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Bardford who comes from coal miners? (109* d) RE: who comes from coal miners? 29 May 02

My Great Grandfather mined coal in South Wales (Pontycymmer) at the turn of the last century before coming to Canada in 1903 to work the mine at Fernie, B.C. In Wales, he was a check weighman, which is apparantly the man appointed by fellow miners to ensure a fair tally of the coal. That's how I understand it. Maybe someone with greater knowledge could clarify.

I'm not sure if he was a singer, but he was no stranger to public speaking, as he was a union organizer who went on to a career in politics.

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