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Coal Miners Memorial
Willow Grove Mine,

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

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Willow Grove 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. 20, 2009

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Willow Grove Mine


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Willow Grove, 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
WILLOW GROVE MINE
[ A ]
Antonovski, Mr.
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1892, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, married, 2 children.);
(Killed. A sad accident occurred at the McDonald depot last Sunday afternoon by which a man named Antonovski, living at Willow Grove, was killed. He was waiting at the depot with the body of a child of his who had died the day before, intending to take it away on the train when he noticed an east bound freight approaching at a high rate of speed, and fearing apparently that the little coffin containing the remains projected too far over onto the track, ran to pull it back. But he was not quick enough in getting away and the train hit him, knocking him about twenty feet and injuring him so that he died in a few moments. His wife and little girl standing by were terribly affected at being thus doubly afflicted. Antonovski was a Hungarian and worked in the Willow Grove mine. [from the "McDonald Record," July 23, 1892.].)
[ B ]
[ C ]
[ D ]
Davies, George
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1886, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken and other serious injuries by a fall of slate, in the Willow Grove Mine, May 6, 1886.)
Duffey, Thomas
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1886, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 45, married.);
(Injured.  Thigh broken by a fall of slate, in the Willow Grove Mine, Aug. 17, 1886.)
[ E ]
[ F ]
Fennick, John
(American Miner, Motorman ca.1916, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of slate from the side of the main haulage road.  He was coming out with a loaded trip when he noticed a fall on the road.  He got off the motor to clear the fall away and was caught by another fall, in the Willow Grove Mine, July 5, 1916.)
Fennick, William
(American Miner Boy, Laborer ca.1916, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 19, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by electricity on the motor haulage road.  He was helping to raise the track out of the local swamp.  The mine foreman warned the men about the trolley wire, but Fennick forgot and straightened up and came in contact with the wire, and 500 volts, in the Willow Grove Mine, Jan. 7, 1916.)
Frites, Martin
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1886, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 40, single.);
(Injured.  Leg hurt by a fall of slate, in the Willow Grove Mine, March 2, 1886.)
[ G ]
[ H ]
Hess, George
(Miner, ca.1904 to ca.1920, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Lila Isabel Hess.);(Born ca.1867.);
(Twin brother of Robert Hess.)
Hess, Robert
(Miner, ca.1904, ca.1920, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, married, wife Margaret Allen Hess, Margaret Hess died ca.1904.);
(Born ca.1867.);
(Twin brother of George Hess.);
(Left mining because of Coal Damp in his lungs.)
(Moved to Iowa.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
[ K ]
[ L ]
Lockhart, W.
(General Superintendent, McDonald Coal Company, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.)
[ M ]
Murphy, John
(Miner Boy, Mine Boy ca.1886, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, Age 14.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of slate, in the Willow Grove Mine, Sept. 28, 1886.)
[ N ]
[ O ]
[ P ]
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Robbins, F. L.
(General Manager, ca.1892, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Willow Grove Mining Company.)
[ S ]
Schluederberg, G. W.
(Superintendent, ca.1898, of the Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for Willow Grove Mining Company.)
[ T ]
[ U ]
[ V ]
[ W ]
[ X ]
[ Y ]
Young, Alex
(Superintendent, ca.1916, ca.1917, of the Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for McDonald Coal Company, McDonald, PA.)
Young, Robert
(General Superintendent, ca.1912, ca.1916, McDonald Coal Company, McDonald, PA, Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA.);
(Superintendent, ca.1912, of the Willow Grove Mine, Allegheny Co., PA, for McDonald Coal Company, McDonald, PA.)
[ Z ]
"Brenda Hartson" <kraftladee@yahoo.com>

Subject: Re: Willow Grove Miners

I have chatted with my mother and these names are what she had. Robert HESS who was born 1867 worked in these mines until 1920 when he left because of coal damp in his lungs. He was married to Margaret Allen who died in 1904. He had a twin brother George HESS who most likely worked the mines also. George was married to a gal named Lila Isabel, maiden name unknown. They had a brother Chalmer and a brother Willard whom married Eva, maiden name unknown. Willard and Eva had four children: Norabell, who married a NEITZEL and later married David BURGHY; Rose; David; and George. No more information known of them. Ernie HESS is another brother of Robert, George, Chalmer, & Willard. His wife's name unknown, but, they had eight children. One of the eight was named Morgan. Also among this group is Russell Banfield who married Louise, maiden name unknown. Orville HESS is George & Lila's son. Walter Wallace was born to Margaret Allen before she married Robert HESS. He must have been illegitimate. Then comes a Nora and a Harvey Johnson. Mother did not know the exact dates they worked in the mines, but I hope this will give you enough information to start on. Robert HESS came to Iowa after his daughters came to Iowa and lived with his daughter and her husband; Harley Roy ETZEL and Elizabeth Ann HESS (my grandparents). My mom is now in her eighties and never knew her grandmother and only some of the people in Ohio. Again I hope this helps you and in turn will help me.

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