The following books and articles on the Widen Coal Strike of 1952-53 can be found at the West Virginia Archives Library.


Stewart, C. C. Strike Duty: A State Trooper Recalls Trouble in the Coalfields, Goldenseal Magazine, Charleston, West Virginia, Division of Culture and History, Volume 21, Number 4, Winter 1995.
Cul 1. Gol 1. 4:21.

West Virginia Legislature. Journal of the House of Delegates Fifty-First Legislature of West Virginia, Report and Proceedings of Widen Strike Committee, Appendix, 1953, Charleston, West Virginia.
Z9 W5 1953.


"350 Employees on Strike at Widen, Local Grievance Given as Reason," Clay County Free Press, 10-2-1952.
"Widen Strike Continuing; Mine Violence Short-Lived," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-3- 1952.
"Widen Pickets Hurl Train-Stop Threats," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-4-1952.
"Miners Continue Strike at Widen," Clay County Free Press, 10-9-1952.
"Railroad Bridges Blown Up at Sand Fork, Robinson Thursday," Clay County Free Press, 10- 23-1952.
"2 Clay Co. Rail Spans Blown Up; Fresh Violence Isolates Widen,"Charleston Daily Mail,10- 23-1952.
"Troopers Sent to Strike Area," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-23-1952.
"Blast Wreck 2 Rail Spans, Charleston Daily Mail, 10-23-1952.
"Reign of Terror Isolates Widen Threats to Federal Men Probed," Charleston Daily Mail, 10- 24-1952.
"National Guard May Get Call," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-24-1952.
"Reign of Terror Grips Entire Widen Mine Area," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-24-1952.
"Judge Moore Eyes Abuse of 2 Officers," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-24-1952.
"Dynamite Leaves Two Bridges Masses of Twisted Wreckage Near Widen," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-24-1952.
"Camera Shows Damage in Dynamiting of Clay Railway Spans," Charleston Daily Mail, 10- 24-1952.
"Widen Power Station Blast Fails," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-25-1952.
"Power Blast Hoax Widen Sector Quiet," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-26-1952.
"Bullet Hits Car at Widen," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-27-1952.
"New Violence Brings Plea for State Help," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-27-1952.
"Clay Prosecutor's Ouster Urged," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-28-1952.
"UMW Okehs Plan to Hold Widen Ballot," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-28-1952.
"Duty Neglect Laid to Eakle," Charleston Daily Mail, 10-28-1952.
"FBI Finishes Widen Probe," Charleston Daily Mail, 12-1-1952.
"West Virginia is Top Coal Producer, Widen Leads County with 687,063 Ton," Clay County Free Press, 2-5-1953.
"Fire Destroys Barn Owned by Widen Picket, Estimated Damages $1,000," Clay County Free Press, 2-5-1953.
"Miner's Auto Wrecked by Blast," Clay County Free Press, 2-19-1953.
"Miner's Tractor Wrecked by Blast," Clay County Free Press, 2-26-1953.
"Widen Resident is Arrested for Power Line Cut," Clay County Free Press, 4-16-1953.
"Widen Miner Killed, Two Wounded," Clay County Free Press, 5-7-1953.
"Oran H. Given, Deputy Sheriff Mauls Striking Miner," Clay County Free Press, 5-7- 1953.
"4 Widen Miners Shot in Ambush; One Victim Dies, Police Arrest 40," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-7-1953.
"Bullets Riddle Workers' Cars," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-7-1953.
"Quartet Shot From Ambush," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-7-1953.
"Death Ambush Climaxes Clay Terrorism, Charleston Daily Mail, 5-7-1953.
"Widen Killing Charges Due Soon," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-8-1953.
"Some Suspects Admit Ambush," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-8-1953.
"That Shot at Widen Was Heard Around the State, an Editorial," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-8- 1953.
"Widen Suspects Get All Night Grilling by Police," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-8-1953.
"46 Face Ambush Crime Charge, Troopers Grill Mine Strikers," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-9- 1953.
"A Slight Case of Murder," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-10-1953.
"50 Charged in Widen Ambush," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-10-1953.
"Crowd Jeers at Clay Jail," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-10-1953.
"Quick Hearing Asked in Widen Killing," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-11-1953.
"25 Shooting Suspects Put in Jail Here," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-11-1953.
"Widen Ambushing Suspect Confers with Counsel," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-11-1953.
"Company Men Shot First, Says Picket," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-11-1953.
"48 Waive to Grand Jury at Clay," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-13-1953.
"Striking Miners Waive Hearing," Clay County Free Press, 5-14-1953.
"Clay County Jury Refused to Convict Striking Miners; Braxton Men Called," Clay County Free Press, 6-18-1953.
"Newlyweds Delay Honeymoon for Widen Mine Trial," Clay County Free Press,7-30- 1953.
:Widen Miners Trail Continues; Defense Claims Convoy Started Fight; Marland, Blizzard Called, Clay County Free Press, 7-30-1953.
"Defense Attorneys Rests Case Wed., Widen Murder Trial May End Today," Clay County Free Press, 8-6-1953.
"Blizzard Takes Stand in Trial," Clay County Free Press, 8-6-1953.
"Jury Hears Final Arguments, Clay County Free Press, 8-13-1953.
"Braxton County Jury Convicts Bail, Attorneys Ask Sentence Be Set Aside," Clay County Free Press, 8-13-1953.
"Stay of Execution Granted Bail in Widen Mine Trial," Clay County Free Press, 8-27- 1953.
"Circuit Court Set For Oct. 5," Clay County Free Press, 9-24-1953.
"Circuit Court Now in Session," Clay County Free Press, 10-8-1953.
"Validity of Conspiracy Indictments May Be Challenged Attorneys Said," Clay County Free Press, 11-5-1953.
"UMW Gives Up at Widen Pickets Quit in Lost Cause," Charleston Daily Mail, 12-29- 1953.
"Principal Figures in 15-Month Old Strike," Clay County Free Press, 12-31-1953.
"Strike Against Elk River Coal and Lumber Company Called Off," Clay County Free Press, 12-31-1953.
"Cleveland Financier Inquires about Purchase of Widen Mine Operations," Clay County Free Press, 1-7-1954.
"Special Term of Circuit Court Scheduled Here For April 19th," Clay County Free Press, 2- 25-1954.
"Mose Boiarsky Counsel for UMW," Clay County Free Press, 3-25-1954.
"Indictments Against Strikers are Dismissed by Federal Judge," Clay County Free Press, 4-15- 1954.
"Widen Cases are Continued to October," Clay County Free Press, 6-17-1954.
"Complaints Filed Against Widen League of Miners," Clay County Free Press, 6-24- 1954.
"Large Docket Faces Circuit Court Convening Here Monday, Oct. 4th," Clay County Free Press, 9-30-1954.
"Court Delays Bail Hearing," Clay County Free Press, 1-20-1955.
Attorney Charges Unfair Jury Trial; Case Now Before Supreme Court," Clay County Free Press, 1-27-1955.
"Bail Faces Second Trial in Killing," Clay County Free Press, 6-16-1955.
"Bail Trial Continued Until February Term of Court," Clay County Free Press, 10-13- 1955.
"Jurors Won't be Called for This Term of Court," Clay County Free Press, 2-9-1956.
"Case Postponed to October Court," Clay County Free Press, 6-7-1956.
"Pittson Co. Officials Arrived in Widen Monday for Tour of Property Acquired From Elk River Coal and Lumber Co.," Clay County Free Press, 12-15-1958.

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