SME-DC Meeting, Richard W. Pascoe: A Cornish Superintendent in American Mining

February, 11, 2014 MEETING
SME, Washington DC Section

RESERVATIONS: Lee Bray, Secretary-Treasurer, at 703-648-4979703-648-4979 or _lbray@usgs.gov_ (

“Richard W. Pascoe: A Cornish Superintendent in American Mining” SPEAKER: Mike Kaas

Richard W. Pascoe was a Cornishman. He learned his mining skills as a youth working in the copper mines of Cornwall where he became a Mine Captain at an early age. Like so many of his Cousin Jack brethren in the mid 1800’s, he immigrated to the United States in search of new opportunities for his mining expertise. He worked in anthracite coal, copper, zinc, lead, and iron mining. His semi-nomadic career took him first to Scotland and then to Pennsylvania, Ontario, and Michigan. When the Civil War started, he was mining lead in North Carolina. Unable to return north, he spent the war years in North Carolina and Virginia, including a stint as a conscript in the Confederate Navy. At the end of the war, he was reunited with his family in Pennsylvania and continued his career in zinc and later in iron mining. His story illustrates the important contributions of Cornish miners in the early years of the U. S. mining industry.

This presentation completes the trilogy of papers based on research concerning the Silver Hill Mine, the Friedensville Mines, and the career of Richard Pascoe.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
11:30 – Social 12:00 – Lunch 12:30 – Speaker

Pier 7 Restaurant, 650 Water Street, SW, Washington, DC (within walking distance of the Waterfront Metro on the Green Line) Free parking with validation from Pier 7 Restaurant.

Meeting cost: $23.00 for Washington, DC Section members
$28.00 for non-members

Please send your RSVP and entrée choice before 5:00 pm, Friday, February 7.
Contact: Lee Bray, Secretary-Treasurer, at 703-648-4979703-648-4979 or

Remember that we will bill ”no-shows!”

–Lunch provided–
Entree (choose one): 1) Breast of Chicken; 2) Broiled Filet of Sole with Scallops; 3) Medallions of New York Sirloin; 4) Seafood Newburg with Rice Pilaf; or 5) Vegetarian (no seafood).

Served with: Mixed Green Salad; Potato du Jour; Fresh Rolls; Coffee, Tea, or Milk;
and Ice Cream Log with Strawberry Sauce.

Posted by:
Steve Stokowski
Vice-Chairman, SME- DC


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