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Sonman,
Portage Twp.,
Cambria County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Sonman 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. 18, 2010

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Sonman Mines


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Sonman Mines, Sonman, Portage 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
SONMAN MINES
[ A ]
Appleyard, Joseph
(General Superintendent, ca.1912, W. H. Piper & Company, Lilly, PA, Sonman No. 2 & Sonman No. 4 Mines, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Superintendent, ca.1912, of the Sonman No. 2 Mine & Sonman No. 4 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for W. H. Piper & Company, Lilly, PA.);
(General Superintendent, ca.1917, W. H. Piper & Co., Lilly, PA, Sonman No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Superintendent, ca.1917, of the Sonman No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for W. H. Piper & Company, Lilly, PA.)
Aurant, Carroll
(Miner Boy, Pick Miner ca.1886, Sonman Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 16, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal, in the Sonman Mine, Jan. 12, 1886.)
[ B ]
Beale, H. S.
(Superintendent, ca.1901, of the Sonman Shaft No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for Sonman Shaft Coal Company.)
Beaver, Steve
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 35, single.);
(Injured.  Collar bone and two ribs broken by a fall of coal, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, March 5, 1906.)
Belick, Mike
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Sonman No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken;  a piece of draw slate fell on him, in the Sonman No. 1 Mine, March 22, 1898.)
Bem, August
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born May 20, 1919, in Portage Twp., PA);
(Interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Bender, John
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1881, Sonman Mines, Cambria Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal, in the Sonman Mines, Sept. 1, 1881.)
Blahut, Anthony
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of mine roof, in the Sonman Shaft Minbe, Dec. 5, 1906.)
Blowers, A. C.
(General Superintendent, ca.1905, A. C. Blowers Company, Sonman Drift No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
Blowers, G. A.
(See: Blowers, George A.)
Blowers, George A.
(Superintendent, ca.1905, of the Sonman Drift No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for A. C. Blowers Company.);
(General Superintendent, ca.1906, A.C. Blowers & Company, Lilly, PA, Sonman Drift No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(General Superintendent, ca.1906, George A. Blowers Company, Lilly, PA, Sonman No. 4 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Superintendent, ca.1906, of the Sonman No. 4 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for George A, Blowers Company, Lilly, PA.);
(See also: Blowers, G. A.)
Bobrowiecz, Andrew
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Bobrowiecz lived in Cassandra, PA.);
(Interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(See also: Bobrowicz, Andrew.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Bobrowicz, Andrew
(See: Bobrowiecz, Andrew.)
Bobrowitz, Edward
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Injured.  Slightly burned in an explosion of methane gas, in the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940. Rescued from the mine after the explosion.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Boles, George
(Miner, Roadman ca.1886, Sonman No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 38, married, 4 children.);
(Seriously injured.  Was rather severely squeezed, his body being bruised very badly and his back hurt.  He was working in a heading, repairing it, when he undertook to draw a post out when the slate was fully bearing on it, the result was that the slate fell upon him, in the Sonman No. 1 Mine, July 13, 1886.)
Boorka, Frank
(Lithuanian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 35, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of coal while undermining the coal, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, Aug. 8, 1906.)
Bradley, Chester
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 31, married, wife Frances Sheridan Bradley, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Bradley lived in Lilly, PA or Cassandra, PA.);
(Interment at St. Francis Xavier's Catholic Church Cemetery at Cresson, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Brunett, Clayton
(See: Burnett, Clayton.)
Burnett, Clayton
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 29, married, wife Ida Pendleton Burnett, 4 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Burnett lived in Portage, PA.);
(Son of Mr. & Mrs. John Burnett and was born August 24, 1910.);
(Interment at Portage Lutheran Church. Interment will be under the direction of George Bros., South Fork morticians.);
(See also: Brunett, Clayton.)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
[ C ]
Chapple, Horace C.
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 43, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Chapple lived in Portage, PA.);
(Born in Pavia, Bedford County, a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Chapple.);
(Interment will be at the Church Cemetery of the Church of the Brethren, Blue Knob, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Chapple, Sheldon
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Chapple lived in Portage, PA.);
(Son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Chapple.);
(Interment will be at the Church Cemetery of the Church of the Brethren, Blue Knob, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Chernisky, Mike
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Chileski, Frank
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Chileski lived in Portage, PA.);
(Interment will be at a cemetery in Du Bois, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Comoroskie, John
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Sonman No. 4 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 40, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of mine roof, in the Sonman No. 4 Mine, March 20, 1906.)
