Joseph (Joe) Ozbolt Interview
Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement
Joseph (Joe) Ozbolt (b. circa 1915 to John and Paulina Ozbolt) talks about the fifty years he spent mining coal in Roslyn, Washington. Ozbolt began working in the Northwestern Improvement Company (NWI) No. 9 Mine at fifteen years of age. He worked at the No. 9 Mine for 30 years and transitioned into work for Palmer Coke and Coal. In 1944 he married Katherine Maybo.
In this interview, Ozbolt talks about the geography of the coal mines, as well as safety, unions, and common tasks. He also describes life in Cle Elum, Washington, including the fire of 1918. The cover image shows the fire, which burned 30 square blocks, including most of the business district, the afternoon of June 25, 1918. One thousand five hundred homeless people took shelter in the school (left center) and the Independent Mine Building.
Ozbolt, Joseph (Joe), "Joseph (Joe) Ozbolt Interview" (1997). Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ronald Oral History Interviews. 124.
Oral history, Coal mining, Roslyn (Wash.), Cle Elum (Wash.), Northwestern Improvement Company
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