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Coal Miners Memorial
Laurel Hill No. 1  Mine,
Laurel Hill No. 4 Mine,
Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine,

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

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Laurel Hill 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. 30, 2009

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Laurel Hill Mines


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Laurel Hill Mines, McDonald, 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
LAUREL HILL MINES
[ A ]
Alten, John
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 64, married.);
(Killed.  Killed by being struck by the dilly trip on the main haulage road, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Mar. 26, 1898.)
Andrews, George
(Miner, Weigh Boss ca.1891, Laurel Hill No. 4 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Died on the 10th, at West Penn Hospital, of typhoid fever, George Andrews, aged 28 years. Deceased was weigh boss at Laurel Hill 4 mine, and belong to an old and well-known McDonald family. The interment was at the Hill.  [from the "McDonald Outlook," McDonald, PA, Feb. 13, 1897.].)
Armstrong, J. M.
(General Superintendent, ca.1917, Pittsburgh Coal Company, Laural Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ B ]
Baker, J. C.
(Superintendent, ca.1904, ca.1905, of the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA.)
Beaumariage, S. A.
(Superintendent, ca.1917, of the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA.)
Bock, Constant
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 49.);
(Injured.  Jaw bone broken and head injured by being kicked by a mule, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, May 2, 1892.)
Burns, Howard
(Superintendent, ca.1916, of the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company.)
[ C ]
Comenski, Mike
(Polish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1910, Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 34, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by coming in contact with electric wires while gathering tamping along the entry, in the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Jan. 20, 1910.)
Cook, R.
(Miner Boy, Mule Driver ca.1892, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 19.);
(Injured.  Leg hurt by coal cars passing over him, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, May 7, 1892.)
Cox, P. Y.
(Superintendent, ca.1903, of the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company.)
[ D ]
Dandof, Joe
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33, single.);
(Injured.  Thigh and nose broken by a fall of coal and slate, in the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Sept. 21, 1901.)
Delock, H.
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32.);
(Injured.  Back seviously injured by a fall of slate, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, July 30, 1892.)
[ E ]
[ F ]
Fereday, Benj.
(Superintendent, ca.1900, ca.1901, of the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA.)
Fereday, Charles
(Superintendent, ca.1900, ca.1901, of the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA.)
Fleming, James
(Miner Boy, Laborer ca.1892, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 16.);
(Injured.  Finger cut off by the dilly rope, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Oct. 10, 1892.)
[ G ]
Gibbs, Frank
(Polish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1903, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 51, married.);
(Injured.  Foot so severely injured by a fall of slate as to necessitate its amputation, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, July 15, 1903.)
Goff, John
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, single.);
(Injured.  Back slightly injured by a fall of slate, in the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, June 13, 1898.)
[ H ]
Hall, Thomas
(Superintendent, ca.1903, of the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Johnson, Samuel
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, Laurel Hill No. 4 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Laurel Hill No. 4 Mine, Aug. 8, 1892.)
[ K ]
Keefer, W. W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1903, ca.1904, ca.1905, Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA, Laurel Hill Mines, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Kelley, Edward
(American Miner, Weigh Master ca.1905, Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 45, married, 5 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by being caught between a railroad car and the box car loader house.  Outside the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, July 1, 1905.);
(July 1, Edward Kelly was killed in the Laurel Hill No. 5 mine.  He was crushed between the box car loader house and the railroad car.)
Kellyvitch, Mike
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 35, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of slate in his room;  he failed to set props to protect himself, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Oct. 27, 1900.)
[ L ]
[ M ]
Matkouski, Honey
(Polish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1903, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Leg bropken and back injured by a fall of slate in his room, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Feb. 10, 1903.)
McMullin, Archie
(Miner Boy, Pick Miner ca.1898, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 15.);
(Killed.  Killed by an explosion of gas, they both passed over a danger signal into an entry where a large feeder of gas was escaping;  having open lights with them, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, May 20, 1898.)
McMullin, Robert
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, married.);
(Killed.  Killed by an explosion of gas, they both passed over a danger signal into an entry where a large feeder of gas was escaping;  having open lights with them, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, May 20, 1898.)
Mickel, Chas.
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 45, married.);
(Injured.  Back and side injured by a fall of slate, which he should have pulled down, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, June 4, 1900.)
Miller, John
(Lithuanian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1910, Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 33, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Feb. 5, 1910.  He loaded a cut of coal without setting any posts under the slate.)
