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History of the Ford Colliers, Curtisville Mines, Curtisville, West Deer Twp., Allegheny Co., PA


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Ford Colliers
Curtisville No. 1 Mine
(Benjamin Mine),
Curtisville No. 2 Mine
(Francis Mine),
Curtisville No. 3 Mine
(Berry Mine),

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

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

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Aug. 26, 2010

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Curtisville Mines


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Curtisville Mines, Curtisville, 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
CURTISVILLE  MINES
[ A ]
Adams, Carl
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Adams, Thomas
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Allen, Louis
(Miner, ca.1916, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1916, received his certificate ca.1916.)
Allison, Audell
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Allsopp, William
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Aloche, Joe
(Slavonian Miner, Machine Runner ca.1917, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married.);
(Injured.  Index finger of left hand cut off at first joint and second finger of same hand lacerated.  Caught between the machine and the pan, in the Berry Mine, Jan. 9, 1917.)
Anderson, Ernest
(Miner, Dumper ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Ashworth, Charles E.
(Miner, House Boss ca.1945, Curtisville No. 2 Mine [Francis Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Retired in ca.1945, after 28 years of service at the Ford Collieries.)
[ B ]
Balko, John
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Baron, Jack
(Miner, Loader ca.1951, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Baron, William
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Barsani, Emil
(Italian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1916, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Arm crushed.  Caught between mine car and the face of working place, in the Berry Mine, Dec. 18, 1916.)
Baughman, John M. "Hank"
(Miner and Truck Driver at the Ford Collieries Mine Curtisville, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Dorothy I. Lowe Baughman.)
Baynick, Joseph
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Bear, Harry L.
(Miner, Pay Roll Clerk ca.1948, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Promoted to Chief Clerk ca.1948, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Bell, Lawrence
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Bibri, Frank
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Black, Lawrence
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Blolyan, Varina
(Italian Miner, Machine Helper ca.1916, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 37, married.);
(Injured.  Hand injured.  Caught by mining machine on an entry, in the Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Sept. 6, 1916.)
Boballo, Charles
(Slavonian Miner, Snapper ca.1917, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, single.);(Injured.  Femur fractured between a mine car and mine door on the butt entry, in the Berry Mine, Oct. 27, 1917.) 
Bober, John, Jr.
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Bober, Joseph
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Bohuch, Mike
(Miner, Cager ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Boucher, Lester H.
(Miner, ca.1917, Bairdford Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Bozic, Tony
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Brey, John W.
(Miner, ca.1917, Bairdford Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Budz, Joseph, Jr.
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Burge, Fred
(German Miner, Carpenter ca.1916, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 46, single.);
(Injured.  Hand cut.  Caught by a circular saw.  Outside the Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], May 18, 1916.)
Buydoso, Anthony
(Miner, Scraper ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Byers, Ellis
(Miner, Assistant General Superintendent ca.1918, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Byers, John Hayes
(Employee, Purchasing Agent ca.1917, Ford Collieries Company ,Curtisville, PA.)
Byers, Roy
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ C ]
Callaghan, Thomas
(Miner, ca.1917, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Fire Boss, ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Carnahan, Samuel
(American Miner, Trimmer ca.1917, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Heel of foot crushed.  He fell from a railroad car under the tipple and a wheel of the railroad car ran over his heel.  Outside the Berry Mine, Jan. 5, 1917.)
Cassol, John
(Miner, ca.1917, and later, Curtisville No. 2 Mine [Benjamin Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Anna Cassol.)
Caudill, Thomas H.
(Miner, ca.1917, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Fire Boss, ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Chambers, William
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Charlton, Russell
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Charlton, William
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Chatary, Frank
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in ca.1945.)
Cheman, Mike
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Colpo, Baptiste
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Connor, Denny
(Miner, Motor Boss ca.1918, ca.1952, Berry Mine, [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Cooper, Maurice D.
(Miner, ca.1917, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.);
(Passed his Examination for Fire Boss, ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Cotton, Anthony
(Miner, Cager ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Crainip, Andy
(Slavonian Miner, Snapper ca.1916, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Ankle fractured and foot crushed.  run over by mine cars on an entry, in the Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Sept. 15, 1916.)
