Great [photographs] of Kempton, West Virginia children – Sometimes the children worked in mines

Can you believe that sometimes children as young as twelve worked in coal mines? When photographer John Vachon visited the coal mine town of Kempton, Maryland-West Virginia in May 0f 1939, he took outstanding photographs of the people in the small company town, including these of some of the coal miner’s children.  They give us a wonderful glimpse of what life was like for them.

Recording of Mae Bougalis and her son, Kostis “Shorty” Bongalis. by Mary Hufford in 1952 Raleigh County, West Virginia (Library of Congress)

Coal miner’s daughter in company town, Kempton, West VirginiaCoal miner's daughter in company town, Kempton, West Virginia2Coal miner's daughter in company town, Kempton, West Virginia

Coal Miner’s Son Kempton West Virginiacoal miner's son Kempton West Virginia

Coal Miner’s Children at school
Crowded housing in company-owned coal town, Kempton, West Virginia2

Coal miner’s son, Kempton, West VirginiaCoal miner's son, Kempton, West VirginiaMiner’s sons were given the duty of searching for coal in the slag pile and bringing it home to heat their homes as seen in the pictures below – Kempton, West VirginiaMiner's sons bringing home coal which they have salvaged from slag pile. Kempton, West Virginia

Miner's sons bringing home salvaged coal during May 1939 coal strike. Kempton, West VirginiaMiner's sons getting coal from the slag pile during May 1939 coal strike. Kempton, West Virginia

Miner's sons getting coal from the slag pile during May 1939 coal strike. Kempton, West Virginia2

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

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One Response to Great [photographs] of Kempton, West Virginia children – Sometimes the children worked in mines

  1. Jeanie Russell says:

    Great pictures. Very interesting. I believe child labor laws weren’t written until the 1950’s. Thanks for the article!

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