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MVTC was chartered may 12, 1912 as an electric railroad formed by consolidation of Fairmont and Clarksburg Traction Company and Western Electric Railway Company. In the September 3, 1918 edition of the New York Times newspaper, MVTC was selling bonds in the amount of $5,500,000. The article said quote "MVTC does the entire electric and gas business in a number of cities and towns and owns valuable coal mining properties".

MVTC had a name change in 1921 to Monongahela Power and Railway Company and in 1928 the name was changed again to Monongahela West Penn Public Service Company.

Gordon Dodrill in his 20,000 Coal Company Stores book states on page 167 no. M1437 and M1438 MVTC had 2 stores, one at Baxter and the other at Rivesville, operating from 1917 to 1923. 100 men at Baxter and 123 men at Rivesville working the mines. Dodrill also shows token known.

In the December, 1980 issue of Scrip Talk Don Edkins states "all companies in Gordon Dodrill's book have been documented to be coal"

The 1920 Annual Report of West Virginia Department of Mines shows the MVTC mines at Baxter and Rivesville. The 1921 report shows the name change to Monongahela Power and Railway Company. The Supt for all years was Mr. C. E. Potter, I. A. Smith and George Hamrick were mine foremen for all years. The MVTC mine Stafford [Rivesville] in 1920 produced 192,312 tons and Traction #2 produced 31,346 tons.

New Central Coal Company operated the Stafford mine from 1903 to 1917 and produced over 2 million tons during that time.

West Virginia Office of Miners Health Safety and Training website shows MVTC at the Stafford mine in Marion County for the years 1918-1920. The website shows Monongahela Powder [typo error] and Railway Company operated the Stafford mine in 1921.

MVTC under all the names operated railroads, electric and gas plants and coal mines.

The question, was MVTC coal scrip?, came up in the Jan, 1978 issue of Scrip Talk. In February, 1978 Robert W. Craigo was the question and answer editor. His answer was that MVTC is coal.

MVTC should be listed at Rivesville in a revised fourth edition catalogue as it was the larger town. More business to be had by the store and more profit, I think. Who else has MVTC tokens????? I have a complete set 1-5-10-25-50-100.

Monongahela Valley Traction Co.

Rivesville, W Va

President's message BILLY W. CAMPBELL Printed in Scrip talk Sept/Oct 2010 issue 162