OF THE PAST"
Hardin County Independent News
Construction Company of Pittsburgh, PA had turned over
to Aluminum Ore Company on March 1 another small shaft
sunk north of the railroad depot in Rosiclare.
It was part of an expansion program by the company
which began in January, 1942. A much larger
shaft, 12' x 12' and 775 feet deep, was almost
finished. A building and three large ore bins
were being built near the shaft. Timbering of
the shaft was not yet complete. Fluorspar was
being hoisted out of three smaller shafts at 282, 313
and 289 feet deep, all 4' x 8'. Change houses,
boiler houses, tipples on all four shafts, a water
tower, and dynamite houses had been constructed.
An office, machine shop and machinery shed were also
to be built. One hundred seventy men had been
working on the construction.
Dinners were sold at Jim May's Restaurant in Rosiclare
every Thursday and Sunday for 60 cents each.
Potts clothing store in Rosiclare was advertising
men's tailored suits at $30.50.
Supper was to be held at Tower Rock School .
"Buy a cake for the prettiest girl," it was
Midway, Mrs. Geneva Cowsert gave a stork shower for
her sister, Mrs. Frank Williams.
and Mrs. Ernest Pennell of Rock Creek had called on
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Martin of Midway.
and Mrs. Harley Milligan of Lamb community near Cave
In Rock were announcing the birth of their baby girl,
Lewis and sons, Wayman and Bobbie of the Bend of the
River community were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Winn had entered a soldier's hospital at Jefferson
Moore had celebrated her ninth birthday with a party
at her home in Fairview.
nursery shower was given in the home of Mrs. Bruce
Piland for Mrs. Gene Crawford.
Rosiclare Woman's Club was hosting a St. Patrick's Day
Dance at the Y. M. C. A. with music by Mrs.
Hattie Joiner, "Fid" Ledbetter, and F.
Warren Rutherford. Admission was 25¢ for high
school students and 30¢ for grown-ups.
Children" was showing at the Capitol Theatre,
Rosiclare, starring Tim Holt, Bonita Granville, and
Kent Smith. Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan were
starring in the movie "George Washington Slept
pork, lamb and mutton were to be rationed at two
pounds per person per week beginning the end of
March. Butter, cheese, edible fats and oils,
canned fish were also rationed at tow ounces per
person per week.
Bureau of Mines in Washington, D. C. announced that
shipment of fluorspar in 1942 was 12 percent greater
than in the previous year. The Illinois/Kentucky
district was accountable for 79% of all
shipments. Steel mills were the main consumers
of fluorspar, but the production of hydrofloric acid
used in the manufacture of raw materials for aluminum
also put the spar in big demand. The glass
industry was the third largest user of fluorspar.
and Mrs. Ivy K. Joyner had moved from the Ellis
Apartments in Elizabethtown to a room in the
courthouse with free rent, lights, heat, water, and
janitorial service. The commissioner allowed it
in order to keep trespassers out, because some light
bulbs had been stolen.
Lee Guill, 26, and John Allen Anderson, 50, were
buried under spar, rock and debris when a cave in
occurred at North Daisy Mine owned and operated by
Rosiclare Lead & Fluorspar Mining Company. A
hanging wall in a stope gave way. Three hundred
tons of material had to be drawn out before the men's
bodies could be recovered. The bodies were about
260 feet down. Anderson, of Elizabethtown, left
a wife and several children and stepchildren.
Guill of Rosiclare left his mother and siblings.
tests were to be conducted in Rosiclare and
Elizabethtown, according to A. H. Cronk, Commander of
the Hardin County Civil Defense. Air raid alarms
were to be sounded for two full minutes. The
public was not to be alarmed by the tests. In
Rosiclare sirens and mine whistles would be
used. In Elizabethtown, fire alarms would be
and Mrs. Adrian Edmondson of the Bend of the River
community were announcing the birth of a daughter on
brothers, Alfred and Alvin Banks, sons of Mr. and Mrs.
Datis Banks of the Keeling school district, had
volunteered to enlist in the army on their 18th
Freeman D. Rotes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bass Rotes,
Rosiclare, was injured in combat at Guadalcanal and
was hospitalized in Michigan. He received the
Charles David Conkle, 18, was stationed at Camp Polk,
LA. He was the son of Fred Conkle, a veteran of
the first world war who lived in Elizabethtown.
Conkle reported that he liked army life.
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