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According to Gordon Dodrill in his book"20,000 Coal Company Stores" Junior Mercantile Co. had 19 stores. Davis Colliery co used six of them and of the six, four were also used by West Va. Coal & Coke Corp. One of the four was the Harding store. Dodrill shows the mine operating from 1919 to 1931. Davis Colliery Co. and Junior Mercantile co at Harding were in operation from 1904 to 1917. This is shown on page 124, No. J448. Junior Mercantile tokens were known.

The website of West Virginia Miners Health Safety and Training has listed Harding No.3 in Randolph County operating from 1917 to 1928.

The 1914 West Virginia Annual Report of the Department of Mines states Davis Colliery Co. operated the Harding No.1, 3 and 5 mines at Harding, W. Va. in Randolph County.

The 1920 West Virginia Annual Report of the Department of Mines states West Virginia Coal & Coke Co. operating Harding No. 3 mine at Harding, W. Va., the mine produced 82,724 tons of coal with 16,905 tons of coke and 54,304 tons of coal being shipped from the site. Ninety one men were employed at the mine in 1920.

The 1927 West Virginia Annual Report of the Department of Mines states the Harding mine produced almost 76,000 tons of coal with a workforce of 94 men employed.

Donald Edkins in his Catalogue of United States Coal Company Store Scrip does not have this town or store in the book. The information supplied above should be enough for this town to be added in the next catalogue revision. I have assigned a Edkins number for the town of Harding [1225] also I have a seven piece set of Junior Mercantile Co / Harding W. Va. scrip A1 through A500 in my collection. They have the R cutout and it is an Ics product. The $5.00 token has a mintage of 100 pieces.

WEST VIRGINIA COAL & COKE CO
JUNIOR MERCANTILE CO

HARDING, W VA

SUBMITTED TO SCRIP TALK 10-23-10 PRINTED IN SCRIP TALK JAN, 2011
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BILLY W. CAMPBELL
West Virginia Coal & Coke

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