The town of What Cheer in Iowa is slowly wasting away as its coal mining options run out. It was down to 646 residents when we last counted compared to its heyday in 1890, when 3,246 miners gathered in response to a Scottish prospector’s shout. Polite company has it he cried out, “coal, coal, oh what cheer” although we doubt he was so polite. From what we have heard they were a rough and ready lot, and more likely to choose four-letter words when excited.