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Bethlehem Mines Corp. Police Department Report

In 1926, the privately operated Bethlehem Mines Corporation Police Department began to patrol the coal fields of Washington, Indiana and Westmoreland County that were under the ownership of the Ellsworth Collieries and the Bethlehem Mines Corporation. In 1926, this proved an especially sensitive task, since the United Mine Workers of America had recently been driven from the Ellsworth Co. mines in Marianna, Cokeburg, Ellsworth, and Acme and the company had brought in non-union miners to work those fields. This report, reprinted in total from a collection that contains additional reports going up to 1935, gives a startling and realistic glimpse of the warfare between company and union in the bituminous coal fields of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Source:  AIS 78:13 Bethlehem Mines Corp. Police Dept. Reports, 1926-1930, 1932-1935; Box 6573.

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