Morgan, Daniel
(Irish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 28, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate at the face of an entry;  he should have pulled the loose slate down, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Feb. 21, 1900.)
Mulbridge, William
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Willaim Mulbridge, miner, was killed by a fall of slate in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, on August 3, 1892.  This man in company with another miner was blasting and loading the coal, after it was under mined by the mining machine.  It was shown at the investigation that they both knew of the danger and had spoken to each other in regard to it, but the deceased either forgot himself, or carelessly went under the loose slate for some purpose, when it fell upon him, and his butty, when returning to the room after a few minutes' absence, found him.);
(Wm. Muldridge, while at work in Laurel Hill 1 mine, was instantly killed by a fall of slate. He was a single man and lived with his sister in Rend's Blocks. Had been in this country only a short time, having arrived from England on June 27, and was expecting to send for his mother and sister, who are in the old country when he met his death.   [from the "McDonald Outlook," McDonald, PA, August 6, 1892.])
Murray, Wm. C.
(Superintendent, Ca.1904, ca.1905, of the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company, Pittsburg, PA.)
[ N ]
[ O ]
O'Rourke, Matthew
(Miner, Hooker On ca.1898, Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married.);
(Injured.  Ribs broken;  he was squeezed between a mine car and the hoisting cage, at the bottom of the mine shaft, in the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Sept. 2, 1898.)
[ P ]
Putt, Paul
(French Miner Boy, Mule Driver ca.1892, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 15.);
(Killed.  Paul Putt, mule driver, was fatally injured in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine on May 7, 1892, and died the next day.  Was injured by being crushed between a coal car and a post which was set on the side of roadway leading into a room. No one saw the accident and it is rather uncertain how it occurred, but it is supposed that he was riding on the front end of the full mine car with his body partly projecting beyond the side, and he came in contact with the post with such violence as to cause death.);
(Last Saturday a 16-year-old son of Mr. Puzzi, a Frenchman living at Miller’s Crossing, was so badly injured in Laurel Hill mine by being caught between the dilly wagon and the wall of the mine that he died on Sunday. He was a driver in the mine. Interment at Arlington on Tuesday. [from the "McDonald Outlook," McDonald, PA, May, 1892.].);
(See also: Puzzi, Paul.)
Puzzi, Mr.
(French Miner, ca.1892, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, married.)
Puzzi, Paul
(See: Putt, Paul.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Rend, John
(Superintendent, ca.1892, of the Laurel Hill No. 1 & No. 4 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, for W. P. Rend & Company.)
[ S ]
Schluederberg, George W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1900, ca.1901, Pittsburg Coal Company, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
(General Superintendent, ca.1900, ca.1901, ca.1916, Pittsburgh Coal Company, Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine.)
[ T ]
Timlin, John
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1900, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, married, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Killed by being caught between an empty mine car and the side of an entry;  the mine car jumped the track, in the Laurle Hill No. 1 Mine, Sept. 1, 1900.)
Toath, John
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1907, Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(John Toath was killed at Laurel Hill Mine No. 5 Friday morning. He was engaged in cleaning out a steel gondola and was between the doors that open at the bottom of the cars, when the shifter pushed up some cars and knocked him down, killing him instantly. No one saw the accident, but the way he was lying when found indicates that this is the way he met his death.   [from the "McDonald Outlook," McDonald, PA, April 6, 1907.].)
Trionet, Elmont
(Belgian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 37, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a small piece of slate, about three pounds, falling on him and striking him on the base of the brain and spinal cord, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, June 16, 1903.  He died of paralysis June 24, 1903.)
[ U ]
[ V ]
Venter, Starn
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Head injured by a fall of slate, in the Laurel Hill No. 5 Mine, May 11, 1898.)
Verceuman, Desire
(Miner, ca.1900, Laurel Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, married.)
Verceuman, Gustave
(Miner Boy, Laurel Hill Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 17.);
(Killed.  By a fall of slate, in the Laurel Hill Mine., 1900.);
(Gustave Verceuman, aged 17 years and 10 months, son of Desire Verceuman, was instantly killed by a fall of slate at 2:** p.m. Wednesday, while at work with his father in the Laurel Hill Mine. [From the "McDonald Outlook," McDonald, PA, May 26, 1900.].)
Vircumins, Mr.
(Belgian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, married.);
(Father of Victor Virceumins, who was killed in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, May 23, 1900.)
Vircumins, Victor
(Belgian Miner Boy, Miner Boy ca.1900, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of slate in a room; the father of the boy was to blame for permitting his son to work under loose slate, which should have been taken down, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, May 23, 1900.)
[ W ]
Weskemper, John
(Miner Boy, Coal Loader ca.1892, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 19.);
(Injured.  Three ribs broken by a fall of slate, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, April 8, 1892.)
Williams, D. S.
(Superintendent, ca.1898, of the Laurel Hill No. 1, No. 2 No. 4 & No. 5 Mines, Allegheny Co., PA, for Pittsburg & Western Coal & Coke Company.)
Woolridge, William
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of slate, in the Laurel Hill No. 1 Mine, Aug. 3, 1892.)
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