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With his brothers and sisters, Cyrus attended the old Elko School, near where the Austin Powder Company plant at Red Diamond is now located near Zaleski.His teachers included Maggie Herrold and Jerry Martin.He also attended the Huggins School where some of this classmates included County Engineer Miles Ogan, Nellie Huggins, the Chapman girls, and his uncles, John and Bert Martin.
When Cyrus was 13, he started working in the coal mines at Elko, trapping doors for the mule powered coal cars at 50 cents a day.He worked until 1941 when he lost his laft hand when he slipped and fell into a fan while working at the Clarion Coal Company Mine, operated by Martin Westfall on 3 Jul.
Starting 1891, Cyrus trapped doors for a year, then was a "pusher," pushing empty coal cars to the rooms where miners were working, and pushing full cars to the mine entry where the mules could haul them to the surface.Then for seven years he loaded coal, then for the rest of his mining career, he operated an electric coal cutting machine.
Newton Tedrow was one of the first miners with whom Cyrus worked.He worked in coal mines in the Hocking Valley at Luhrig, at Chauncey, and at Sugar Creek.He helped open two mines for the Alma Cement Company, where he helped install the first coal cutting machines there.He also helped build the Oreton Mine and worked for Charles Davis at the Elk Fork Coal Company and at the Johnson Mining Company near Athens.
Cyrus was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Union.When he retired in 1941 he was making 50 cents an hour plus a ton royalty of $10 daily for operating the cutting machine.He lived at Zaleski, Elk Fork, New Marshfield, McArthur, and Columbus, and at Dundas for over 50 years.
He married Frona Effie McGhee in 1901.Mrs. Chesser died a year after they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1951.They had seven sons and two daughters, including Everett Chesser, Leo Chesser, Raymond Chesser, Robert Chesser, Forest Chesser, Dale Chesser, Mrs. Edith Graves, and Mrs. Ethel Withers.
There is no indication of anyone submitting this entry, so was probabley done by the author of the book. It's from "Vinton County, Ohio, History & Families." by Frances Hixon 1996.
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