[ D ]
Dalusio, Oswald
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Damico, Dominic
(Miner, Motorman, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Brother of John R.Damico & Samuel Damico.);
(Retired after 25 years of service in the Curtisville Mines.)
Damico, John R. "Romey"
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Brother of Dominic Damico and Samuel Damico.)
Damico, Samuel
(Miner, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Brother of John R. Damico and Dominic Damico);
(Retired from the Curtisville Mines.)
Davis, Irwin
(Miner, Pumper ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Deel, Harry E.
(Miner, ca.1910 - ca.1945, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine] and Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Miner check number 153, and check number 591.)
Derlink, Jacob
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Door, John
(Italian Miner, Motorman ca.1916, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Collar bone and two ribs fractured.  Caught between mine car and motor on an entry, in the Benjamin Mine, Oct. 20, 1916.)
[ E ]
Ebel, Carl
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Ensminger, William
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Ezeanno, Paul
(Polish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1910, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 60, married, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed while crossing mine cars that were standing on an entry between 3 and 4 butts.  His head touched an electric wire and held him fast until found by workmen, in the Francis Mine, Aug. 10, 1910.)
[ F ]
Falooner, John
(Miner, ca.1918, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Farkas, Tony
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Figart, John
(American Miner, Laborer ca.1917, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 52, married.);
(Injured.  Index finger fractured at second joint.  While moving a dump the bar slipped andhis finger was caught between the bar and a timber.  Outside the Benjamin Mine, March 24, 1917.)
Filek, Fred
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Flenner, William A.
(Superintendent, ca.1917, of the Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, for Ford Collieries Company.)
Foster, David E.
(Miner, ca.1917, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Foster, John
(Miner, ca.1918, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A baseball player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Franks, August
(Miner, Curtisville, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade, ca.1916.  Received his certificate.)
Fuge, Frank
(Miner, ca.1917, Bairdford Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Fire Boss, ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Fuge, John H., Jr.
(Miner, ca.1917, Bairdford Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Fire Boss, ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Fuge, John T.
(Miner, ca.1917, Bairdford Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Fire Boss, ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
[ G ]
Garvin, Burdette Merle
(Miner, ca.1940's- late 1950's, Curtisville No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Geiser, Albert
(American Miner, Brakeman ca.1916, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Injured.  Clavicle Fractured.  Caught between mine car and a rib on an entry, in the Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine].)
Gerashenko, Mr.
(Miner, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married.);
(Lived in Bairdford Patch.)
Gibson, R. C.
(American Miner, Trip Rider ca.1917, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Injured.  Foot Contused when a mine motor on which he was riding collided with a trip of mine cars, in the Benjamin Mine, Feb. 28, 1917.)
Goodwin, George
(Miner, ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Gregory, June
(Ford Collieries Curtisville Office staff ca.1945, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Griffith, Francis B.
(Vice-President in charge of production at the Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, ca.1945.)
Gromiko, Mr.
(Miner, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married.);
(Lived in Bairdford Patch.)
Grubbs, Herb
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Grubbs, Paul
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Guidas, John M.
(Miner, ca.1917, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Assistant Mine Foreman, ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
Guidosh, Joseph M.
(Miner, ca.1917, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
[ H ]
Haller, Steve
(Slavonian Miner, Machi8ne Miner ca.1917, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 38, married.);
(Injured.  Thumb fractured by a fall of coal at the face of an entry, in the Francis Mine, March 20, 1917.)
Henry,Clarence
(Miner, ca.1918, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Henry, Merrell
(Miner, ca.1945 Lamp House, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA,)
Hoak, Charles
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Miner, Coal Loader ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine].)
Hoole, Ray
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Hrinda, Steve
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Hromiko, Nick
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Huston, George
(Slavonian Miner, Cager ca.1916, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed. Caught between hoisting cage and concrete roof at the shaft bottom, in the Berry Mine, Aug. 10, 1916.)
[ I ]
Ingnermar, Silvio
(Italian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1916, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Face cut and back injured by a fall of coal at the face of a room, in the Benjamin Mine, Aug. 2, 1916.)
