Can you help me identify any aspect of these photos?


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I believe that these four photos are a series, which were among the photos in my great uncle George Lineberry‘s photo album.  Unfortunately, they have no information on them to help identify the who, where or what.  However, here are a few facts & items that I have that may help solve this mystery.

According to my Grandmother Virginia by November 1929 her brothers George and Joe worked for their brother-in-law, Edson Curtess, on a casing crew in Oklahoma City.  I have a few family photos showing a Jennings Casing Crew sign.

In November (1929) we moved to the City. Edson bought a big house (it had 9 rooms, 5 bedrooms). It was at 202 SE 23 Oklahoma City. Edson had casing crews, so Joe and George worked with him. (The men 4 to 5 roomed with us.) Bernita and I did the washing and house cleaning. The men ate out always.


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Items dated October 1936 show that George worked for Carter Coal Company in Caretta, West Virginia and that he went to a doctor and used the bath house, which were deducted from his earnings.  By January 1937 he paid $2.00 for the State Road Tax in Caretta, West Virginia.


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Also among George’s things is an “Attendance Card U.M.W. of A. Local Union No. 5996 Amonate, Va”.  He was a member of the United Mine Workers and the card has two punches denoting that he paid his dues during the month of July, no year is noted.  Amonate is not very far from Caretta, WV so I imagine he was a member of this union before or after his employment at Carter Coal Company.

Then several months during 1940 George was unemployed based on George’s identification card from the Oklahoma State Employment Service.  At that time he was living in Oklahoma City and listed his occupation as puller casing.  Perhaps he had again been working for his brother -in-law.  A casing puller controls power hoisting equipment to pull casing, tubing, and pumping rods from oil and gas wells for repair and to lower repaired equipment, testing devices, and servicing tools into well: Attaches cable clamp to top of pump rod or casing and starts winch or hydraulic jack that raises rod or casing. (Webster’s Online Dictionary).


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It is plausible that the four unknown photos are from a place where George worked.  The photos are clearly in an area with mountains and trees and while Oklahoma is known for its flat lands it does have some mountains and trees in the eastern portion of the state.  My first inclination, however, is to think that the photos are from about 1937 when George was in Virginia, which has lots of mountains and trees.  I’m interested in hearing from others who can provide information to help determine what type of operation is depicted in the photos.

Further readings:

Appalachian History discusses metal scrips

Coalwood, where Carter Coal Company was located