlowe Hollow, 1998

  • Box 1, item 71
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Miners checks, keys to the company store, keys to the service station, and shop keys, 1998

  • Box 1, item 72
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Mark Knox Marlowe portrait in Bank of Whitesburg, Kentucky, 1998

  • Box 1, item 73
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Cannel Coal, 1997, undated

1927 carved into stone - Near Whitesburg, Kentucky, Kingscreek Coal Company (1927-1932), Depew Coal Company (1946-1948), undated

  • Box 1, item 45
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A mine near Whitesburg, Kentucky, Kingscreek Coal Company, undated

  • Box 1, item 46
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Cannel coal seam about seventy-two inches, Kingscreek, Kentucky, undated

  • Box 1, item 47
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Number 3 coal seam, Elkhorn Coal, Colson, Kentucky, undated

  • Box 1, item 48
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Number 3 coal seam, Elkhorn Coal, Colson, Kentucky, undated

  • Box 1, item 49
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Mine entrance at Kingscreek Coal Company, undated

  • Box 1, item 50
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Marlowe, 1997

  • Box 1, item 51
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