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Coal Miners Memorial
Bessemer No. 1 Mine
(Russellton No. 1 Mine),
Bessemer No. 2 Mine
(Russellton No. 2 Mine),
Bessemer No. 3 Mine
(Russellton No. 3 Mine),

Russellton,
West Deer Twp.,
Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Bessemer Mines, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

Raymond A. Washlaski, Historian, Editor,
Ryan P. Washlaski, Technical Editor,

Updated Sept. 16, 2010

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Bessemer No. 3 Mine


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Bessemer No.1, No. 2 & No. 3 Mines, Russellton, West Deer Twp., Allegheny Co., PA.   The coal miners names have been researched and complied from various sources by Raymond A. Washlaski, Historian: newspaper obits, newspaper articles, Pennsylvania Bureau of Mines Reports, township histories, and names of coal miners submitted by various people, etc..
The Nationalities listed for various miners, are taken directly from "Report of the Department of Mines of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA" as reported for the various years.  Those listed as American, could be either native born or naturalized citizens.
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Since 1870, Pennsylvania's Annual Report on Mining Activities has recorded 51,483 deaths from mining accidents-- 31,113 deaths in anthracite mines and 20,370 deaths in bituminous mines.

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COAL MINERS MEMORIAL
BESSEMER NO. 1, NO. 2 & NO. 3 MINES
[ A ]
Adams, Bruno
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Adams, Stanley
(Miner, Russellton No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Mary Stanowski Adams.);
(Stanley Adams began working in the mines at age 15 with his father Bruno Adams.);
(b. 1913 - d. 2003.);
(In the 1940's, the mines offered the coal company houses to employees to purchase, and he bought a home on Bosse's Row, "houses originally built for the bosses." It was actually called Garden Street. He retired from the mine at about age 62.);
(Stanley Adams also worked at the Superior Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Arsumbus, Pete
(Russian Miner, Miners Helper ca.1914, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Compound fracture of the big toe by mine cars in a room, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, March 14, 1914.)
[ B ]
Bozich, Ernest
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Baeden, W.
(Miner, ca.1909, Bessemer Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Prosecuted for Violations of the Mining Laws: In January, 1909, information was made against Staney Jacat, Joseph Waleski and W. Baeden, miners, employed by Bessemer Coal and Coke Company at Bessemer Mine, in which locked safety lamps are used exclusively,charging them with the violation of Article 21, section 1 of the mining laws, in carrying matches and smoking articles into the mine.  The men spent about three weeks in Allegheny county jail.  They were tried at No. 70 January term of court.  The jury returned a verdict of guilty against Staney Jacat and he was sentenced to thirty days in the workhouse.)
Baron, Stanislaw "Stiny"
(Miner, ca.1910-1920, Russellton No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Stanislaw Baron also worked at the Superior Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Bart, J. G.
(Superintendent, ca.1916, ca.1917, of the Bessemer No. 1 & No. 2 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, for Bessemer Coal & Coke Company, Russellton, PA.)
Bodolacki, John
(Russian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 38, married.);
(Injured.  Compound fracture of index finger and laceration of hand.  Caught by rope of the machine while fitting, in the Bessemer No. 2 Mine, June 29, 1917.)
Bonovitz, Michael
(Miner, Russellton No. 1 & No. 2 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Marcella O'Barto Bonovitz.);
(Lived in Russellton, PA.);
(d. 1976 at the age of 54.)
Boskok, Frank
(Polish Miner Boy, Helper ca.1910, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Injured.  Scalp severely wounded by falling off the front end of a trip of mine cars as it was landing on a side track at the bottom of the shaft, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, June 10, 1910.)
Bozich, Ernest
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Branzatt, Felix
(Austrian Miner, Shot-firer ca.1908, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33, married.);
(Injured.  Face and arm cut from a hanging shot.  The day previous the charge of powder in this hole missed fire, and the miner was instructed to withdraw the charge the following day.  The shot-firer was told by the miner that he had a new charge in he hole, and fired it and went to the face of the room to see the result, when a second blast went off from the same place as the first one.  The miner had not taken the old charge of dynamite out of the hole, but had removed some of the tamping and placed a new charge in the back of the hole, and the old charge in the back.  was exploded about one-half minute after the report of the charge in the front of the hole.  It appears that the heat from the blast in front end of the hole ignited the old charge that should have been withdrawn, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Nov. 24, 1908.)
[ C ]
Caleagnia, Paul
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1917, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 53, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured between mine car bumpers, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Aug. 4, 1917.)
Clanish, Mike
(Russian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1910, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Right thigh bruised.  Caught between a mine car and a rib.  He junped off his trip on the narrow side of the heading to set a brake and was caught, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Aug. 15, 1910.)
[ D ]
Dougirt, Julius
(Miner, Russellton No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Russellton No. 2 Mine, ca.1912-1914.)
Dougirt, Mikas "Michael"
(Miner, ca.1912 - 1914, Russellton No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Dreshar, Elizabeth M.
