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Coal Miners Memorial
Forrest Hill Mine
(Forest Hill Mine),

Smithdale,
Elizabeth Twp.,
Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Sept. 13, 2010

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Forest Hill Mine


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Forest Hill Mine, Smithdale, Elizabeth 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
FOREST HILL MINE
[ A ]
Ashman, Alfred
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 34, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Killed by loose debris falling upon him while working in a ditch, in the Forest Hill Mine, Oct. 20, 1892.)
Augustine, A. A.
(General Superintendent, ca.1901, ca.1905, James W. Ellsworth & Company, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(See also: Augustus, A. A.)
Augustus, A. A.
(General Superintendent, ca.1900, James W. Ellsworth & Company, Forrest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(See also: Augustine, A. A.)
[ B ]
Barer, John
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 28, married.);
(Injured.  Eye injured.  Struck by a pick, in the Forest Hill Mine, Dec. 15, 1905.)
Batley, William
(English Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of slate, in the Forest Hill Mine, Feb. 23, 1900.)
Begatta, Chris
(Italian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1910, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Skull fractured.  Kicked by a mule.  Outside the Forest Hill Mine, Jan. 19, 1910.)
Bell, Andrew
(English Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured. Leg and two ribs broken by a fall of coal and slate, in the Forest Hill Mine, Jan. 8, 1904.)
Bogjia, Joseph
(Hungarian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1912, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 47, maried, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Killed by coming in contact with a trolley wire on the main haulage road, 600 volts, in the Forest Hill Mine, Aug. 19, 1912.)
[ C ]
Chobon, Nick
(Austrian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1917, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 29, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured and toes severely injured by a mine car in a room, in the Forest Hill Mine, June 29, 1917.)
Crosser, John
(Scotch Miner, Motorman ca.1910, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32, married.);
(Injured.  Arm broken.  He was taking a trip into the mine and observing a small fall on the road he applied the brake.  As the motor struck the fall the brake flew off and struck him on the arm, in the Forest Hill Mine, Sept. 3, 1910.)
[ D ]
Dinehick, John
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1905, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Forest Hill Mine, July 29, 1905.)
Donn, George
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a loaded mine wagon at a room face, in the Forest Hill Mine, April 18, 1903.)
[ E ]
[ F ]
Fetkenhour, C. E.
(Superintendent, ca.1916, of the Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company.)
Futchock, John
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Leg bruised by a fall of slate, in the Forest Hill Mine, Oct. 23, 1903.)
[ G ]
Gerinsky, Albert
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1909, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 51, single.);
(Injured.  Leg Broken.  Caught between two mine cars on the main haulage, in the Forest Hill Mine, Dec. 8, 1909.)
Gerry, Emil
(Superintendent, ca.1909, of the Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company.)
Geyrish, James
(Hungarian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1908, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Back injured by a fall of slate at th eface of a room, in the Forest Hill Mine, Oct. 9, 1908.)
[ H ]
Henderson, James
(Superintendent, ca.1901, ca.1905, of the Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for James W. Ellsworth & Company.)
Honcharish, John
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1908, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Neck and hand burned by coming in contact with an electric wire, in the Forest Hill Mine, Oct. 14, 1908.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Jupy, John
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Aug. 1, 1901.)
[ K ]
Kamitz, John
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1907, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Hands and leg burned by an explosion of black powder on the main entry while preparing a charge, in the Forest Hill Mine, Sept. 20, 1907.  It is supposed a spark from his lamp ignited the black powder.)
Kerrill, Mike
(Slavonian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1909, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, married.);
(Injured.  Finger broken on an entry.  While setting a brake a piece of coal fell off the mine car and caught his hand, in the Forest Hill Mine, June 15, 1909.)
Killgren, Hugo
(Swedish Miner, Machine Helper ca.1900, Forrest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Lag badly cut by a fall of coal, in the Forrest Hill Mine, July 19, 1900.)
Koeber, John
(German Miner, Pick Miner ca.1914, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 62, single.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of roof at the face of a pillar.  He was on the gob getting some loose coal off the back side of the pillar when the roof fell and caught him, in the Forest Hill Mine, Dec. 24, 1914.)
Kolupa, George
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1910, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of roof on pillar work while loading a mine car, in the Forest Hill Mine, July 29, 1910.)
[ L ]
Labie, Andy
(Austrian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of coal at the face of an entry while shearing the coal, in the Forest Hill Mine, Oct. 17, 1917.)
Leggin, Mike
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1910, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married.);
(Injured.  Foot injured by a fall of coal at the face of a room, in the Forest Hill Mine, Aug. 14, 1910.)
Lewis, D. E.
(Superintendent, ca.1892, of the Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for James W. Ellsworth & Company.)
Liskey, Andy
(German Miner, Laborer ca.1916, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 66, married.);
(Injured.  Leg and several ribs broken and injured internally by a mine car at an entrance to a room, in the Forest Hill Mine, June 10, 1916.  The front mine car of the driver's trip turned into the room where he was sitting and caught him between the mine car and a pillar.)
Lukoch, John
(Hungarian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1909, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 38, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Forest Hill Mine, Dec. 9, 1909.)
