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Coal Miners Memorial
First Pool No. 1 Mine,
First Pool No. 2 Mine,
First Pool No. 3 Mine,

 Wilcock,
Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the First Pool 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. 29, 2009

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
First Pool No. 1, No. 2 & No. 3 Mines


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the First Pool No. 1 Mine, First Pool No. 2 Mine & First Pool No. 3 Mine, Wilcock, 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
FIRST POOL NO. 1 , NO. 2 & NO. 3 MINES
[ A ]
Armstrong, J. M.
(General Superintendent, ca.1917, Pittsburgh Coal Company, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Albertine, Alberto
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 47, married, 5 children.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of slate; he was removing the back props in pillar workings and failed to set sufficient posts to secure a safe was of retreat, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Feb. 16, 1900.)
[ B ]
Ballerine, Lewi
(Italian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 60, single.);
(Injured.  Both legs broken by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Feb. 9, 1906.)
Beachaj, John
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of slate in his room;  he was working under a small piece of loose slate that he should have taken down, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Nov. 25, 1901.)
Boudors, Jos.
(Russian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 34, married, 5 children.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of slate in his room;  the slate was encircled by a free natural slip and he failed to set props under it, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Feb. 15, 1900.)
Boyle, Barney
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken and back injured by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, July 23, 1901.)
Broder, Peter
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 39, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of roof coal, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, July 21, 1903.)
Burkhart, Charles
(American Miner Boy, Door Boy ca.1904, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 17, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed.  Crushed between a mine car and an entry pillar, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, March 2, 1904.)
[ C ]
Caplina, John
(Finnish Miner Boy, Coal Loader ca.1905, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 19, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, June 20, 1905.)
Cassigo, Steve
(Austrian Miner, Machine Loader ca.1904, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, June 16, 1904.)
Cekosky, Mike
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, single.);
(Injured.  Back and leg injured by afall of slate, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, Nov. 26, 1901.)
Conner, David
(American Miner, Company Man ca,1904, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married.);
(Injured.   Right leg broken.  Struck by the mine car haulage rope, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, Dec. 6, 1904.)
[ D ]
Datdz, Philip
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, First Pool Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33.);
(Injured.  Received a concussion of the brain.  His arm became entangled in the belting of the machinery outside the mine, Outside the First Pool Mine, Oct. 25, 1892.)
Dixon, Charlton
(Superintendent, ca.1900, of the First Pool No. 1 & No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company.)
Dixon, Matthew
(Superintendent, ca.1901, of the First Pool No. 1 & No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company.)
Dolfi, Seni
(Italian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1905, First No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Foot injured by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Jan. 5, 1905.)
[ E ]
[ F ]
Fortuna, Jacob
(Austrian Miner Boy, Machine Scraper ca.1904, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 17, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, Feb. 17, 1904.)
[ G ]
Gabrel, Andy
(Hungarian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Oct. 12, 1906.)
Gregor, Frank
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of coal and slate, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, July 20, 1904)
Grubbs, Wm.
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 38, married.);
(Killed.  Killed by falling into the ventilating fan while trying to set it in motion, outside the First Poll No. 1 Mine, March 10, 1898.)
[ H ]
Hargaden, Theodore
(German Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 51, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Killed by the fall of roof coal, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, Nov. 25, 1904.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Jainice, John
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of roof coal,  in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, March 16, 1904.)
Junsik, T.
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, First Poll Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the First Pool Mine, March 23, 1892.)
[ K ]
Kalhan, Louis
(Hungarian Miner, Machine Loader ca.1903, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of coal, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, Jan. 13, 1903.);
(At First Pool No. 2 Mine, January 19, Louis Kalhan, loader, was fatally injured by a fall of coal.  He was shoveling loose coal while  his partner was drilling a hole to blast down the coal which had been undermined by a mining machine, when the coal suddenly fell upon him.  This acident resulted from not setting sprags under the coal.)
Keefer, W.W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1903, ca.1904, ca.1905, Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA, First Pool No. 1, No. 2 & No. 3 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kilcewski, Stants
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, single.);
(Injured.  Back injured by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, Aug. 8, 1901.)
Knodler, Jacob
(See: Knoedler, Jacob.)
Knoedler, Jacob
(Superintendent, ca.1903, ca.1904, ca.1905, of the First Pool No. 1, No. 2 & No. 3 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA.);
(See also: Knodler, Jacob.)
[ L ]
Laughlin, Edward D.
