Response from Governor Pinchot to District 2 Union President Concerning Several Complaints of Miners, February 26, 1931
Gifford Pinchot was Governor of Pennsylvania
from 1923 to 1927 and from 1931 to 1935. Short weights at tipples
and unfair practices at company stores were concerns of McIntyre miners
as well as those in other coal mining towns. Pinchot's letter is somewhat sympathetic.
In the last paragraph he acknowledges what he terms the "existing
deplorable situation" and indicates that the coal industry will be investigated.
This letter has been reproduced in the negative for better readability.
Document: courtesy Archives Department, Rochester and Pittsburgh
Coal Company Records, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.