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Coal Miners Memorial
Blaine Mine,

Lock No. 3,
Elizabeth,
Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Nov. 18, 2009

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Blaine Mine


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Blaine Mine, Lock No. 3, Elizabeth, 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
BLAINE  MINE
[ A ]
Armities, Joseph
(Russian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1907, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 43, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of slate at the face of a room, while he was taking down the slate, in the Blaine Mine, Nov. 11, 1907.)
[ B ]
Beeler, Orrie
(American Miner, Stable Boss ca.1916, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Arm fractured.  Kicked by a mule while entering a stall in the stable.  Outside the Blaine Mine, July 8, 1916.)
Bene, Ordomdo
(Italian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1907, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Killed.  Killed Instantly by a fall of slate at the face of a room while knocking down coal, in the Blaine Mine, Nov. 7, 1907.)
Besniski, Romani
(Austrian Miner, Machine Loader ca.1904, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of slate, in the Blaine Mine, July 2, 1904.)
Bindick, Lewis
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 48, married.);
(Injured.  Foot cut off by a fall of slate, in the Blaine Mine, Dec. 27, 1906.)
Booker, Harris T.
(General Superintendent, ca.1916, Blaine Coal Company, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA,.)
Bowick, Nicholas
(Montenegrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1910, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 45, married.);
(Injured. Face and legs cut and bruised by mine cars on main haulage road, in the Blaine Mine, Sept. 23, 1910.)
Branutis, Frank
(Poplish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1908, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 26, single.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of slate at the face of a room, while loading a mine car, in the Blaine Mine, May 27, 1908.)
[ C ]
Cadwallader, Evans
(Superintendent, ca.1903, of the Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Blaine Coal Company.)
Cavanaugh, James
(Irish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1908, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 57, married.);
(Injured.  Legs broken by a fall of slateat th eface of a room, in the Blaine Mine, July 31, 1908.  Right leg amputated.)
[ D ]
Dickson, George
(Russian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal, in the Blaine Mine, May 14, 1906.)
Dulching, Peter
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 28, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Blaine Mine, Nov. 23, 1904.)
[ E ]
Emwel, Ralph
(Italian Miner, Company Employee ca.1903, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by an endless mine car haulage rope slipping off the lifting jack, in the Blaine Mine, July 27, 1903.)
[ F ]
Foover, Frank
(Slavonian Miner, Slate Dumper ca.1906, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by being caught between mine cars.  Outside the Blaine Mine, July 9, 1906.)
Fozzekish, John
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of slate, in the Blaine Mine, April 26, 1906.)
[ G ]
Gibbons, Edward
(American Miner, Coal Loader ca.1910, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 52, single.);
(Injured.  Part of foot cut off by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Blaine Mine, June 24, 1910.)
Gillingham, George
(American Miner, Tipple Foreman ca.1916, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured.  Struck by a mine car haulage rope, Outside the Blaine Mine, Nov. 24, 1916.)
Griffith, John
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1906, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken and hand cut.  He attempted to jump on a moving trip and fell in front of it, in the Blaine Mine, Nov. 23, 1906.)
[ H ]
Hackett, J. Ed.
(Superintendent, ca.1906, ca.1909, of the Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Blaine Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA.)
Hannaghan, Patrick
(Irish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 56, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of roof coal, in the Blaine Mine, Sept. 10, 1906.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Jenkins, Ebenezer
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1916, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Lock No. 3.);
(Passed his examination for Assistant Mine Foreman ca.1916, Certificate issued ca.1916.)
Jenkins, Robert
(American Miner, Timberman ca.1916, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 51, married.);
(Killed. Instantly killed. Struck by a motor in the old hill tunnel, in the Blaine Mine, Oct. 14, 1916.)
Jenkins, Thomas R.
(Superintendent, ca.1916, of the Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co. PA, for Blaine Coal Company.)
[ K ]
Knopf, H. K.
(General Superintendent, ca.1906, ca.1909, Blaine Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Koschak, Mike
(Austrian Miner Boy, Hitcher ca.1916, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Injured.  Big toe broken.  Empty mine car ran over it at the front hill pit mouth , in the Blaine Mine, Aug. 10, 1916.)
Kovoliski, Paul
(Russian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1907, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of slate at the face of a room while shearing the tight side after he had fired a shot, in the Blaine Mine, Aug. 21, 1907.)
Kuhn, H. A.
(General Superintendent, ca.1903, ca.1904, Blaine Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ L ]
Lenovich, George
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1909, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, married.);
(Injured.  Toe cut off by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Blaine Mine, Nov. 18, 1909.)
Liskowski, Anton
