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Life Stories Spill Out at the Whipple Company Store

Today the Whipple Company Store, built in 1890 by coal baron Justus Collins, is the only remaining coal company store of its architectural design type in southern WV’s Pocahantas coal basin. Its oval arch entry sheltering a deeply recessed porch is typical of a design style once commonly found in the 30 or so company stores that dotted the basin in the early 20th century.

“People think of this place as a museum, but to me it’s a place for sharing stories,” says Ms. Lynn, who with her husband Chuck purchased the compound in 2006.

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Company Store Scrip

You load sixteen tons, what do you getAnother day older and deeper in debtSaint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t goI owe my soul to the company store ‘Sixteen Tons’Tennessee Ernie Ford Until the late 1950’s, when changes in federal and state laws, along with changing economic realities doomed the practice, many companies […]

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The porches were screened but the coal dust still came in

Moore Hollow boomed during 30’s and 40’s 
By Lois Kleffman Jackson County Sun [KY] Date Unknown What was it like in Moore Hollow after the mines got started? Luther Powell of Sand Gap says, “It was booming. New York didn’t have any more business than Moore Hollow. You could sell any piece of coal you […]

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The Company Store at Ward, WV

The following post ran yesterday at the White Oak Attic site. “I’m Lisa Isbell and I run the place.  White Oak Attic is a blog about hobbies including genealogy, shabby chic decor and making a cozy homelife.” Reprinted here with permission. Kelly’s Creek Colliery, as I understand it, was the primary coal mining company in […]

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