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Coal Miners Memorial
Sandy Creek Mine,

White Ash,
Wilkinsburg,
Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Nov. 20, 2008

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Sandy Creek Mine


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Sandy Creek Mine, White Ash, Wilkinsburg, 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
SANDY CREEK MINE
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Baker, Wm.
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by being caught between mine wagons while riding on them, in the Sandy Creek Mine, Dec. 3, 1898.)
Berg, Chas. Fred'k.
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Killed.  Was killed by a fall of 'slate' while he was engaged knocking down coal in his room.  His skull was fractured.  The accident was the result of the victim's own carelessness, in the Sandy Creek Mine, April 8, 1901.)
Bettermie, Michael
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 36, married.);
(Injured.  Left leg and right arm were broken by a fall of roof slate, in the Snady Creek Mine, Sept. 17, 1901.)
[ C ]
Corbett, Joseph
(Miner, Mining Boss ca.1892, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for New York & Cleveland Gas Coal Company, Wilkinsburg, PA.);
(Miner, Mine Foreman ca.1898, ca.1899, Sandy Creek Drift Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Corbett, Joseph
(American Miner Boy,Trapper Boy ca.1904, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 16, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured.  Caught between mine cars, outside the Sandy Creek Mine, Jan. 27, 1904.)
[ D ]
DeArmit, T. B.
(General Superintendent, ca.1900, New York & Cleveland Gas Coal Company, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
Depavis, Tony
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 39, single.);
(Injured.  Both legs broken above the knee by a fall of slate, in the Sandy Creek Mine, Oct. 26, 1898.)
Dunning, Hugh
(General Superintendent, ca.1904, ca.1905, ca.1906, New York & Cleveland Gas Coal Company, Wilkinsburg, PA, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
(Superintendent, ca.1913, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for New York & Cleveland Gas Coal Company.)
[ E ]
[ F ]
Fisher, William
(Superintendent, ca.1889, ca.1892, ca.1898, ca.1900, ca.1901, ca.1904, ca.1905, ca.1906, of the Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for New York & Cleveland Gas Coal Company, Wilkinsburg, PA.)
[ G ]
[ H ]
Holder, Samuel
(Miner Boy, Pick Miner ca.1898, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 18.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Sandy Creek Mine, Jan. 5, 1898.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Johnston, Richard B.
(Miner, Fireman ca.1892, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 42, married, 4 children.);
(Killed.  John Shaffer and Richard Johnston were smothered in the tunnel as they were hauling a trip of coal out with the locomotive.  This was their last trip for the evening, and Mr. Fisher, the superintendent, stated that it was their custom to leave the fire go down low about the last trip so as to make it easy for  them to take it out;  they had only got into the tunnel about one-eight of a mile when they stuck on a small grade; here it was supposed that they commenced to throw fresh coal on the fire and the smoke and carbonic oxide from the fire smothered them, in the Sandy Creek Mine, Oct. 6, 1892.  Why they did not cut loose from the trip and go out no one was able to answer; they had been on the locomotive for years and should have known better than to have remained in the smoke.)
[ K ]
[ L ]
[ M ]
Marcherelli, Cobsalvidore
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 52, married.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of slate in his room, in the Sandy Creek Mine, Dec. 31, 1906.)
McDonough, Neil
(Irish Miner, Outside laborer ca.1905, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 73, married.);
(Injured.  Collar bone broken, rib dislocated and otherwise bruised.  Struck by a mine car at the bottom of incline.  Outside the Sandy Creek Mine, March 10, 1905.)
[ N ]
[ O ]
Oddis, Vinchenzo
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1907, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 32, married.);
(Injured.  Several Ribs broken and lung punctured by a fall of slate on pillar work, in the Sandy Creek Mine, July 13, 1907.)
[ P ]
Pietro, Gasprini
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate on pillar work, in the Sandy Creek Mine, Oct. 5, 1906.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
[ S ]
Shaffer, John G.
(Miner, Engineer ca.1892, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 58, married.);
(Killed.  John Shaffer and Richard Johnston were smothered in the tunnel as they were hauling a trip of coal out with the locomotive.  This was their last trip for the evening, and Mr. Fisher, the superintendent, stated that it was their custom to leave the fire go down low about the last trip so as to make it easy for  them to take it out;  they had only got into the tunnel about one-eight of a mile when they stuck on a small grade; here it was supposed that they commenced to throw fresh coal on the fire and the smoke and carbonic oxide from the fire smothered them, in the Sandy Creek Mine, Oct. 6, 1892.  Why they did not cut loose from the trip and go out no one was able to answer; they had been on the locomotive for years and should have known better than to have remained in the smoke.)
[ T ]
Trabaldi, Antonio
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 46, married.);
(Injured.  Ankle broken by a fall of slate, in the Sandy Creek Mine, Feb. 9, 1906.)
[ U ]
[ V ]
[ W ]
Wright, Mark Ellsworth
(Miner, ca.1899, Sandy Creek Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 30, single.);
(Killed.  Severely injured when a piece of slate fell on him and broke his back, in the Sandy Creek Mine, Nov. 13, 1899.  The doctor said he was completely paralyzed lower half of body, his injury consisting of crushing fractures of the dorsal vertebrae, 7th, 8th, and 9th and severance of the spinal cord, as was determined by exploratory surgery on Thursday, November 16, 1899.  Died Nov. 18, 1899, at Passavant Hospital. Interred in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Penn Hills, PA.)
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