Irvine, Daniel
(Irish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1914, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 45, married, 7 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of coal at the face of a room, in the Benjamin Mine, Dec. 30, 1914.)
Irvine, William
(Miner, ca.1945, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], married, wife Jessie Irvine.)
[ J ]
Johnson, Alfred
(Miner, Night Foreman ca.1945, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Retired ca.1945.)
Jones, Robert
(Superintendent, ca.1917, of the Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, for Ford Collieries Company.)
Jose, Dr. J. F.
(ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ K ]
Kasha, Stanley, Jr.
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kelly, Dave
(Miner, Cager ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kelley, John G.
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kipp, Clair
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kipp, Jesse
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kirchner, Louis
(Miner, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married.);
(Lived in Bairdford Patch.)
Kochan, John
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kondrak, Albert
(Miner, ca.1948, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Kunka, Pete
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kurask, August
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Employed at the Ford Collieries since August, 1912.);
(Completed more than 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Kurstopic, John
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kurth, William
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ L ]
Lapinski, Mr.
(Miner, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married.);
(Lived in Bairdford Patch.)
Lapitsky, Zachery
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Lawton, Bill
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Leonard, Joseph
(American Miner, Snapper ca.1917, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Clavicle fractured between mine cars while coupling them, in the Berry Mine, Oct. 26, 1917.)
Leppie, Charles
(Slavonian Miner, Motorman ca.1916, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, married, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured.  Caught between mine motor and a rib on an entry, in the Benjamin Mine, Sept. 23, 1916.)
Levkanich, Platon
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Levkanich, Platon "Chick"
(Miner, Pay Roll Clerk ca.1948, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Gloria 'Jean" Leggett Levkanich.);
(Lived in New Kensington.) 
Lewetag, Ernie
(Miner, ca.1918, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Lewetag, Ernest John Jacob "Dutch"
(Miner, Dispatcher, for Ford Collieries Company, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Maggie Janet Scully Lewetag.);
(Lived in House No.1 in the Curtisville Patch.);
(b.1894- d.1953)
Lewetag, Walter
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Lewis, Henry
(Miner, Scraper ca.1930, Curtisville No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Born in West Virginia ca.1902.)
Lusk, A. J.
(Miner, Pumper ca.1945, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Retired ca.1945.)
[ M ]
Madresir, John
(Polish Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Injured.  Two ribs fractured and internally injured.  Caught between a mine car and the face of an entry, in the Berry Mine, May 28, 1917.)
Main, J. A.
(Greek Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 29, single.);
(Injured. Radius, styloid process, fractured.  Caught against side of place by empty mine car that he failed to block securely, in the Benjamin Mine, March 24, 1917.)
Makuta, John
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Malecki, Alex
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Mann, Carl
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
McCune, William
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
McKenna, Hugh
(Miner, ca.1936-1942, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
McVicker, R.
(Miner, ca.1918, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Merrell, Henry
(Miner, Lamp House ca.1945, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Metzler, George
(Miner, ca.1926, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Micklo, Nick
(Miner, Snapper ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Miller, Edmund
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Miller, Howard
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Miller, Mike
(Russian Miner, Runner ca.1914, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Injured.  Collar bone broken by being caught by a mine car on an entry, in the Francis Mine, June 22, 1914.)
Minite, Joseph
(Bohemian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1916, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Leg severely cut above the knee.  Caught between mine cars in a room, in the Benjamin Mine, Dec. 7, 1916.)
Montgomery, Mr.
(Miner, ca.1918, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Moore, Alfred
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Miner, Lamp House Attendent ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine].)
Morgan, Charles
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Morgan, Hugh
(Miner, ca.1918, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Morgan, William
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Mueller, Edward
(Miner, Loader ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Murray, Barney
(Miner, ca.1918, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Murray, Regis
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Mush, Thomas
(Polish Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 29, married.);
(Injured.  Shoulder dislocated.  He fell against a mine car while pushing it, in the Berry Mine, June 15, 1917.)
Myers , Don C.
(Miner, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.);
(Moved to Lardintown Mine when Ford colleries closed.)
[ N ]
Negley, Mr.