Concino, Angelo
(See: Constantino, Angelo.)
Conner, H. McKean
(Superintendent, ca.1905, of the Sonman Shaft No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for Sonman Shaft Coal Company.)
Constantino, Angelo
(Italian Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 55, married, wife Mary Constantino, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born in Italy.);
(Constantino lived in Lilly, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Cywrus, Stanley
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Injured.  Slightly burned in an explosion of methane gas, in the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940. Rescued from the mine after the explosion.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
[ D ]
Doman, Stephen
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 33, married, wife Mary Hudak Doman, 3 children; 2 sons, 1 daughter.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born Dec. 24, 1907, in Beaverdale, PA.);
(Doman lived at Beaverdale, Pa.);
(Member of the First Catholic Slovak Union of Beaverdale, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Domen, Stephen
(See:Doman, Steve.)
Dovilbrovik, John
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Dubulis, John
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 27, married, wife Mary Yusko Dubulis, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Dubulis lived in Portage, PA.);
(Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dubulis of Portage, PA.);
(Interment at St. Bartholomew's Cemetery, Wilmore, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Duras, Robert
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
Duras, Victor, Jr.
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
Duras, Victor, Sr.
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
[ E ]
Easton, Joseph
(Miner, Mine Foreman ca.1898, Sonman No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
Etienne, Leo, Jr.
(Miner Boy, ca.1940, Sonman Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 19, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Leo Etienne, Jr. lived in Portage, PA.);
(A member of the Portage United Brethren Church.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
[ F ]
Flynn, William
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Flynn lived in Portage, PA.);
(Interment at Wilmore Cemetery, Wilmore, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Forsyth, Geo.
(Superintendent, ca.1898, of the Sonman No. 1 & No. 2 Mines, Cambria Co., PA, for W. H. Piper & Company, Lilly, PA.);
(Superintendent, ca.1901, of the Sonman No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 Mines, Cambria Co., PA, for W. H. Piper & Company, Altoona, PA.);
(See also: Forsythe, George S.)
Forsythe, George S.
(Superintendent, ca.1905, ca.1906, of the Sonman No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for W. H. Piper & Company, Altoona, PA.);
(See also: Forsyth, Geo.)
Freeman, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Freeman lived in Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
[ G ]
Gavalak, Joseph, Jr.
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 22.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Gavalak lived in Portage, PA.);
(Born August 23, 1917.);
(Interment at St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery at Portage.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Gavalak, Steve
(See: Gavalak, Joseph, Jr.)
George, Freeman
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(George lived in Portage, PA.);
(Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Gregory, Wm.
(Miner Boy, Greasing Sheaver ca.1898, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 16, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken;  he was struck by the mine car haulage rope, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, Nov. 7, 1898.)
[ H ]
Hawxby, Smith
(Miner, Mine Foreman ca.1898, Sonman No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
Hebda, John
(Polish Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 51, married, wife Mary Grecek Hebda, 4 step-children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born in Poland and immigrated to the United States as a young man. He had been employed in the Sonman slope mine for 30 years.);
(Lived in Jamestown, PA.);
(Only six weeks before the disaster he was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary Grecek, a widow.);
(Interment in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Henry, Daniel
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1881, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 32, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Kiled by the hoisting cage while crossing the shaft, at the Sonman Shaft Mine, April 5, 1881.)
Holliday, Joseph John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 35, married, wife Mary Mackovicik Holliday, 5 children; 3 sons, 2 daughters.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived at Jamestown, Cambria Co., PA);
(He was a member of St. Peter and Paul's Greek Catholic Church.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Hoover, Charles
(American Miner,m Plane Runner ca.1906, Sonman No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 29, married.);
(Injured.  Arm broken by a piece of brakeband breaking off and striking his arm.  Inside, In the Sonman No. 2 Mine, Aug. 22, 1906.)
Hough, Thomas
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born in Portage on October 12, 1915, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Hough.);
(Hough lived in Portage, PA.);
(Interment at Prospect Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Huffard, Philip A.
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 27, married, wife Reba Simpson Huffard, 3 children, 2 sons & 1 daughter.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born in Gallitzin, PA on Feb. 1, 1913, a son of George & Mary Huffard.);
(Huffard lived in Lilly, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Hufford, Mr.
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Injured.  Slightly burned in an explosion of methane gas, in the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940. Rescued from the mine after the explosion.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Hughes, Charles A.
