Interview with Frank C. Thomas, November 16, 1988

Project: Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project

Interview Summary

This is a second interview with Frank C. Thomas. He recalls how he went from being a dentist to a coal operator. He talks about legal aspects of the coal industry including land titles, and mentions that Howard Baker Sr. and Howard Baker Jr. were the Stearns Company's lawyers. He recalls learning about the mine industry and his first day on the job. Thomas describes the state of the mines when he took over. At that time, they were phasing out hand-loading and the company owned a lot of obsolete equipment. He talks about mine safety and states that he learned quickly that accidents can happen even in good conditions. Thomas remembers the first fatality that occurred after he took of the operation of the mines. He describes the town of Stearns itself, and the qualities he looks for in miners.

Interview Accession

1988oh249_app198

Interviewee Name

Frank C. Thomas

Interviewer Name

Henry C. Mayer

Interview Date

1988-11-16

Interview Keyword

Coal Operators

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Thomas, Frank C. Interview by Henry C. Mayer. 16 Nov. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Thomas, F.C. (1988, November 16). Interview by H. C. Mayer. Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Thomas, Frank C., interview by Henry C. Mayer. November 16, 1988, Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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