(See: Luzar, John;  wife of John Luzar.)
[ E ]
Ellis, Cleveland
(American Miner, Mucker ca.1916, Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 26, married.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured. Struck by a timber.  Outside the Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Aug. 22, 1916.)
[ F ]
Fish, James
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1908, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married.);
(Injured.  Leg bvroken and shoulder dislocated by afall of roof rock on pillar work while inspecting the top to place more posts, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, June 25, 1908.)
[ G ]
Gans, Joseph
(German Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32, married.);
(Injured.  Compound fracture of right leg and laceration of toes of left foot.  Run over by electric mine motor on the haulage road, which was being used as a traveling way as the manway was wet, in the Bessember Mine, April 4, 1917.)
Ganss, Frederick
(Miner, ca.1917, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Gerpanof, Mike
(Russian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1914, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 50, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of slate at tyhe face of an entry, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, March 17, 1914.)
Gliscienski, Tony
(Polish Miner, Mule Driver ca.1914, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 28, married, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a trip of mine cars on the motor road, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Feb. 26, 1914.)
Gordon, James F.
(Miner, ca.1917, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Fire Boss, ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Gorshin, Frank
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Gruden, Frank
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ H ]
Hatalsky, Mike
(Russian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 38, married.);
(Injured.  Four ribs fractured between a mine car and the side while applying the brakes, in the Bessemer No. 2 Mine, May 17, 1917.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Jacat, Staney
(Miner, ca.1909, Bessemer Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Prosecuted for Violations of the Mining Laws: In January, 1909, information was made against Staney Jacat, Joseph Waleski and W. Baeden, miners, employed by Bessemer Coal and Coke Company at Bessemer Mine, in which locked safety lamps are used exclusively,charging them with the violation of Article 21, section 1 of the mining laws, in carrying matches and smoking articles into the mine.  The men spent about three weeks in Allegheny county jail.  They were tried at No. 70 January term of court.  The jury returned a verdict of guilty against Staney Jacat and he was sentenced to thirty days in the workhouse.)
[ K ]
Kitkosky, Andy
(Polish Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33, married.);
(Injured.  Wrist fractured between mine cars, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Aug. 28, 1917.)
[ L ]
Latest, George
(Polish Miner, Snapper ca.1917, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 29, single.);
(Injured.  Back of hand and fingers lacerated and contused between bumper and frame of motor, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, May 17, 1917.)
Lewetag, Edward John
(Miner, Russellton Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Also worked at the Harmar Mine, Harmarville, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Lewetag, Ernest Lee
(Miner, ca.1940-1962, Russellton No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Time off for service during World War II.);
(Ernest Lewetag also worked at the Superior Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Lorrie, Joseph "Jake"
(Miner, ca.1940-1960, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Lived on Crest Street, Russellton, PA.)
Luzar, John [Johann][Janez]
(Slovenian Miner, ca.1919-ca.1928, Russellton No. 1 & No. 2 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Elizabeth M. Dreshar Luzar.);
(Emigrated to the US from Zagorje, Slovenia, ca.1912.);
(John Luzar also worked at the Ocean No. 2 OCC Mine, at Herminie No. 2, Westmoreland Co., PA before moving to Russellton, PA in ca.1919.);
(He left the mines in Russelton during one of the coal miners strikes and moved to Brackenridge, Pa to go to work for Allegheny Steel Corp.  The only thing he ever said about the move to Brackenridge was that "He had lost too many friends in the mines and didn't want to die in that hole."
Love, F. S.
(General Superintendent, ca.1916, ca.1917, Bessemer Coal & Coke Company, Bessemer No. 1 & No. 2 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ M ]
Mariani, Frank
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Lived in Rural Ridge, PA.)
Marshall, George
(American Miner, Tippleman ca.1917, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33, married.);
(Injured.  Clavicle fractured between a mine car and a post on the tipple.  Outside the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Jan. 23, 1917.)
Maxwell, William R.
(Miner, General Maintenance Foreman, when the mines were abandoned, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Antoinette "Toni" Maxwell.);
(William Mazwell and Ray Newcomer were in charge of closing and the demolition of these West Deer Mines.)
Missimino, Andy
(Italian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1910, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33, single.);
(Injured.  Foot crushed.  He jumped off aloaded trip to fasten the brake on the second mine car and his foot was caught in the latch and the mine car passed over it, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Oct. 30, 1910.)
[ N ]
Neflesky, Charles
(German Miner, Shot Firer ca.1907, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 37, married.);
(Injured.  Hands and face burned by gas in an entry.  The gas feeder was ignited by a blast of dynamite, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Feb. 14, 1907.)
Nemec, Frank
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Newcomer, Ray
