HOPEDALE – Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park Inc. will hold its 18th annual dinner/auction on Saturday, May 12 at the Hopedale Social Hall.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet-style dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin around 7:30 p.m. followed by an auction of unique mining-based items.

Featured speaker Dave Adair of the Byesville Scenic Railway will give a riveting glimpse of life as a coalminer a century ago, particularly the long hours and dangers of working underground.

Auctioneer Ryan Keesey is back to sell a series of merchandise to the highest bidder. Among the items are a framed depiction of President Theodore Roosevelt standing on a 95-ton Bucyrus Erie steam shovel at the Panama Canal in 1908 and framed photos of the Silver Spade and other machinery, a framed patriotic print donated by Carolina Collectibles and a Mining and Manufacturing Festival mug, as well as coalmining patches and decals, scale models of equipment, jars of ballast from the Silver Spade, Hanna Coal news magazines, miner statuettes made of coal and pewter and shirts and jackets from Wampan Hardware Co., the company that brought down the boom and gantry of the Silver Spade in 2007. Some of the items were donated by park members Dale Davis, Marilyn Monzula and Carl Streley plus the Harry Gorby family.

Proceeds from the event will help raise funds to cover park insurance and maintenance of machinery. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased from any member or by calling the Cadiz/Harrison County Visitors Center at 740-942-1102 or by sending a check or money order to HCRHP, P.O. Box 403, Cadiz, Ohio, 43907. Reservations may be made by calling Claren Blackburn at 740-937-2460.

Pictured above with the items for the auction are, front, Don Richards. Second row: George Bedway, President Claren Blackburn, Marilyn Monzula and Carl Streley. Back: Steve Netta, Martin McKim and Mike Collette.

NH Photo/AMY GAREIS