John Ferro Interview
Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement
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John Ferro (b. 1919, son of Peter Ferro and Mary Grecco) discusses his family's origins in Switzerland and his father's work in the Roslyn coal mines beginning in the 1920s. He talks about home remedies, cultural traditions, recipes, coal picking, cow herding, Grecco's Dairy, berry-picking, Ducktown, baseball, and changes in technology. He talks about his own work in the No. 5 Mine beginning circa 1935. He also worked in the No. 9 mine until it closed in 1963. He touches on underground geography, coal moles, pan lines, cribs, chutes, hoists, rope riders, tipple operations, working conditions, and mine closure in the 1940s-1950s. He mentions his marriage to Aggie in 1941.
The cover image comes from the Northern Kittitas County Tribune, December 5, 2002.
Ferro, John, "John Ferro Interview" (2014). Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ronald Oral History Interviews. 34.
Oral history, Immigrants--United States--History, Coal mining
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