The Times West Virginian

June 11, 2013

Survey of needed repairs for bell in Monongah OK’d

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

MONONGAH — At a town council meeting Monday night, Monongah council members voted to repair the town’s bell, which is a memorial to the mine disaster of 1907.

The accident, which occurred around 10:20 a.m. Dec. 6, 1907, left hundreds of boys and men dead and caused wives and children to become widows and orphans.

“It’s supposed to ring every morning at the time of disaster in memory of those who lost their lives,” Mayor Don Harris said.

But for the past few years, the bell has been broken.

Monongah resident Ewing Johnson told council he is willing to volunteer to make repairs to the historical landmark. Johnson said the bell is rusting, so in addition to repairing the electrical work to make it ring, it should be painted and possibly covered to keep water from leaking into the controls.

Council agreed that Johnson could survey the bell to determine what types of repairs it needs and then present the condition of it to them before moving forward.

Also at the meeting, council approved a revision to the 2012-13 budget.


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