Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Mother Jones



54 miles south of Springfield lies the village of Mount Olive, Illinois, featured today in the Washington Post as the last resting place of Mary Harris Jones.

Known as "Mother Jones" during her long public career, 1870-1930, she was a tiny, white-haired woman with a gift for passionate oratory. She fought against low wages and poor conditions in mines and factories, helped organize labor unions, and often went to jail for her beliefs.

The monuments to her today are Mother Jones magazine and her grave in the United Mine Workers Union Cemetery in Mount Olive. She asked to be buried there, with other martyrs of the labor movement, 75 years ago this summer.

2 comments:

Bob's Wife said...

Forgoodness sakes Dear Will,
Where do you find such interesting trivia and how is it you have so much time to post and share it with all of us?
Indeed you are Amazing and I for one appreciate your blog column.

Our condolences to the Cole Family.
Thanks,
Bob's Wife

Anonymous said...

Seems I went from one coal region to another. I live in the anthracite coal area of the Appalachians where Mother Jones is still revered along with the Molly Malones and John Mitchell (the union organizer, not our classmate). I've really enjoyed learning anthracite history here, and many of my friends and coworkers are the descendants of immigrant coal miners.

Barbara Edmiston Mitchell