UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
THOMAS LYNCH MISC. LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS [1889-1891]
Lynch, Thomas, 1854-1914.
Miscellaneous letters and documents, Nov. 23, 1889-May 25, 1891. 11 items.
LTR 1889 Nov. 23
A letter from Edward T. Loomis, Sec'y to John I. Munson, Supt., Davidson Works in which ETL writes that since "the time having expired for which the men suspended themselves, they are ready to go to work on Monday next, Nov. 25th". ETL wants to know if JIM has any reason why they should not go back to work. Typed letter. Photocopy.
[In an unsigned holograph note on the ltr is written "that the suspended operation was an open and direct violation of the agreement between Mr. Lynch and the Committee therefore the matter of resuming work is one for Mr. L and the [committee?] to solve not for you and I".]
DOC [1889 Nov. 23?]
Undated and unsigned photocopy of a holograph note [presumably from JIM to in response to ETL] in which is noted "that the suspended operation at this plant is an open an direct violation of the agreement made by Mr. Lynch and their committee and therefore the question of resuming operations is between the Committee and Mr. Lynch. My jurisdiction in the matter extends only to the foremen I suspended and they are at liberty to resume work next Monday.".
DOC [1889 Nov. 25. Scottdale, Pa.]
Photocopy of an unsigned holograph document which contains denial by R.D. Kerfoot "that he said to the men at Davidson or elsewhere that he would bring out all the men at Frick Works on account of the trouble at Davidson Works or that he would have ten thousand men idle". Denial by RDK made in the presence of Hillary Ball, and in substance in the presence of Parker and Craig before being reduced to writing. Noted that the denial was also made at the office of TL in the presence of Peter Wise. Kerfoot also denied that he ever told the men at Davidson that they were right.
DOC 1889 Nov. 25. Scottdale, Pa.
Photocopy of unsigned typed document contains verbatim text of above unsigned holograph document.
LTR 1889 Nov. 25
Photocopy of signed holograph letter from Thomas Lynch to John I. Munson in which TL notes that "since Master Workman Kerfoot has made satisfactory explanation about things with the Davidson suspension, you are now at liberty to resume operations". Ltr signed by TL with concurrence signed by R.D. Kerfoot.
LTR 1889 Nov. 25. Scottdale, Pa.
Photocopy of a typed copy of the above holograph letter.
DOC 1889 Dec. 26
Photocopy of a holograph document from H.C. Frick Coke per Thomas Lynch. "Notice to Employees, Valley Works". Text: "As many of the men employed at this plant seem determined that this works shall be now in the interest of and for the exclusive benefit of a few person or persons other than the owners and as we cannot afford to do that in addition to paying 7 percent more wages more than our competitors, we will close this plant down indefinitely. Therefore in conformity with requirements of the scale, you are hereby notified that this plant will close down Dec. 27."
DOC 1890 Apr. 1 Scottdale, Pa.
Photocopy of a typed "Notice" from H.C. Frick, President, that the "Office of General Superintendent has been abolished and that of General Manager Created. Mr. Thos. Lynch has been appointed General Manager".
LTR 1890 Sept. 27. Scottdale, Pa.
Photocopy of typed letter signed from Thomas Lynch "To Superintendents and Pit Bosses." In the letter, TL calls attention "to loose waste, both clean and oily, lying about the engine houses, boiler houses, pump houses outside and inside the pits" and that he has instructed that "cans be provided for this waste." He wants to know if this has been done, and, "if not, to do so at once".
In the matter of the of using oil in the mines, "only one day's supply of any kind of oil is to be kept in the mines" and "not to allow miners to take in more than one day's supply".
His attention has been called to the building of shanties in the pits "where waste, oily rags, oil and other combustible material is kept; also shanties for trapper boys to stay in have waste, old rags, and oil in the shanties". Pit bosses to make sure there is no such fire traps in or about their mines.
At works where there are superintendents, they should "make it their duty to see that Pit Bosses enforce these rules inside and outside. Where boilers and furnaces, the Pit Bosses should visit those boilers or furnaces the last thing every day to see that all is safe. The Superintendent should examine them at least once a month".
LTR 1890 Dec. 27. Scottdale, Pa.
Photocopy of holograph letter from Thomas Lynch "To Superintendents and Pit Bosses". In that ltr TL notes that "the fire at the United Coal & Gas Works as another warning of the danger of using Carbon Oil in mines". He calls attention to the Circular issued Sept. 27 in regard to the use oil and waste and notes that "in no circumstances should carbon oil be allowed to be taken into the mines". If stationary lamps are needed, they should be brought to the outside and filled and should be made of tin or some other material than glass. "Good lard oil should be used since it will give sufficient light, add much to the safety of their lives and company property and that he doesn't believe it will cost very much, if any more, than oil."
LTR 1891 May 25th. Scottdale, Pa.
Photocopy of a typed draft of a ltr from TL, Gen. Man., to [Superintendents]. TL congratulates them "on the successful termination of the strike and the auspicious circumstances under which the work is being resumed at your plant". He further writes that "Those of your employees who allowed themselves to be led astray and arrayed against us and made the tools of dishonest and designing men who sought to use them for their own selfish purposes, should be congratulated upon their deliverance from clutches of those leeches and once more made free and independent men [original word used was "citizen" but redacted to "men" in a holograph superscript]; also upon the good wages which is now guaranteed for the next three years". The men are to be "treated fairly, avoiding everything like revenge or ridicule over the loss of the Strike". Foremen are to see that the instructions are not to be disregarded. TL ends by indicating "that you should also make it a rule that no man shall be discharged for any offense until the matter has been laid before you". Noted in holograph: Copy to: United, Mutual, Central, Youngstown, Redstone, Johnstown (?), Calumet with date July 7, '91.
The Lamplighter. [Published by the Coal Operators Casualty Company]. v. 1 #5, [August 22, 1947]. This issue contains a story on the Lynch Home located on West Pittsburgh Street. Construction on the home was begun in 1905 and completed in the Spring of 1907. This site was acquired in 1945 by the Coal Operators Casualty Company after the Lynch Family had constructed and moved into a new family home.
Provenance: This material given to Dr. Frank A. Cassell, President, UPG, by Charles McKenna Lynch III and sent by FAC to Dr. Patricia Duck, Director, Millstein Library, June 15, 2005.