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The Phillip Diedesheimer Story 

Adam and Hoss put their lives and the Cartwright reputation on the line to help German engineer, Philip Diedesheimer, convince greedy silver mine owners and shareholders to use his ... See full summary »

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Ben Cartwright (credit only)
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Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright (credit only)
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Adam and Hoss put their lives and the Cartwright reputation on the line to help German engineer, Philip Diedesheimer, convince greedy silver mine owners and shareholders to use his innovative honeycomb support system to improve mine shaft safety and save miners' lives. Written by shepherd1138

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31 October 1959 (USA)  »

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This story's events were inspired by the real story of the German-born American immigrant engineer Philip Deidesheimer (1832-1916). Diedesheimer developed his square set timbering system for the Comstock Lode's Ophir Mine in Virginia City, Nevada in 1860. And just as portrayed in the story, Diedesheimer chose not to patent his revolutionary and life-saving innovation in mining. See more »

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In this episode, Hoss says he remembers his mom telling him stories and playing with him. In season 3, the episode "Inger, my love" it shows his mom dying just a few days after he was born. See more »

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Andrew Holloway: Enter it on the report. Make sure each of the widows get a box of groceries.
Helene Holloway: A box of groceries for a dead husband.
Andrew Holloway: It's company policy.
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A well acted episode about early mine life.
12 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Another episode concerning mining-- but this time it involves a cave-in at the local mine that kills some of the workers. There is a problem with the way the timbers are shifting and the danger is very real. The problem is that the manager of the mine, Andrew Holloway (R.G.Armstrong), is more about profits and keeping the owners off his back than he is safety. And even being told that the mine is not safe, he orders the men back down into the mine. And with a cold heart he provides the widows of the dead men a box of groceries for their loss all because the company says they are entitled. But when the fiancé of Holloway's daughter is killed in another collapse things may start to be done.

With the help of Adam Cartwright, Phillip Diedesheimer will develop a new way to timber the mine and hopefully make the mine more safe. But they will face problems from Holloway and other mine owners because the cost of the new timber complex will eat into their profits. The two will have to prove that the new timber design is the best for the men and the mine.

There are some nice scenes in this episode that really made the show stand out from others. Like when Helene Holloway comes to grips that her fiancé had died or when Hoss is upset when Mr Holloway is thinking more about the mine that an employee's death. This episode had much going on that is worthy of a watch. Ben and Little Joe are a no-show on this episode but their absents are not really missed. This was a good story that was played well by the entire cast. Good watch.


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