“Dancing” Joe Volinskie spent all of his adult life working at the Glen Burn mine, except for the time he took off to serve his country. “Uncle Joe went to Korea for awhile,” according to his niece, Marie D. Cerreto, of Shamokin, “but he returned to work with (his) dad, John (Volinskie) ... …

Henry Shovlin, originally of Burnside in Coal Township, spent a lifetime in the mining industry, including 35 or more years working underground. He started as a breaker boy and went on to work as a miner, fireboss and then a supervisor at Sterling Colliery. He also worked at the Burnside Colliery.

John F. Kline, of Coal Township, spent 30 years working underground as a laborer in the Glen Burn mine. He was never involved in an accident at work, but, according to his daughter, Joyce Pappas, “one of the mules always tried to crush him against the mine wall.”

Jim Shevitski, 84, of 120 Strawberry Road, Paxinos, worked underground in most independent mines for 28 years. He was employed as a laborer for two years, a miner for five and a mine foreman for 21 years at Last North Mountain Coal Co.

Joseph J. Zalar Sr. was born on March 14, 1929, in Shamokin and later lived on West Fern Street in Coal Township. He worked in the mining industry for more than 20 years, much of it spent underground. Joseph was an employee of the Glen Burn Colliery and also mined bootleg coal holes.

Anthony J. Swatski, originally from Mount Carmel, worked underground in the coal mines for 35 years. He started out in independent mines, then worked at the Locust Gap and Glen Burn collieries and received a miner’s certificate.

When The News-Item first explored the topic of the “250th anniversary of anthracite coal” earlier this year, one of our first questions was, “the 250th anniversary of what about anthracite coal?”