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1912, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 53, married, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of rock roof while getting roof coal upon a fall near his working place, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, May 11, 1912.)
[ M ]
McGlosky, Wm.
(Hungarian Miner Boy, Machine Helper ca.1901, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 19, single.);
(Injured.  Thigh injured by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, Aug. 8, 1901.)
Morans, Mike
(Slavonian Miner, Machine Loader ca.1903, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 28, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken and eye injured by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, July 14, 1903.)
[ N ]
Nattuck, Joseph
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Legbroken by a fall of slate while he was drawing out mine props, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Dec. 29, 1900.)
Nowak, Staney
(Polish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of slte, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, Nov. 9, 1906.)
[ O ]
[ P ]
Peach, Charles
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 58, married.);
(Injured.  Thigh Broken and head injured by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, May 22, 1901.);
(Father-in-law of Peter Eisenbarth, who was killed in the Becks Run Mine ca.1905.)
Phillips, Forman
(Russian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 60, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broke by a fall of slate in his room;  he neglected to set props, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, May 14, 1900.)
Pudusk, Andrew
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 37, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of roof coal, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Sept. 27, 1904.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Richards, Daniel
(Scotch Miner, Mule Driver ca.1905, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 34, married.);
(Injured.  Arm broken, by being run over by an empty mine car, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Sept. 8, 1905.)
Robbins, F. L.
(Superintendent, General Manager ca.1892, of the First Pool Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for F. P. M. Gas Coal Company.)
[ S ]
Sabone, Louis
(Hungarian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 29, married.);
(Injured.   Leg fractured and one rib broken by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Sept. 14, 1906.)
Schliker, Frank
(American Miner Boy, Switch Boy ca.1906, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 14, single.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly. Run over by a loaded mine car, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Feb. 17, 1906.)
Schluederberg, George W.
(Superintendent, ca.1898, of the First Pool Nos. 1, 2 & 3 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, for First Pool Mon. Gas Coal Company.);
(General Superintendent, ca.1900, ca.1901, ca.1912, ca.1916, Pittsburgh Coal Company, First Pool Nos. 1, 2 & 3 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Scovic, Frank
(Polish Miner, Machine Scraper ca.1904, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Thumb cut off.  Struck by a piece of falling coal, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Nov. 9, 1904.)
Smith, Matthew
(American Miner, Company Man ca.1916, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal at the face of the working place, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, Feb. 25, 1916.)
Stablint, Chas.
(Croatian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, single.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of slate in his room;  he was setting a prop under the loose slate when it fell upon him, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Nov. 5, 1900.)
Sterbenz, Joe
(German Miner, Coal Loader ca.1912, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of slate at the face of his working place, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, May 7, 1912.)
Steumce, F.
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1900, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Back and pelvic bone injured by coming in collision with another trip;  flagan gave the wrong signal, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Oct. 17, 1900.)
Swardaski, Paul
(Polish Miner, Machine Loader ca.1903, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of a horse-back, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Sept. 22, 1903.)
[ T ]
Thompson, H. D.
(Superintendent, ca.1916, ca.1917, of the First Pool Nos. 1 & 2 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company.);
(See also: Thomson, H. D.)
Thomson, H. D.
(Superintendent, ca.1912, of the First Pool No. 1, No. 2 & No. 3 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA.);
(See also: Thompson, H. D.)
[ U ]
[ V ]
Verinski, George
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 26, married.);
(Injured.  Bruised about the back and hips by a fall of slate, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, May 14, 1901.)
[ W ]
Wagner, Joseph
(German Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, First Pool No. 2 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 53, married, 7 children.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of coal, in the First Pool No. 2 Mine, Aug. 22, 1904.)
Williams, Harvey
(American Miner, Company Man ca.1912, Forst Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by falling from a ladder in the blacksmith shop.  He was going up the ladder to get a shovel from the loft when the ladder broke.  Outside the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Dec. 3, 1912.)
[ X ]
[ Y ]
Youch, John
(German Miner, Laborer ca.1906, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 54, married.);
(Injured.  Three ribs broken by falling on T-iron rail, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, Feb. 19, 1906.)
[ Z ]
Zinirdy, Peter
(Italian Miner, ca.1903, First Pool No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 43, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of a horse-back, in the First Pool No. 1 Mine, May 4, 1903.);
(Peter Zinirdy, miner, while at work in his room at First Pool No. 1 Mine, May 4, was fatally injured by a fall of horse back while loading a car of coal.  The place where this fatality occurred was near the road head, the roof members at this point were much distrurbed by slips, consequently required very careful attention.)
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