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Coal Miners Memorial
Black Diamond Mine,

Mineral Point,
East Taylor Twp.,
Cambria County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Black Diamond Mine, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Aug. 27, 2009

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Black Diamond Mine


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Black Diamond Mine, Mineral Point, East Taylor Twp., Cambria 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
BLACK DIAMOND MINE
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Bracken, J. H.
(General Superintendent, ca.1901, M. Bracken Coal Company, Black Diamond Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
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Divins, W. Henry
(Miner, Black Diamond Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(b. ca.1915.);
(Lived in Echo, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Worked the mine from early teen years to support his widowed mother. His brothers also mined coal in the area, but I am not sure if they were at the Black Diamond mine. They left the Johnstown area during the years of WWII to work in the Baltimore, MD ship yards and then later moved to Youngstown , OH to work in the steel mills.)
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[ M ]
Merzik, J. Stanley
(Polish Miner, Black Diamond Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married.);
(born ca.1888 in Poland.);
(Lived in Echo, Cambria Co., PA.)
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Strechko, John
(See: Strichko, John.)
Stretchko, John
(See: Strichko, John.)
Strichko, John
(Miner, Black Diamond Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Killed on the train tracks nears the Black Diamond Mine, where he was hit by a train.);
(His wife moved to Nanty-Glo and remarried.);
(See also: Stritchko, John;  Strechko, John;  Stretchko, John.)
Stritchko, John
(See: Strichko, John.)
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[ U ]
Updegraff, Daniel
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Black Diamond Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Injured. Collar bone broken and shoulder dislocated by a fall of coal while mining, in the Black Diamond Mine, April 3, 1905.)
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Yanas, Lukerni
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Black Diamond Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Ankle bruised by a fall of coal while mining in his room, in the Black Diamond Mine, Nov. 20, 1905.)
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