History 430: Theory and Practice
The miners of the four state area lived a life of extreme hardships. Every morning wives, sons, and daughters would say good bye to their fathers hoping that this would not be the last time they saw their loved ones. This was the life of a miner family, with such horrible working conditions in the mining field people dealt and copped with death every day. Miners often came down with diseases because of the conditions Syphilis, silicosis, and tuberculosis were not uncommon. It was hard work with little pay, but it was an honest living that could support a family in these rough economic times of the mid-1940s.
Derryberry, Trey, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game: The Effect that Baseball Played on the Mining Community in the Four States during the 1940s and 1950s" (2012). Theory and Practice: Hist 430. Paper 14.