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Jack Cloves Smith works the Carbonado mine | Historical photograph

December 25, 2012 · 7:39 PM
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Jack Cloves Smith is shown here working at the Carbonado mine, operating an electric motor, circa 1936-37. / Photo courtesy Bill Kombol

Jack Cloves Smith is shown here working at the Carbonado mine, operating an electric motor, circa 1936-37.

Electric motors like this one were typically used to pull timber or coal cars into position or perhaps into the shop for mechanical repairs.

The copper power line is visible where the wooden arm extends upward to connect. Jack was born Feb. 6, 1913, in Kansas. His parents moved to Carbonado shortly thereafter. He started working in the coal mines of Carbonado, perhaps around 1930.

He married Pauline Loss, the daughter of Raymond Mundy Loss, after whom a road near Buckley is named. Jack and Pauline had two children, Carolee and a son, Jack Jr. Smith, who died May 3, 1944, when a large rock in the gangway of the Wilkeson Products Company mine fell and crushed him.

His daughter Carolee and her husband Miles Moergeli were both born in Enumclaw. This photo comes courtesy of Robert Peloli, a retired coal miner who was a contemporary of Smith.

Photo provided by Bill Kombol

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