Steve and Liz Liska

LiskaInterviewee: Steve and Liz Liska
Year: 2005
Location: Crowsnest Pass
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Index: Coal mining in the Crowsnest Pass – working as check weighman, bucking coal, rope rider; whistles to signal if there was work and mining accidents; checks on miners lamps to keep track of who is in the mine; Dangers of coal mining – bumps, cave-ins, gas explosions; Using rock dust to prevent coal dust from exploding; Being the wife of a coal miner; Benefits gained through the union – holidays, pension; Why people became Communists; Social life in the Crowsnest Pass; May Day celebrations; Gardening and raising animals to make ends meet; Coal mining as an essential service during WWII; Differences in how people live today