[ M ]
Malcomson, Hugo
(Swedish Miner, Cutter ca.1904, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by the machine slipping off the track on him, in the Forest Hill Mine, June 7, 1904.)
Mori, Otalo
(Italian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1914, Forrest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 29, married.);
(Injured.  Jaw bone broken.  Kicked by a mule while in the act of picking up the tail chain on an entry, in the Forrest Hill Mine, Dec. 7, 1914.)
Muffler, John
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 49, married.);
(Injured.  Arm broken by a fall of coal, in the Forrest Hill Mine, May 16, 1900.)
[ N ]
[ O ]
[ P ]
Parkovis, John
(Hungarian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1907, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate as he knocked a mine post from under the slate at the face of a room, in the Forest Hill Mine, May 27, 1907.)
Pup, Frank
(Hungarian Miner, PickMiner ca.1900, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Arm broken and ribs crushed by a fall of slate, in the Forest Hill Mine, Feb. 5, 1900.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Rabar, Steve
(American Miner Boy, Coal Loader ca.1906, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 17, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed.  Run over by a motor trip, in the Forest Hill Mine, Feb. 13, 1906.)
Randall, Joseph
(English Miner, Pumper ca.1909, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 57, married.);
(Injured.  Arm broken.  He was going from one pump to another when he slipped and fell on some ice.  Outside the Forest Hill Mine, Dec. 12, 1909.)
Robinson, Murray F.
(American Miner Boy, Trapper Boy, Door Boy ca.1905, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 14, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed;  run over by an electric locomotive, in the Forest Hill Mine, Dec. 15, 1905.);
(December 15, Murray F. Robinson, a door boy, was instantly killed in Forest Hill Mine by being run over by an electric locomotive.  It is not known whether he fell from the motor or whether he was getting off for the purpose of turniing a switch that the motor was approaching.)
Rollins, Sam
(American Miner, Machine Scraper ca.1917, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 28, married.);
(Injured.  Compound fracture of leg below the knee by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Forest Hill Mine, Dec. 6, 1917.)
Romanelli, Peter
(Italian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1916, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32, married.);
(Injured.  Ankle fractured by a fal of roof at the face of an entry, in the Forest Hill Mine, Feb. 1, 1916.)
Rusnick, Andy
(Russian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1910, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 34, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by coming in contact with a 500 volt trolley wire on an entry, while making an attempt to get in a mine car, in the Forest Hill Mine, June 18, 1910.)
[ S ]
Sandin, Edward A.
(Swedish Miner Boy, Coal Loader ca.1910, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 14, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of coal at the face of a room while working with his father, in the Forest Hill Mine, Jan. 14, 1910.)
Sandin, Mr.
(Swedish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1910, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, married.);
(Father of Edward A. Sandin, who was injured in the Forest Hill Mine, Jan. 14, 1910.)
Sandine, Edward
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Forrest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Forrest Hill Mine, May 15, 1901.)
Schluederberg, G. W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1909, ca.1912, ca.1916, Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Shaw, Charles
(American Miner, Laborer ca.1900, Forrest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by mine wagons running on it, in the Forrest Hill Mine, Dec. 1, 1900.)
Skevern, John
(Austrian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of coal at the face of an entry, in the Forest Hill Mine, Sept. 4, 1917.)
Skovern, John
(Austrian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1916, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32, married.);
(Injured.  Bone in hand broken.  While helping to push a machine truck on an entry the skid rail turned over and caught his hand, in the Forest Hill Mine, June 17, 1916.)
Smith, Matthew
(English Miner, Machine Helper ca.1900, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 29, married.);
(Injured.  Leg badly bruised by a mining machine, in the Forest Hill Mine, May 15, 1900.)
Smith, R. C.
(Superintendent, ca.1912, of teh Forrest Hill Mine Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA.)
Stankowitch, Steve
(Hungarian Miner Boy, Car Cleaner ca.1910, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Injured.  Part of hand cut off by railroad car near the tipple.  He was under the car preparing it to be loaded, when a train came along and, without any warning, put more cars in on the side track, bumping the railroad car he was under.  Outside the Forest Hill Mine, Oct. 3, 1910.)
[ T ]
Tomecha, John
(Austrian Miner, Machine Runner ca.1916, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32, married, 4 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of roof at the face of an entry, in the Forest Hill Mine, Feb. 1, 1916.  Died two hours later.)
Tursky, Andy
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1909, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Killed. Killed instantly by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Forest Hill Mine, June 24, 1909.)
[ U ]
[ V ]
[ W ]
Washko, John
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age  32, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal in his room, in the Forest Hill Mine, Nov. 24, 1903.)
Watson, Robert
(Miner, Mine Foreman ca.1898, Forrest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Superintendent, ca.1898, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Jas. Ellsworth & Company.);
(Superintendent, ca.1900, of the Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Jas. Ellsworth & Company,);
[ X ]
[ Y ]
Yoblonsky, John
(Slavonian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1909, Forest Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 43, married, 7 children.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by coming in contact with an electric wire (500 Volts).  He was on his way into the mine, and in trying to get into a mine car his head came in contact with the trolley wire, in the Forest Hill Mine, Aug. 10, 1909.)
[ Z ]
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