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History of the Franklin Mines, Franklin, Conemaugh Twp., Cambria Co., PA


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Franklin No. 1 Mine,
Franklin No. 2 Mine,
Franklin No. 3 Mine,
Franklin No. 4 Mine,
Franklin No. 5 Mine,
Franklin No. 6 Mine,
Franklin Slope Mine,

of the Cambria Iron Works,
Johnstown, Franklin,
Cambria County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Franklin Mines, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Sept. 10, 2010

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Franklin Mines


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Franklin Mines, Johnstown, Franklin, 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
FRANKLIN MINES
[ A ]
[ B ]
Birkick, Michael
(Servian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Franklin No. 3 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 28, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Killed by being crushed under a runaway trip of loaded mine cars while taking an empty mine car to the face of an entry, in the Franklin No. 3 Mine, Jan. 3, 1917.)
Bologa, John
(Austrian Miner, Machine Runner ca.1917, Franklin No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Skull fractured and body bruised by a fall of roof at the face of a room, in the Franklin No. 1 Mine, 22, 1917.)
Brown, Chas.
(American Miner, Shaft Sinker ca.1917, Franklin No. 5 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Rib fractured by falling material from an overturned hoisting bucket in the mine shaft, in the Franklin No. 5 Mine, Dec. 17, 1917.)
Brownlee, James
(Miner, Mine Foreman ca.1898, Franklin Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
Buyarsky, Mikola
(Russian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1917, Franklin No. 4 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 41, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed.  He was extending the track at the face of an entry when a piece of rock, trough-shaped, fell lengthwise of the roadway, in the Franklin No. 4 Mine, Nov. 19, 1917.)
[ C ]
Chauhulsky, Robert
(Polish Miner Scraper ca.1917, Franklin No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured.  Caught between a mine locomotive and a mining machine on an entry road, in the Franklin No. 2 Mine, June 8, 1917.)
[ D ]
Diebler, Charles
(American Miner, Dilly Rider ca.1908, Franklin No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 24, married.);
(Injured.  Foot amputated and hip injured by mine cars.  He fell from the trip and it ran over his leg, in the Franklin No. 1 Mine, Jan. 27, 1908.)
Dolgas, John
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1917, Franklin No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Hip dislocated by a fall of coal at the face of a room, in the Franklin No. 1 Mine, Aug. 8, 1917.)
Duncan, B. F.
(American Miner, Machineboss ca.1917, Franklin No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 23, married.);
(Injured.  Arm torn off.  Caught in gears of a mining machine while making adjustments at the motor barn.  Outside the Franklin No. 2 Mine, July 11, 1917.)
Dyer, Wm. S.
(Miner, ca.1909, Franklin Slope No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mine explosion in the Franklin Slope No. 2 coal mine of Cambria Steel Company, Nov. 3, 1909. He was working almost under his home when he met death. [from the "Indiana Progress," Indiana, PA, Nov. 3, 1909.].);
(Franklin Mines Disaster, Nov. 1909.)
[ E ]
Evans, Chas.
(American Miner, Company Man ca.1917, Franklin No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 35, single.);
(Injured.  Wrist broken by a drilling machine at the face of an entry, in the Franklin No. 1 Mine, Aug. 25, 1917.)
[ F ]
Foreigners
(11 Foreign Miners, ca.1909, Franklin Slope No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mine explosion in the Franklin Slope No. 2 coal mine of Cambria Steel Company, Nov. 3, 1909. [from the "Indiana Progress," Indiana, PA, Nov. 3, 1909.].);
(Franklin Mines Disaster, Nov. 1909.)
[ G ]
Glenglosky, John
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1917, Franklin No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 45, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured.  Struck by an air door on the entry road, in the Franklin No, 2 Mine, Sept. 28, 1917.)
[ H ]
Hill, Sheridan
(Welsh Miner, Spragger ca.1917, Franklin No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by mine cars on the entry road, in the Franklin No. 1 Mine, April 10, 1917.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Jetco, Anton
(Granish Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Franklin No. 3 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 32, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured.  He was on the act of taking down some loose rock on the roadway at the face of a room when another piece of rock fell unexpectedly, in the Franklin No. 3 Mine, July 12, 1917.  He died ten days later.)
Jones, Evan W.
(Welsh Miner, Weighmaster ca.1901, Franklin Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 66, single.);
(Injured.  Seriously injured; the haulage rope broke on the plane and the mine cars ran into the weigh house, in the Franklin Mine, Aug. 13, 1901.)
Jones, William
(Welsh Miner, Companyman ca.1917, Franklin No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 41, married.);
