The history of Flaschar’s Mine
The Flaschar’s Mine historic mine works date from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, a time when the slate industry boom culminated in the area of the Low Jeseník Mountains. At the end of the 19th century there were fifty-two active facilities devoted to mining and processing slate reported in Silesian industry statistics. There are seven defunct slate mines registered in the location of Nový Svět (New World) not far from Odry, where Flaschar’s Mine is also located.
There is evidence in the archives of slate mining at Flaschar’s Mine dating from the 1880s, when Gustav Mauler, a merchant and the subsequent owner of the quarry, moved to Odry. Other owners of the land on which the former slate mine was located, Johann Fadle and Stefan Foltas, came from the nearby village of Veselí and operated small-scale slate mining for construction purposes. The lack of funds for modernisation of the mine probable forced the owners to lease the mine to Alois Jambora, a businessman from Hranice, in 1898. However, major investor JUDr. Karel Flaschar, entered the slate business in the Nový Svět location when he purchased the mine, expanded and modernised it. He appointed Johann Fadle, the former owner of the mine, his deputy.
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