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Coal Miners Memorial
Ella Mine,

Sunny Side,
Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Aug. 16, 2010

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Ella Mine


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Ella Mine, Sunny Side, Allegheny Co. / Westmoreland Co., PA.  Ella Mine was located on the border between the Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. It was sometimes listed in Allegheny County and sometimes listed in Westmoreland County.   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
ELLA  MINE
[ A ]
[ B ]
Bainbridge, William
(Superintendent, ca.1903, ca.1904, of the Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for United Coal Company.)
Bedner, Stephen
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, Aug. 3, 2007.)
Blitz, Quinto
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1916, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married.);
(Injured.  Back broken by a fall of slate on the main haulage road while riding out of the mine, in the Ella Mine, Aug. 9, 1916.)
Blowety, John
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1908, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 50, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Ella Mine, Sept. 16, 1908.)
Bonelli, August
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1916, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Killed. Killed by a fall of roof at the face of a rib while drawing mine timbers, in the Ella Mine, Nov. 20, 1916.)
Bordercheck, John
(Austrian Miner, Machine Runner ca.1916, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 39, married.);
(Injured.  Arm fractured by falling while blocking up machine at the face of a room, in the Ella Mine, April 27, 1916.)
Bowalox, Andrew
(Miner, Mule Driver ca.1898, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, married.);
(Injured.  Three ribs broken and head hurt by being caught between mine cars and a coal pillar, in the Ella Mine, Mar. 10, 1898.)
Bramas, Isaac
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 26, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of coal & Slate, in the Ella Mine, Dec. 11, 1906.)
Bretzes, Peter
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1916, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Two small bones in foot fractured by a fall of slate at the face of the working place, in the Ella Mine, Sept. 23, 1916.)
Bushic, Mr.
(Miner, ca.1902, Ella Mines, Allegheny Co., PA. [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home records.].)
[ C ]
Coulson, W. L.
(General Superintendent, ca.1903, ca.1904, ca.1905, United Coal Company, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Coxe, Edw. H.
(General Superintendent, ca.1916, United Coal Corporation, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ D ]
Draw, Washington
(Slav. Miner, Machine Runner ca.1900, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, single.);
(Injured.  Leg injured;  run over by the mining machine, in the Ella Mine, July 16, 1900.)
[ E ]
Edmundson, Mathew
(Miner, ca.1895, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 50.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, June 25, 1895.);
(Lived in Daggs Hollow, PA.  Interred in Gilmore Cemetery. [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home records.].)
Elliott, Charles
(Superintendent, ca.1916, of the Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for United Coal Corp.);
(American Miner, Superintendent ca.1916, of the Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 48, married, 3 children.);
(Killed. Fatally injured. Caught between a trip of empty mine cars and a rib in the front hill tunnel, in the Ella Mine, Jan. 19, 1916.  Died two hours later.)
Evans, Charles
(Miner, Mule Driver ca.1898, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by running into a mine car, in the Ella Mine, Mar. 5, 1898.)
[ F ]
Fritz, John
(Slav. Miner, Coal Loader ca.1900, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Face burned;  explosion of fire-damp, in the Ella Mine, May 26, 1900.)
[ G ]
Gausick, Andrew
(Miner, Coal Loader ca.1898, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 45, single.);
(Injured.  Toes injured by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, Feb. 24, 1898.)
Gillingham, Charlie
(Miner, Blacksmith ca.1900, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Gorech, Andrew
(German Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 43, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, Oct. 29, 1901.)
Grossis, Frank
(Lithuanian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1905, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 45, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken and back injured by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mne, July 28, 1905.)
[ H ]
Hatfield, Frank
(American Miner, Machine Runner ca.1900, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Leg injured by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, April 27, 1900.)
Hepner, Frank
(Miner, ca.1900. Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Holda, Steve
(Slavonian Miner, Machine Loader ca.1904, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured.  Two ribs broken by a fall of coal, in the Ella Mine, Aug. 27, 1904.)
Hoss, George
(American Miner, Electrician ca.1914, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32, single.);
(Injured.  Foot crushed by gear of drum on haulage engine.  Three toes had to be amputated.  Outside the Ella Mine, Jan. 19, 1914.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Jerrett, Steve
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1908, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of slate at the face of a room while taking down coal, in the Ella Mine, May 9, 1908.  Died May 11, 1908.)
[ K ]
Keeter, Alex
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32, married.);
(Injured.  Leg and arm broken by a fall of coal, in the Ella Mine, Feb. 4, 1906.)
Kellen, Metro
(Russian Miner, Water Hauler ca.1906, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 39, married, 4 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by being caught between a water car and an entry pillar, in the Ella Mine, June 13, 1906.)
Kelly, John, Jr.
(American Miner Boy, Mule Driver ca.1908, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 17, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally ionjured by a mine motor as he was standing in the entrance to a butt entry, in the Ella Mine, Feb. 7, 1908.  Died April 4, 1908.)
Kinder, John
(Lithuanian Miner, Machineman ca.1905, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, July 14, 1905.)
Klumich, Joe
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1908, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Ella Mine, May 12, 1908.  Died a few hours later.)
[ L ]
Lazoski, Michael
(Russian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of slate, under ewhich he was working without it being properly supported, in the Ella Mine, Oct. 7, 1905.  The accident was due to carelessness on the part of the deceased.)
Little, James
(American Miner, Machine Runner ca.1903, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 26, married.);
(Injured.  Leg injured by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, Nov. 6, 1903.)
Luss, John
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured. Leg broken in two places by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, Nov. 28, 1904.)
[ M ]
Magoon, George A.
(General Superintendent, ca.1900, Ella Coal Company, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Maloneck, Michael
