DU Special Collections

Oral History Interview with Isaac D. Williams

Title:
Oral History Interview with Isaac D. Williams
Creator:
None specified
Date:
1969-06-07
Type:
Sound Recording, Text
Format:
audio/mp3, audio/wav
Subject:
steel industry and trade: united states: history: 20th century
Description:
Cassette Tapes: Nakamichi Dragon, Nakamichi cassette Deck 1 Reel-to Reel Tapes: Studer A80, Studer B67, Otari MX-55, Revox A700 DVD: Pioneer DV-434. Analog/Digital converter: Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR; Prism Sound Dream AD-2; Computer Hardware: 3 (total) Intel Celeron 1.8GHz/224 MB RAM PC's (made by PowerSpec), each with a Firewire hard drive (2 made by MicroNet, 1 made by LaCie) and M-Audio Delta Audiophile (internal sound card). External Firewire Hard Drive; Computer Software: Windows XP; Steinberg Wavelength 4.0; Sony Soundforge; Other devices: Switcher to allow monitoring of multiple transfers; Basic Map: Playback machine-Analog RCA or XLR-AD converter-AES (XLR)-M-Audio Card-Software-External Firewire Drive, Isaac D. Williams was a coal miner and a fire-boss for the CFandI Steel Corporation. Researcher of Early History of CFandI from 1871-1903. Stared at CFandI at Willimsburg in 1899. Rockvale was a gaseous mine. He was a coal miner there working regular 10 hour days. Describes routine coal miner day. Family was born in Wales. Father worked in Welsh mines. On his 9th birthday in 1886 they came to Ohio and moved to Canon City, Co in 1888. His father heard wages were better in Colorado and began working at the Prentis Mine. Isaac started work at the Bear Gulch Mine in 1894. First mine worked in was Prentis Mine at the age of 10. Started at Williamsburg at 13 years old. In 1918 he became a contractor. Went back as fire boss until 1947 then retired. Describes how some mines in Fremont County got their names.