(Russian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of slate, in the Blaine Mine, Dec. 21, 1904.)
[ M ]
Maduseavch, Joseph
(Russian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 29, single.);
(Injured.  Foot cut off by being run over by an electric motor trip.  Outside the Blaine Mine, Oct. 17, 1906.)
Meyers, Lewis
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1902, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, married.);
(Injured.   Leg and one rib broken by being knocked off an empty trip, in the Blaine Mine, Jan. 30, 1902.)
Meyers, Louis
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1903, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Collar bone broken by a mule falling upon him, in the Blaine Mine, Jan. 30, 1903.)
McGrogan, Mr.
(Miner, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Blaine Mine.)
Monroe, Hugh M.
(Scotch Miner, Brakeman ca.1916, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Killed. Legs fractured. Caught between loaded mine cars and a rib, in the old hill tunnel, in the Blaine Mine, Aug. 3, 1916.  Died October 13, 1916.)
[ N ]
[ O ]
[ P ]
Pasco, Patsey
(Iatlian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1907, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of slate at the face of an entry, in the Blaine Mine, May 22, 1907.)
Pessi, Peter
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1907, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, single.);
(Injured.  Four toes cut off by a fall of slate while shoveling coal at the face of a pillar, in the Blaine Mine, Sept. 4, 1907.)
Pollock, Joseph
(Polish Miner, Mule Driver ca.1908, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured.  Caught between a mine car and an entry pillar, in the Blaine Mine, Oct. 23, 1908.  Died on the 27th of Oct., 1908.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Rankin, James
(American Miner Boy, Brakeman ca.1907, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 17, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by being crushed between a motor and an empty mine car near the main opening inside the mine, July 18, 1907.  He died in thirty minutes.  The motorman had swung a loaded trip in on the loaded track and it failed to go over the knuckle.  A wooden rail was used from the motor to a loaded mine car to push the trip over the knuckle.  The rail broke, throwing the motorman off the motor.  Rankin jumped on the motor evidently to stop it, but the motor ran into the empty mine car with the with above results.)
Rankin, John
(American Miner, Motorman ca.1907, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 44, single.);
(Injured.  Leg crushed between a mine car and an entry pillar.  He ran into another motor trip, jumped off, but was caught by the first mine car, in the Blaine Mine, June 26, 1907.)
Rowe, W. L.
(Superintendent, ca.1904, ca.1905, of the Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Blaine Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA.)
Runsate, Ned
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1916, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 31, single.);
(Injured. Leg broken by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Blaine Mine, Feb. 19, 1916.)
Russell, Larry
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1916, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 37, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured.  Caught by a mine car on the main haulage road, in the Blaine Mine, July 25, 1916.)
[ S ]
Sarski, Adam
(Polish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 27, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Blaine Mine, Jan. 18, 1906.)
Stragand, Earnest
(American Miner, Coal Loader ca.1909, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Foot cut off by a mine motor on the main haulage, in the Blaine Mine, Dec. 1, 1909.)
Strangand, John
(American Miner Boy, Coal Loader ca.1909, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 19, single.);
(Injured.  Four fingers cut off by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Blaine Mine, May 11, 1909.)
Swanasa, John
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1907, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Lock No. 3.);
(His brother Anthony Swanasa was killed in the Darr Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Explosion of Dec. 19, 1907.);
(His parents are in the old country.)
[ T ]
Thomas, Mike
(Russian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1907, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 50, married.);
(Injured.  Back bruised by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Blaine Mine, Aug. 12, 1907.)
Tinko, Melle
(Slavonian Miner, Car Trimmer ca.1909, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by beiung struck with a wire rope.  Tinko and three other persons were pulling two loaded mine cars from the tipple with an engine and a wire rope passing through two moveable blocks. When they reached a point where Tinko had to uncouple the rope, they failed to get the engine stopped.  The block was simply hooked to a guard rail, and as the mine cars went on became unhooked, and the tension on the rope caused it to fly up and strick Tinko.  Outside the Blaine Mine, Dec. 30, 1909.)
[ U ]
[ V ]
[ W ]
Waterma, Mike
(Italian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33, married.);
(Injured.  Head and face badly cut by a blast through a rib, in the Blaine Mine, March 27, 1906.)
Wilson, Andrew
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1916,  Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 27, married.);
(Injured.  Rib fractured.  Caught between mine cars and a coal rib on an entry, in the Blaine Mine, Aug. 11, 1916.)
Wootkovich, Bernard
(Lithuanian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of slate, in the Blaine Mine, Aug. 31, 1906.)
[ X ]
[ Y ]
Yeanilinas, Alex
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1909, Blaine Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken and face cut by a fall of mine roof on pillar work, in the Blaine Mine, June 8, 1909.)
[ Z ]
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