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of slate, while loding a mine car, in the Ella Mine, April 18, 1905.  From the appearance of the place where he was woking, it seems that no care was excercised whatsoever as to safety )
Manda, Peter
(Miner, Coal Loader ca.1898, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 45, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, April 30, 1898.)
Marker, George
(American Miner, Coal Loader ca.1914, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 34, married, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured at the face of his working place by a fall of coal, in the Ella Mine, Dec. 31, 1914.  Died January 4, 1915.)
McFarlane, Robert
(Superintendent, ca.1916, of the Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for United Coal Corp.)
McMahon, William
(Miner, ca.1894, Ella Coal Company, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Injured.  His miners lamp caught his straw hat and hair on fire, in the Ella Mine, Nov. 3, 1894.  [from "The Connellsville Courier," Connellsville, PA, Nov. 9, 1894.].)
Mitz, Samuel
(American Miner Boy, ca.1904, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, May 24, 1904.)
Molasie, Irwin
(American Miner, Machine Runner ca.1900, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 34, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, Dec. 6, 1900.)
Murphy, William
(English Miner Boy, Pick Miner ca.1908, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate on pillar work, in the Ella Mine, Sept. 19, 1908.)
[ N ]
[ O ]
O'Neil, James D.
(General Superintendent, ca.1906, United Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Olson, John
(Hungarian Miner, Machineman ca.1905, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, married.);
(Injured.  Thumb broken, ankle sprained and head injured by a fall of roof, in the Ella Mine, April 6, 1905.)
Oran, Steve
(Slavonian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1903, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken; caught by mine cars, in the Ella Mine, Oct. 15, 1903.)
[ P ]
Pekula, Steve.
(Russian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1910, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 28, married.);
(Injured.  Right foot and left side injured by a fall of slate at the face of a pillar, in the Ella Mine, Sept. 24, 1910.)
Phillips, D. W
(Superintendent, ca.1905, ca.1906, of the Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for United Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA.)
Prurner, Morris
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, single.);
(Injured.  Compound fracture of the hip and injured internally by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, Nov. 3, 1906.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Riegter, Egnaty
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1907, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken and crushed by a fall of slate at the face of a room, while knocking a post from under the slate, in the Ella Mine, June 21, 1907.)
Roberts, Andrew
(Miner, Machine Man ca.1898, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, single.);
(Injured.  Leg injured by being cut by a mining machine, in the Ella Mine, May 13, 1898.)
Roberts, John V.
(Miner, ca.1902, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Ella Mine, Oct. 25, 1902.);
(Lived at Ella Mines, PA.  Interred in the Belle Vernon Cemtery. [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home records.].)
Rouse, John
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal & slate, in the Ella Mine, March 5, 1901.)
[ S ]
Schultz, Martin
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Ella Mine Allegheny Co., PA, Age 37, married, 5 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by being run over by a dilly trip, in the Ella Mine, March 1, 1906.)
Sesanko, Alexander
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1908, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Pelvis injured by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Ella Mine, June 15, 1908.)
Slackwich, Alex
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a piece of slate, in the Ella Mine, Nov. 16, 1904.)
Slota, Emelian
(See: Slotta, Milian.)
Slotta, Milian
(Russian Miner Boy, Coal Loader ca.1907, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 19, single.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of slate at the face of a room.  He was taking the slack from under the but to allow the coal to fall, when the coal and slate rolled over and caught him, in the Ella Mine, Aug. 31, 1907.);
(Lived at Coal Company House No. 23, Ella Mines, PA.  Interred at the Charleroi Cemetery.  [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home records.].);
(See also: Slota, Emelian.)
Smith, Peter
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1905, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32, single.);
(Injured.  Head and finger injured by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, May 8, 1905.)
Socanko, John
(Slav. Miner, Coal Loader ca.1900, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, single.);
(Injured.  Collar bone broken by a fall of coal, in the Ella Mine, May 9, 1900.)
Speakman, A. E.
(Superintendent, ca.1898, ca.1900, of the Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Ella Coal Company.)
Strictland, Thomas
(American Miner, Company Man Pumper ca.1903, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 50, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed;  caught in the gearing of an electric mine pump, in the Ella Mine, March 24, 1903.);
(Thomas Strictland, pumper, employed at the Ella Mine, was killed March 24, by being caught in the gearing of an electric pump.  It is not definitely known how the accident occurred, as there was no evidence to show what the deceased was doing at the time of the accident, but it seems his clothing caught in the cog wheels, dragging him into the moving machinery, where his body was found.)
[ T ]
Teloric, Michael
(Miner, ca.1905, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Ella Mine, April 18, 1905.);
(Interred in Donora Cemetery. [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home records.].)
[ U ]
[ V ]
Velaek, Steve
(Austrian Miner, Machine Loader ca.1904, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 26, single.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, Feb. 9, 1904.)
Veneskie, George
(Austrian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1905, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured.  Finger injured by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, July 7, 1905.)
Vosilsko, Michael
(Miner, Coal Loader ca.1898, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Leg injured by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, May 7, 1898.)
[ W ]
Wadick, Mike
(Russian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal, in the Ella Mine, Oct. 6, 1906.)
West, W. E.
(American Miner, Laborer ca.1907, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 62, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken between two empty mine cars on the coal tipple.  Outside the Ella Mine, May 24, 1907.)
White, Mr.
(Miner, ca.1908, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.  [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home Records.].)
Wilson, Andrew
(American Miner, Coal Loader ca.1905, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Injured.  Shoulder and leg injured by a fall of slate, in the Ella Mine, June 1, 1905.)
[ X ]
[ Y ]
Yosko, George
(Russian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1916, Ella Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 31, married, 3 children.);
(Killed. Fatally injured by a blast at the face of a room, in the Ella Mine, Sept. 8, 1916. Died eleven hours later.)
[ Z ]

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