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1836 Version of Lykens Valley Coal Company Stock: Very old and NUMBER 1

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1836 Version of Lykens Valley Coal Company Stock:  Very old and NUMBER 1
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Yes, NUMBER 1 for a 1936 stock certificate! Issued for 50 shares to George Thompson. Signatures are pen cancelled. Dateline Dauphin County, 1836. One small hole were writing has bled through. Otherwise, very nice! 5.5" x 8.5". Onion skin paper. Vignette of a blacksmith shop. Vignettes of Roman soldiers in each corner. On New Year’s Day 1877, the prosperous community of Lykens, Pennsylvania was brought to its knees by a devastating mine fire in 1877. The disaster changed the lives of thousands of Dauphin County residents forever. A small number of workers entered the burning mine to assist in efforts to put the fire out, but the vast majority of the 800 miners and workers attached to the mines and related industries in Bear Gap were thrown out of work. The situation looked dire – damage was estimated in excess of $1 million and fierce debate raged over whether the Lykens colliery would ever reopen. It took six weeks for the fire to extinguish itself. The town and its citizens were thrown into poverty Attempts to reopen the mine were included drastic wage decreases. Life would never be the same in Lykens Valley. [wynninghistory.com] Prag Collection City: Dauphin County, Lykens State: Pennsylvania Date: 1836 HWAC# 81676