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Name: Gus Blair Big Muddy Coal Co.

Historical Note: Born in 1871, Gus Blair worked in the mines of Mount Carbon and Murphysboro, Illinois, before opening his own mine in Murphysboro, beginning in about 1903.  Blair later served as alderman, postmaster, and mayor of Murphysboro.
Sources: Murphysboro Daily Independent, October 16, 1923 (transcribed online); Directory of Coal Mines in Illinois: Jackson County, prepared by the Illinois State Geological Survey, September, 2008 (available online).
Note Author: Aaron M. Lisec

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