(Superintendent, ca.1886, of the Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for Hughes & Shoemaker Company,.)
[ I ]
Inman, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married, wife Anna Inman, 3 children; 3 sons.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Cassandra, PA.);
(Son of Ida Inman of Jamestown, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
[ J ]
Jenkins, John
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1881, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 29, married.);
(Killed.  Killed while undermining coal, neglecting to sprag up the coal, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, March 3, 1881.)
[ K ]
Kalsky, Stanley
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Kalvasinsky, Stanley
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Jamestown, Portage R. D., PA.);
(He came to this country from Europe when a young man and had been employed at Sonman Mine for three years.);
(Funeral services will be conducted at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lilly, PA. Interment will be in St. Brigid's Catholic Church Cemetery, Lilly, PA.);
(See also: Kolvasinsky, Stanley.)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Katins, Thomas
(Russian Miner, Rope Rider ca.1912, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by mine cars on a heading, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, Aug. 31, 2009.)
Kelego, John
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Cambria Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal;  this man lay down to mine a piece of coal, having two loose ends, and put no sprags under to support it, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, Aug. 13, 1898.)
Kent, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 31, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Lilly, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Klatt, Charles
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 58, widower, wife Josephine Gradar Klatt died Feb. 5, 1940, seven Children; 4 at home.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.)
(Funeral services are to be held at Holy Cross Polish National Church, Woodland Avenue, Moxham, PA. Interment is the Boswell Polish National Cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Kolvasinsky, Stanley
(See: Kalvasinsky, Stanley.)
Kuczynsky, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Kuzen, Joseph
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 52.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.);
(Interment at St.Joseph's Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Kuzin, Joseph
(See: Kuzen, Joseph.)

[ L ]
Lamon, Fadgit
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 41, married, 6 children.);
(Killed.  Struck by mine cars on the slope which had broken loose from the haulage rope.  This man had no business on the slope, as there is a regular walking road, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, June 4, 1901.)
Leahy, John
(Superintendent, ca.1886, of the S0onman No. 1 Mine & Sonman No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for W. H. Piper & Company.)
Leap, Homer
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Cassandra, PA.);
(Thomas I. Leap, and his two sons, Melvin, and Homer, had worked together as buddies in the Sonman Slope Mine for the past five years.);
(Funeral services for the father and two sons will be conducted in St. Brigid's Catholic Church, Lilly, with burial taking place in the church cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Leap, Melvin
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 24, married Ethel Chappel Leap, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Cassandra, PA.);
(Thomas I. Leap, and his two sons, Melvin, and Homer, had worked together as buddies in the Sonman Slope Mine for the past five years.);
(Funeral services for the father and two sons will be conducted in St. Brigid's Catholic Church, Lilly, with burial taking place in the church cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Leap, Thomas I.
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 47, married, wife Agnes Meyers Leap, 7 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born in Lilly, PA.);
(Lived in Cassandra, PA.);
(Thomas I. Leap, and his two sons, Melvin, and Homer, had worked together as buddies in the Sonman Slope Mine for the past five years.);
(Funeral services for the father and two sons will be conducted in St. Brigid's Catholic Church, Lilly, with burial taking place in the church cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Legas, John
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1917, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 29, married.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of rock at the face of a room, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, Jan. 11, 1917.  Died January 28, 1917.)
Lester, John W.
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Employed at the Sonman Mines 2 years.);
(Lived at Moudy Hill, near, Portage, PA, he had plans made to be married in August, 1940.);
(Mr. Lester had served for three years in the United States Army, enlisting in July, 1935, stationed in Hawaii for two years as a field artillery man and one year at Fort Hoyle, Md. Discharged July 15, 1938.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Lunta, Paul
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 26, single.);
(Injured.  Collar bone broken by a fall of coal while undermining the coal, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, Feb. 16, 1906.)
Lutz, George
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Employed in the Sonman Slope Mine 4 years.);
(Lived in Portage R. D., PA.);
(Funeral services will be conducted at SS. Peter & Paul's Greek Catholic Church, Portage,  PA, with interment in the church cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
[ M ]
MacIntosh, Raymond
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Injured.  Slightly burned in an explosion of methane gas, in the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940. Rescued from the mine after the explosion.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Mackoviak, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.);
(Employed in the Sonman mine for 10 years.);
(Interment in SS. Peter & Paul's Greek Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Mantel, Edward
(French Miner,  ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 42, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born in Marles, France.);
(Brother of Louis Mantel, who was also killed.);
(Lived near Ebensburg, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Mantel, Louis
(French Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 52, married, wife Adelaide Mantel.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born Jan. 4, 1888, in Marles, France.);
(Lived near Ebensburg, PA.);
(A veteran of the World War I, having served 15 months overseas with a motor transport company.);
(Brother of Edward Mantel, who was also killed.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.);
(See also: Montel, Lewis;    Mantell, Louis.)