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Ray Newcomer and William Mazwell were in charge of closing and the demolition of these West Deer Mines.)
Nips, John
(Russian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1910, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Collar bone broken and shoulder dislocated. Caught between a mine car and a rib on the narrow side of entry.  He left his room and going out on the butt entry he threw on the brake and started the trip, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Dec. 24, 1910.)
Noreikervich, Andy
(Austrian Miner, Shife Boss ca.1917, Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, single.);
(Injured.  Skull fractured when he pulled the air manifold down upon himself, in the Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Jan. 10, 1917.);
(This could be the same man as Andy Noreikervich listed below.)
Noreikervich, Andy
(Austrian Miner, Pumpman ca.1917, Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by falling from a pump to the bottom of the hoisting shaft while blowing steam through the pump to thaw ice, in the Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Feb. 13, 1917.);
(This could be the same man as Andy Noreikervich listed above.)
Nypaver, Michael
(Miner, ca.1923, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Mary Slanina Nypaver.)
[ O ]
[ P ]
Palmer, George
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Lived in Russellton, PA.)
Paljavcsik, Michael
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Pompe, Frank
(Miner Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Presensky, John "Yunch"
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Alberta Rzewnicki Presensky.);
(He also worked at the Iselin Mines, Iselin, Indiana Co., PA);
(He moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan and later to Fort Pierce, Florida where he died of cancer and is buried.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Robeletsky, Tony
(Polish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1907, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33, married.);
(Injured.  Hands and face burned by gas in an entry.  The gas feeder was ignited by a blast of dynamite, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Feb. 14, 1907.)
Rudolph, James
(Austrian Miner, ca.1895 to 1944, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Worked at mines in the Russellton area.);
(b. ca.1876.)
Rzewnicki, Alberta
(See: Presensky, John; wife of John Presensky.)
[ S ]
Semper, Nick
(See: Sempr, Nicholas.)
Sempr, Albine "Beans"
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Anne Derkach Sempr, 2 children.);
(Albine "Beans" Sempr started to work in the mines in Russellton at the age of 16 with his Father Nick. Served in World War II 1942-1945 and then returned to the Russellton Mines. Was a miner from ca.1936-ca.1982.);
(Son of Nicholas Sempr.);
(b. ca.1920 - d. ca.1992.)
Sempr, Nicholas "Nick"
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Mary Zupan Sempr, 3 children.);
(Nick Semper's son Victor was killed in action during World War II.)
Simon, Alexander
(Miner, ca.1903, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Dorothy Simon, 2 children.);
(Born in Europe, spoke Russian.);
(Also worked at the Harwick Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, ca.1905, and the Vestaburg Mines, Washington Co., PA.)
Simpson, Peter
(Miner, ca.1917, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Assistant Mine Foreman, ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Skibinsky, John
(Polish Miner, Mule Driver ca.1909, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a mine car.  He was going down grade on the main entry with his trip and in some unknown manner was run over, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Dec. 14, 1909.  He died four hours later.)
Sporcic, Matt
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Stanford, James C.
(Miner, ca.1917, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Stanowski, Mary
(See: Adams, Stanley;  wife of Stanley Adams.)
Stromota, Peter
(Slavonian Miner, Topman ca.1916, Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by falling down the mine shaft, at the Bessemer No. 2 Mine, Nov. 16, 1916.)
[ T ]
Turka, John
(Miner, ca.1919, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Rose Banauch Turka.)
[ U ]
[ V ]
Vanoski, Charlie
(Polish Miner Boy, Mule Driver ca.1909, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 17, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a mine car.  The mine car broke loose from another trip, ran down the entry and struck him, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Feb. 11, 1909.)
Vidic, Louis
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ W ]
Waleski, Joseph
(Miner, ca.1909, Bessemer Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Prosecuted for Violations of the Mining Laws: In January, 1909, information was made against Staney Jacat, Joseph Waleski and W. Baeden, miners, employed by Bessemer Coal and Coke Company at Bessemer Mine, in which locked safety lamps are used exclusively,charging them with the violation of Article 21, section 1 of the mining laws, in carrying matches and smoking articles into the mine.  The men spent about three weeks in Allegheny county jail.  They were tried at No. 70 January term of court.  The jury returned a verdict of guilty against Staney Jacat and he was sentenced to thirty days in the workhouse.)
Waratinski, Dan
(Russian Miner, Snapper ca.1917, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Wrist fractured between mine cars, in the Bessemer Mine, Sept. 12, 1917.)
Wood, F. W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1905, Bessemer Coal & Coke Company, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ X ]
[ Y ]
Yanolevitch, Mike
(Polish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1909, Bessemer No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 49, married, 5 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of roof on pillar work while undermining, in the Bessemer No. 1 Mine, May 15, 1909.)
Yourish, Joseph
(Miner, Russellton Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
[ Z ]
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