Our Town Stories to focus on labor unions strikes

| November 9, 2015

COSHOCTON – Coshocton County is rooted in farming, mining and manufacturing. Labor unions along with their powerful tool of persuasion—the strike—also flourished by way of those latter two industries. Join us at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum on Thursday, Nov. 12 at noon as we discuss labor unions and memorable strikes from Coshocton’s past. There are many in recent memory such as G.E., the glove companies and the paper mill, but there were also important strikes at the turn of the 20th century that occurred in the mining industry. Of course one of the most famous union organizers is Coshocton native William F. Green. Green went to work himself in the coal mines in 1879 at the age of 16. He became involved in the trade union movement as a young miner and was elected as secretary of the Coshocton Progressive Miners Union in 1891. The Coshocton Progressive Miners Union later became a local of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). Green is best remembered for serving as the President of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952.

JHM’s Our Town Stories gathering occurs monthly on the second Thursday of the month at noon. The conversation animates “the old days” as we conjure up memories, share personal stories, and recall Coshocton County as it once was. The atmosphere is casual and the discussion is always informative, amusing and surprising. Admission for the program is free, and beverages and cookies will be provided. Make this hour your lunch break. Feel free to eat your meal while we talk.

December’s topic is “Photographers.” For more information contact the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum at 740-622-8710 or [email protected]. The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is located at 300 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton. The museum is open to the public daily, noon to 5 p.m.

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