(Miner, Day Man ca.1948, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Neiderland, Stephen
(Miner, Loader ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Niemiec, Andy
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Nwranski, John
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ O ]
[ P ]
Panceroff, John
(Miner, ca.1950's, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Pawloski, John
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Peters, Phillip
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Pierwsza, Harry
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Pittman, John
(Miner, Snapper ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Pollock, A. R.
(General Superintendent, ca.1909, ca.1916, ca.1917, Ford Collieries Company, Cuttisville Mines, Berry Mine, Benjamin Mine, Francis Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Pollock, C. W.
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(General Superintendent, ca.1945, Ford Collieries Company.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Poluktof, John
(Russian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1916, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 34, married.);
(Injured.  Collar bone and rib fractured.Caught between mine car and a rib, in a room, in the Berry Mine, July 29, 1916.)
Primozic, Frank
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Pysh, Mika
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Pysh, Peter
(Miner, Loader ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
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Ramsey, John
(Miner, ca.1918, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Raynovich, Paul
(Miner, Loader ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Son of Theodore Raynovich.)
Raynovich, Theodore
(Miner, Loader ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Razdil, John
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Reekie, Jack
(Miner, Loader ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Remaley, Richard
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Richards, W. H.
(Scotch Miner, Scraper ca.1910, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 37, single.);
(Injured.  Lower jaw lacerated.  In placing a skid under the mining machine it slipped off and struck the lower jaw, cutting through into his mouth, and knocked out four teeth, in the Francis Mine, April 20, 1910.)
Rommes, Harvey
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
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Sabaki, Vincent
(Miner, ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Salamone, Joseph
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Schaffer, J. S.
(American Miner, Coal Loader ca.1914, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, married, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of roof 18 feet from the face, in the Benjamin Mine, Oct. 23, 1914.)
Schlacter, Jacob
(Austrian Miner, Blacksmith ca.1917, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 54, married.);
(Injured.  Little finger cut off while opewrating a planer.  Outside the Benjamin Mine, Aug. 27, 1917.)
Schmetzco, August
(Poliah Miner, Machine Miner ca.1916, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 37, single.);
(Injured. Shoulder blade fractured by falling against a mine car in a room, in the Benjamin Mine, Sept. 18, 1916.)
Schneider, August
(German Miner, Mine Foreman ca.1916, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 31, married.);
(Passed his examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1916, received his certificate ca.1916.)
(Injured. Leg fractured.  Caught between the bumpers of mine cars at the bottom of the mine shaft, in the Benjamin Mine, Dec. 1, 1916.)
Schwab, A. L.
(Miner, ca.1910, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Scrip, Frank
(Russian Miner, Miners Helper ca.1914, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a trip of mine cars on an entry, in the Francis Mine, July 1, 1914.)
Scully, James
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Sefton, Mrs. George
(Office Staff, Payroll Clerk, Ford Collieries Curtisville Office, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Sefton, Wilma
(Office Staff, Ford Collieries Curtisville Office, Curtisville No. 3 Mine [Berry Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Payroll Clerk ca.1942-1945.)
Semko, Mike
(Miner, Assistant Clerk ca.1948, Curtisville Office Ford Collieries, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Petronella Wascek Semko.);
(Lived in Curtisville No. 2 Patch.)
Shemela, Mike
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Shistaro, Peter
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1916, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed.  Caught between mine car and roof on an entry, in the Benjamin Mine, June 13, 1916.)
Shurina, Joe
(Miner, ca.1948, Curtisville No. 2 Mine [Francis Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Played on the Curtisville No. 2 Mine 1948 Baseball Team.)
Shurina, Johnny
(Miner, ca.1948, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Played on the Curtisville No. 2 Mine 1948 Baseball Team.)
Shurina, Mr.
(Miner, ca.1948, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Shurina, Steve
(Miner, ca.1948, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Played on the Curtisville No. 2 Mine 1948 Baseball Team.)
Simon, George
(Miner, Blacksmith ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Smith, Ed
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Smith, Eugene R.
(American Miner, Car Trimmer ca.1916, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Finger fractured.  Struck by a lump of coal, outside the Francis Mine, Sept. 18, 1916.)
