Harrison coal dinner and auction set for May 10

HOPEDALE – Framed photographs of Hanna/Consolidation Coal shovels, an artist’s limited edition print and ballast from the Silver Spade are among auction items planned at the annual Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park dinner/auction set May 10 at the Hopedale Social Hall.

The dinner was among matters discussed when the HCRHP group and the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historic Construction Equipment Association met recently at Puskarich Library for an annual membership meeting.

Also discussed was the ongoing investigation of radiator thefts at the park outside New Athens.

The HCRHP owns the park equipment and leases the location west of New Athens on state Route 519 from Consolidation Coal Co.

The Ohio Valley HCEA Chapter are members of the organization but also “hard-working men and women” who repair the machinery and operate them during the Old Construction and Surface Mining Show the first weekend of September, officials said.

Officials also noted that during the winter several radiators were stolen from some of the historical group’s machines. There are suspects, but they have not as yet been apprehended, officials said. Anyone having information about the thefts is asked to contact the New Athens Police Department. There is a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the thieves.

This year the organization will mark its 20th-annual dinner/auction.

Doors for the May 10 event will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with the auction to follow at 7:30 p.m. The dinner will include fried chicken, beef, mashed potatoes, beans, salad and dessert. Soft and mixed drinks will be available throughout the evening.

The auctioneer will be Bill Host of Bowerston. He also is a Harrison County commissioner.

There will be a sales table with shirts, caps and books and several tables of auction items.

The group expressed appreciation to artist Dave Barnhouse, who has donated a limited edition print, “Never Too Busy,”

Bids may be put in on this item and others ahead of time. If unable to attend the auction and wishing to bid, contact Claren Blackburn after 5 p.m. at (740) 937-2460.

Also on the auction block will be 10 16-by-20-inch framed photos of each of Hanna’s /Consolidation Coal Co. shovels that were in operation in Harrison County from the 1940s through 2006. Coal glasses, patches, insignias, Hanna Coal magazines from the ’40s and ’50s, a coal-related lighter and a series of “Silver Spade” photos also will be available.

Vineyard 22 is offering a basket of goodies, and there will be several jars of ballast and metal stampings from the Silver Spade. Ballast was used as a counterweight to the weight of the boom and bucket and was housed in the back of the shovel carriage.

These donations came from Dale Davis, Don Richards, Carl Streley, Wampum Hardware, Marilyn Monzula and Blackburn.

The public is invited to donate items. Donations do not have to be coal-related, and those interested in donating may contact Davis at (740) 391-4135 or Don Richards at (740) 937-2178.

Tickets are on sale for $15 and may be purchased by sending a check or money order to the HCRHP at P.O. Box 403, Cadiz, OH 43907.

Reservations also may be phoned to Monzula at (740) 942-3895 or Blackburn.