(Injured.  Arm taken off by mine cars on an entry road, in the Franklin No. 2 Mine, Dec. 12, 1917.)
[ K ]
Kush, Marion
(Miner, ca.1922 - ca.1933, Franklin No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married, wife Mathilda Lestic Kush, 2 children.);
(Lived in East Conemaugh, PA.  d. ca.1933.);
(See also: Kush, Murphy.)
Kush, Murphy
(See: Kush, Marion.)
[ L ]
Lubkin, J. C. H.
(General Superintendent, ca.1917, Cambria Steel Company, Franklin Mines, Cambria Co., PA.)
[ M ]
Moore, M. G.
(General Superintendent, ca.1904, ca.1905, ca.1906, Cambria Steel Company, Johnstown, PA, Franklin No. 1 & No. 2 Mines and Franklin Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
[ N ]
[ O ]
[ P ]
Panyik, George
(Slavonian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1908, Franklin Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Contusion of back, leg and arm.  In attempting to jump on a mule, he caught his feet in the chains and the mule dragged him along.  Outside the Franklin Slope Mine, March 23, 1908.)
Poole, James
(Miner, ca.1909, Franklin Slope No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mine explosion in the Franklin Slope No. 2 coal mine of Cambria Steel Company, Nov. 3, 1909. He had been employed in the mine but two weeks.  He came from Vintondale and was to have moved his household goods from that place to Conemaugh yesterday. [from the "Indiana Progress," Indiana, PA, Nov. 3, 1909.].);
(Franklin Mines Disaster, Nov. 1909.)
Pride, Arthur
(English Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Franklin Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 38, married, 4 children.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of rock.  He knew it was dangerous, and was putting up a scaffold to enable him to pull it down when the rock fell on him, in the Franklin Slope Mine, Aug. 22, 1904.)
Punter, Jacob
(Austrian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1904, Franklin No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Leg caught between mine cars and badly injured, in the Franklin No. 1 Mine, March 7, 1904.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Robinson, George
(Superintendent, ca.1904, ca.1905, ca.1906, of the Franklin No. 1 & Franklin No. 2, and Franklin Slope Mines, Cambria Co., PA, for Cambria Steel Company, Johnstown, PA.)
Rortira, Lewis
(Granish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1917, Franklin No. 4 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 35, married, 4 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of slate while drilling a hole in the coal at the face of an entry, in the Franklin No. 4 Mine, Feb. 21, 1917.)
[ S ]
Solony, Steve
(Slavonian Miner, Laborer ca.1906, Franklin Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 26, married.);
(Killed.  Suffocated by gas coming from compressed air pipes, in the Franklin Slope Mine, May 14, 1906.);
(May 14, 1906, Steve Solony, Slavonian, Laborer, was suffocated by gas at Franklin Slope.  He worked in a rock heading where all the work was done with compressed air drills, and the face of the heading kept clear of foul air and smoke by letting the air escape from the pipes.  An explosion occurred in the compressor cylinder of the oil that had collected there;  and the gas resulting from the explosion came through the pipes and into the heading.  Solony could have gone out with the other men, but as the gas made him sick he was obliged to remain in the heading.  He sat down and was overcome by the gas.)
Supanchick, Anton
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Franklin No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Killed.  Killed by dynamite exploding on him in a rock shot, in the Franklin No. 1 Mine, Aug. 26, 1905.)
[ T ]
[ U ]
[ V ]
Vichish, Tony
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Franklin No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 25, married.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of rock, in the Franklin No. 1 Mine, Oct. 25, 1905.)
[ W ]
Wilkinson, Thomas
(American Miner, Machine Runner ca.1917, Franklin No. 4 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 43, married.);
(Injured.  Arm fractured, scalp lacerated and pelvis injured by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Franklin No. 4 Mine, Dec. 10, 1917.)
[ X ]
[ Y ]
Yanichich, Mike
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Franklin No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 28.);
(Killed;  Crushed by a fall of rock.  He was undermining the coal when a piece of rock fell out between two slips, in the Franklin No. 1 Mine, June 11, 1904.)
Ylanorski, Mike
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Franklin Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 42, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of rock at the face of his room, in the Franklin Slope Mine, Dec. 13, 1904.)
[ Z ]
Zeleski, Jake
(American Miner, Electrician ca.1904, Franklin No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Seriously bruised about the body.  In riding down a very heavy grade the mine car ran away and he was thrown out at the bottom, in the Franklin No. 1 Mine, June 5, 1904.)
Zima, Adam
(Austrian Miner, Trip Rider ca.1917, Franklin No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 39, married.);
(Injured.  Ribs fractured and body injured by mine cars on the haulage road, in the Franklin No. 2 Mine, Oct. 22, 1917.)
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