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History of the Champion Mines, Champion, North Fayette Twp., Allegheny Co., PA


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Coal Miners Memorial
Champion Mine,
Champion No. 1 Mine,
Champion No. 2 Mine,

Champion,
North Fayette Twp.,
Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Dec. 19, 2009

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Champion Mines


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Champion Mines, Champion, North Fayette 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
CHAMPION  MINES
[ A ]
Adams, Milton
(American Miner, Machine Miner ca.1916, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 56, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of slate at the face of a room while taking down slate, in the Champion Mine, April 8, 1916.)
Armstrong, J. M.
(General Superintendent, ca.1917, Pittsburgh Coal Company, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ B ]
Bennett, Joseph
(Belgian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 49, married.);
(Injured.  Two ribs broken and head injured by being struck by the dilly trip of mine cars while he was traveling on the dilly road in the mine, in the Champion Mine, June 2, 1903.)
Brazzi, John
(Lithuanian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1916, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 41, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of slate at the face of a room while knocking out mine posts, in the Champion Mine, July 18, 1916.)
Brennan, John R.
(Miner, Machine Boss ca.1898, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, married.);
(Injured.  Head and face injured;  was squeezed between mine cars in the mine, in the Champion Mine, Sept. 2, 1898.)
Britt, John
(Superintendent, ca.1903, of the Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company.)
[ C ]
Carmisti, Joseph
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1903, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 29, married.);
(Injured.  Arm broken by a fall of slate in his room, in the Champion Mine, March 5, 1903.)
Carrem, Julius
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23.);
(Injured.  Injured by a fall of slate in his room, in the Champion Mine, Jan. 12, 1892.)
[ D ]
Davidson, James
(Superintendent, ca.1916, ca.1917, of the Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company.)
Davidson, James
(Miner, Superintendent ca.1924, of the Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ E ]
[ F ]
Fereday, Benj.
(Superintendent, ca.1900, ca.1901, of the Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company.)
[ G ]
[ H ]
Hook, August
(German Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken;  he was struck by a dilly trip, in the Champion Mine, Aug. 26, 1901.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Jackson, John
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1917, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Foot broken.  His horse stepped on his foot, in the Champion Mine, May 31, 1917.)
Jelvia, Frank
(Belgian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1917, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 31, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of roof at the face of a pillar on a butt entry while drawing posts to make a fall, in the Champion Mine, June 8, 1917.)
[ K ]
Keefer, W. W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1903, ca.1904, ca.1905, Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kennewey, Earl
(American Miner Boy, Laborer ca.1917, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Injured.  Back and ankle injured.  He was cutting rope at the head of the incline and tripped and fell, and a passing mine car struck him.  Outside the Champion Mine, May 24, 1917.)
Kress, Joseph
(Austrian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1916, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Head cut and leg fractured.  Caught between a mine car and an entry pillar.  He stepped off a man trip on the tight side of the entry, in the Champion Mine, Oct. 14, 1916.)
[ L ]
[ M ]
Murray, Wm. C.
(Superintendent, ca.1904, ca.1905, of the Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA.)
[ N ]
[ O ]
[ P ]
Parue, Emil
(French Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 49, single.);
(Injured.  Thigh broken by a fall of slate, in the Champion Mine, Jan. 12, 1901.)
Prandon, John
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of slate in his room, in the Champion Mine, Jan. 7, 1898.)
[ Q ]
Quinett, Emil
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Hip dislocated by a fall of coal, in the Champion Mine, Sept. 6, 1898.)
[ R ]
Robbins, F. L.
(General Manager, ca.1892, of the Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Robbins Coal Mining Company.)
[ S ]
Schluederberg, George W.
(Superintendent, ca.1898, of the Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Robbins Coal Mining Company.);
(General Superintendent, ca.1900, ca.1901, Pittsburg Coal Company, Champion Mine.)
Schnkovich, George
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, single.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of slate at the face of his room;  he had been warned of his danger by another miner, in th3 Champion Mine, Oct. 19, 1901.)
Smith, Anthony
(Lithuanian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1912, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured.  Hips injured by being caught between an empty mine car and a coal pillar on the main butt entry, in the Campion Mine, Jan. 27, 1912.)
Smith, James
(American Miner Boy, Pick Miner ca.1916, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 17, single.);
(Injured.  Stomach ruptured.  He was assisting to replace a derailed mine car that he and his father were taking into their room to load, Jan. 4, 1916.)
Smith, Mr.
(Miner, ca.1916, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Father of James Smith, who was injured Jan. 4, 1916 in the Champion Mine.)
Stamovich, Frank
(Italian Miner, Scraper ca.1916, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 34, married.);
(Injured.  Ribs fractured by a fall of roof at the face of a room, in the Champion Mine, Oct. 16, 1916.)
Steel, William
(Scotch Miner, Mule Driver ca.1901, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Foot injured by mine cars, in the Champion Mine, Nov. 26, 1901.)
[ T ]
[ U ]
[ V ]
Vedras, Peter
(Polish Miner Boy, Pick Miner ca.1901, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Injured.  Seriously injured;  he attempted to jump on a trip of mine cars and fell under them, in the Champion Mine, June 8, 1901.)
Vermmlen, Polidor
(Belgian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1916, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of roof on a butt entry while taking down loose roof, in the Champion Mine, Aug. 22, 1916.)
[ W ]
Weird, Wallace
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 45.);
(Injured.  Two fingers cut off, in the Champion Mine, Feb. 13, 1892.)
[ X ]
[ Y ]
[ Z ]
Zavias, Jacob
(German Miner, Pick Miner ca.1917, Champion Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of slate at the face of a pillar while drawing out mine posts, in the Champion Mine, March 28, 1917.)
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