Wendall Welton, Retired Coal Miner, Minto

I was born in Minto in 1923. My family is one of the oldest in the Minto area. My father mined coal for my uncle, Harvey Welton who owned a couple of mines in the area.

I started wheelin when I was 13 years old. After that I joined the merchant marine and travelled throughout the world. I was 17 years old when I first visited Calcutta.

When I came back to Minto I worked underground at a number of mines including Newcastle Coal at Black Diamond. Eventually I went on surface with the draglines and I worked as a lineman and cable-splicer. In 1987 I retired from N. B. Coal.

I beat the best guy in Fredericton but I am not a fighter. I never got all these wrinkles from laughing. How could you travel in this world and find a nicer guy than me.