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Palisade Tribune History 100 Years Ago: Miners Claim $4,795.47

Editors Note: We believe the date on the Miners letter was actually 3-6-1924, and that it was published incorrectly. This is based on mining figures claimed for the last half of February, which would be impossible if the letter were actually dated 2-6-1924.

The Palisade Tribune, March 14, 1924, p. 4.

The committee for the miners of the Garfield mine who are suing for back pay amounting to $4,795.47 addressed the following communication to the State Industrial Commission:

Palisade, Colo., 2-6-1924.
To the Industrial Commission,
Capitol Bldg.,
Denver, Colorado.

Dear Sirs:
We are enclosing a full statement of the wages past due to the coal miners and coal laborers of the Colorado Lumber and Investment Co. whose head office is in Denver, 410 Colorado Building. You will find in the above statement 1634.3 tons of coal shipped for the last half of January and all of February have been all sold, and check issued on the First National Bank at Palisade for the last half of January, but on account of no funds, the Bank refused to cash checks. Therefore the miners refused to work any more until all moneys due to them for work performed, including part of January and all of February, be paid in full and to date.

The Colorado Lumber & Investment Company are leasing this coal mine from the Garfield Coal Company. The coal miners are very anxious that some action be taken against the above Company whereby their wages can be collected or otherwise secured, as all that they have is their wages they have worked for to meet their obligations in store bills and house rent and other things coming against them. A great many of them have families depending on them, and we urgently ask if your Commission has any jurisdiction in the case, that you immediately take drastic action against them to secure all wages for these miners past due, as no more work will be performed at this coal mine until wages are paid.

Yours very respectfully,
COMMITTEE

Their claim for wages is based on the following:
First half of February 1924
1019.05 tons at 99c…….$1008.86
Day work…….…………….$779.77
Yardage…………..…………$18.85


Subtotal…………………….$1807.48
Less Powder and Fuse…….$116.10


Net due……………………..$1691.38

Last Half of February 1924
187.35 tons at 99c……….$185.48
Day Work…………..……..$238.00


Subtotal…………………..$423.48
Less Powder and Fuse….…..4.10


Net Due……….………….$419.38

Last Half of January 1924
1634.3 tons at 99c…….$1617.96
Day Work……………….$1272.90
Yardage…………..………..$30.45


Subtotal………………………$2921.31
Less Powder, Fuse, & Coal…$236.60


Net Due………….………….$2684.71

First Half February 1924…..$1691.38
Last Half February 1924…….$419.38
Last Half January 1924.…….$2684.71


Total…………….………………$4795.47

Attorney Scott Heckman of Grand Junction and George Clark of Palisade will attend the hearing of the State Industrial Commission to be held at Colorado Springs soon.