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Sweetwater Wyoming.
« on: Thursday 07 February 19 09:26 GMT (UK) »
Researching a great uncle, I find he went to Wyoming in 1920 and settled there, it seems he continued the 'family occupation' of coal-miner.  Could anyone give me any background to the area, it seems that people from many different places went there at about that time - how would he know where to go find work?  Any information would really be appreciated.  ( on his WW11 Draft Reg Card he states his employer as U P Coal Co Rock Springs).  Thank you Elizabeth.

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Re: Sweetwater Wyoming.
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 07 February 19 21:30 GMT (UK) »
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https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/sweetwater-county-wyoming

Google "sweetwater wy  U.P. coal company" for more.


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How did he know where to find work? That depends on where he was before he was there and who he knew there before he got there.
And I think companies recruited overseas, but I don't remember where I saw that and it is too vague to start searching for.
Try Googling "Sweetwater Wyoming" "Coal" "Union Pacific" "recruit" "your great uncle's home town/country", -- various combinations and you might find something specific.

or Rock Springs or other locations in the county.
Cambridgeshire: Billups, Cropley; Derbyshire: Jenkinson, Gratton; Co Down: O'Rourke, Rodgers, Cunningham

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Re: Sweetwater Wyoming.
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 07 February 19 23:29 GMT (UK) »
thank you for that lead - Clemont lived in County Durham England, before going to the USA - it is a mining village and many of his relatives, neighbours, friends etc were miners. I now have something to tackle.   Elizabeth.

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Re: Sweetwater Wyoming.
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 07 February 19 23:32 GMT (UK) »
thank you for that lead - Clemont lived in County Durham England, before going to the USA - it is a mining village and many of his relatives, neighbours, friends etc were miners. I now have something to tackle.   Elizabeth.
Interesting, then maybe Union Pacific or another company in Wyoming recruited miners from his home town. I'm sure it's "Googleable" - at least the general practice of recruiting workers overseas.
Cambridgeshire: Billups, Cropley; Derbyshire: Jenkinson, Gratton; Co Down: O'Rourke, Rodgers, Cunningham

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Re: Sweetwater Wyoming.
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 10 February 19 17:58 GMT (UK) »
Is Clement's surname Bird by any chance? I have a Clement Bird in my family tree (second cousin twice removed and related to my Little line) who was born in Eldon, County Durham and who died in Sweetwater, Wyoming.

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Russell, Stonehouse, Agar; Yorkshire/Durham
Brown; Durham,   Little, Cumberland
Morris, Woolley, Owens; Montgomeryshire.

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Re: Sweetwater Wyoming.
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 10 February 19 18:13 GMT (UK) »

Hi Ruthie B,

Is this the one you mention  ???

FIND A GRAVE

Clement Minto Bird - 1884 - 1963

burial -     Rock Springs Cemetery Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming.
Plot   WATAHA_4_D_1

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49541943

wife Mary Elizabeth Wilson Bird - 1884 - 1970

Rock Springs Cemetery Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming.
Plot   WATAHA_4_E_1

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49541962/mary-elizabeth-bird

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Re: Sweetwater Wyoming.
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 10 February 19 18:55 GMT (UK) »
Good evening Ruthie B, it looks as if this is the same man I am researching, I have a lot of information about him if you would like to communicate .
Elizabeth

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Re: Sweetwater Wyoming.
« Reply #7 on: Monday 11 February 19 10:52 GMT (UK) »
HI Elizabeth, I'll send you a PM shortly

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Jones, Mantle; Radnorshire
Russell, Stonehouse, Agar; Yorkshire/Durham
Brown; Durham,   Little, Cumberland
Morris, Woolley, Owens; Montgomeryshire.

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