Smith, Frank
(American Miner, Trip Runner ca.1917, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, married.);
(Injured.  Fibula fractured and leg otherwise injured between mine cars while coupling, in the Benjamin Mine, April 14, 1917.)
Spaik, Andy
(Slavonian Miner, Car Repairer ca.1916, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 49 married.);
(Injured.  Toes fractured by mine car wheel falling on them.  Outside the Benjamin Mine, Aug. 17, 1916.)
Stepp, Mr. "Dutch"
(Miner, Payroll Dept., Ford Collieries Office Curtisville, Allegheny Co., PA ca.1952.)
Stetz, John
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Stirling, Roy
(Miner, Maintenance ca.1951, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Stokum, Ralph
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Stuchle, Joe
(Bohemian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Injured.  Side sprained while pushing mine cars, in the Francis Mine, April 23, 1917.)
Stull, Ralph
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Suscovich, Joe
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Swaiko, Charles
(Miner, ca.1945, ca.1952, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, married.);
(Lived in Bairdford.)
Swaiko, Richard
(Miner, Loader ca.1952, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Son of Charles Swaiko.)
Szbella, Andy
(Russian Miner, Macihine Miner ca.1917, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Foot lacerated.  Run over by a machine truck.  He jumped off a mine car and fell under the truck, in the Francis Mine, April 23, 1917.)
Szmulik, Paul
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
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Thomas, W. D.
(Superintendent, ca.1916, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, for Ford Collieries Company, Curtisville, PA);
(Superintendent, ca.1917, of the Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, for Ford Collieries Company.);
(See also: Thomas, William.)
Thomas, William
(Superintendent, ca.1916, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, for Ford Collieries Company, Curtisville, PA);
(See also: Thomas, W. D.)
Thompson, Robert
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Troup, Frank
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
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Veri, Frank
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Vernell, Phillip
(American Miner, Trip Rider ca.1917, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Injured.  Two ribs fractured between a mine motor and a mine car at the empty track at the shaft bottom, in the Berry Mine, May 12, 1917.)
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Walkiewicz, Joseph
(Miner, Loader ca.1952, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA.)
Walkiewicz, Walter
(Miner, ca.1952, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Welling, William
(Miner, ca.1916, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Pased his examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1916, received his certificate ca.1916.)
Wilkosz, Anthony
(Miner, ca.1945, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Doris Moore Wilkosz.);
(They lived in Bairdford, PA.)
Woodapple, Bill
(Miner, ca.1918, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(A player on the Ford Collieries 1918 Baseball Team.)
Wosek, Michael P.
(Miner, ca.1945, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Completed 25 years of service at the Ford Collieries in 1945.)
Wyse, Harry H.
(Miner, ca.1917, Curtisville Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Passed his Examination for Fire Boss, ca.1917.  Received his Certificate ca.1917.)
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[ Y ]
Yavonisky, Frank
(Russian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Pinched index finger between tie and rail, which caused a felon, in the Berry Mine, April 23, 1917.)
Yenca, Joseph
(Slovak Miner, Berry Mine, [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Veronica Fotta Yenca, 2 children.);
(Lived in Bairdford Patch.);
(Killed.  Killed in a auto accident, ca.1953, while on his way to a factory job in Glenshaw.  This was after the Benjamin Mine worked out and closed.)
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Zalus, Paul, Sr.
(Miner, ca.1948, Francis Mine [Curtisville No. 2 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Zelinski, George
(Slavonian Miner, Trip Rider ca.1917, Benjamin Mine [Curtisville No. 1 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Pelvis fractured and contused.  Caught between a mine motor and a door, in the Benjamin Mine, Aug. 2, 1917.)
Zota, Lawrence
(Polish Miner, Machine Runner ca.1917, Berry Mine [Curtisville No. 3 Mine], Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32, married.);
(Injured. Ruptured while pushing an empty mine car into place, in the Berry Mine, Jan. 12, 1917.)
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Most of the names of the miners that worked the Curtisville Mines have been extracted from copies of the "Ford Lamp"  a magazine published by the Ford Collieries Company, Curtisville, PA.  A special thanks to Flo Lewetag Garvin for preserving these copies.  Also, to Ken Lewetag, from Oregon, for submitting the copies to us.

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