Mantell, George
(See: Mantel, George.)
Mantell, Louis
(See: Mantel, Louis.)
Marstig, John
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Sonman No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of coal;  he had put a blast off which did not bring down the coal, so he lay down to undermine further, when it fell on him, in the Sonman No. 1 Mine, Jan. 22, 1901.)
Mascoviak, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
McDonald, Arthur F., Jr.
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 26, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born in South Fork, Dec. 6, 1913.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
McDonald, Sheldon
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
McIntosh, Raymond
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Survived the explosion of July 15, 1940, in the Sonman Shaft Mine.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
McVicker, Harry
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived on Orchard St., Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Mears, Hawey
(Superintendent, ca.1901, of the Sonman Drift Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for Shoemaker Coal Company.)
Metarko, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Employed in the Sonman Mine for five years.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.);
(Interment in SS. Peter & Paul's Greek Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.);
(See also: Metorko, John;  Miterko, John.)
Metorko, John
(See: Metarko, John.)
Metrak, Alexander "Alex"
(Miner, ca.1920, Sonman Mines, Cambria Co, PA, Age 28, married, 1 child [8 months old].);
(Killed.  Instantly killed when a rock fell on him and broke his neck and had other internal injuries that resulted in his death, in the Sonman Mine, Aug. 12, 1920.);
(He lived in Sonman, near Portage, PA.  Interment in SS. Peter & Paul's Greek Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(See also: Metrock, Alexander.)
Metrock, Alexander
(See: Metrak, Alexander.)
Miterko, John
(See: Metarko, John.)
Monteith, James R. "Jimmy"
(American Miner, Section Foreman ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 43, married, wife Mary Fleming Montieth, 3 children; 3 sons.);
(Killed.  Killed an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born Sept. 10, 1896, in Patton, PA.);
(Lived in Ebensburg, PA.);
(He was a veteran of the World War I, having served overseas 15 months.);
(Interment at Ebensburg Lloyd's Cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Montel, Lewis
(See: Mantell, Louis.)
Morgret, Ephraim Elmer
(Miner, ca.1920-1935, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married, wife Marjorie Jean Read Morgret, 1 child.);
(Lived in Portage, PA ca.1922.)
Moyer, Emmett
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 32, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Moyer lived in Gallitzin, PA.);
(Born in Lilly, Pa, son of Thomas Moyer.);
(Interment at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Cemetery, Gallitzin, PA)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Musrak, Mike
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Sonman Shaft No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 26, single.);
(Injured.  Collar bone broken by a fall of coal, in the Sonman Shaft No. 2 Mine, April 15, 1901.)
Mutskovak, John
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
[ N ]
Neal, James B.
(General Superintendent, ca.1905, Sonman Shaft Coal Company, Sonman Shaft No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(See also: Neale, James B.)
Neale, James B.
(General Superintendent, ca.1906, ca.1912, ca.1917, Sonman Shaft Coal Company, Minersville, PA, Sonman Shaft Mine & Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(See also: Neal, James B.)
Nowobelski, John
(See: Nowobleski, John.)
Nowobielski, John
(See: Nowoblelski, John.)
Nowoblelski, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Nowoblelski lived in Sonman, PA.);
(Interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(See also: Nowobelski, John;  Nowobielski, John.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
[ O ]
Olcbock, Charles
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1912, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 27, married.);
(Injured. Hips and back bruised by a fall of coal at the face of a room, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, June 19, 1912.)
Owen, Melvin
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 26, married, wife Hilda Hazlett Owen, 4 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born September 24, 1913, in Wilmore, PA, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Owen.);
(Owen lived in Wilmore, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.);
(See also: Owens, Melvin.)
Owens, Melvin
(See: Owen, Melvin.)
[ P ]
Panyak, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 32.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Panyak lived in Sonman, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.);
(See also: Panyek, John.)
Panyek, John
(See: Panyak, John.)
Pasi, Flori
(Italian Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 43, married, wife Marian Bunk Pasi, 4 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Employed in the Sonman slope mine for two years.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.);
(Born in Italy Sept. 5, 1896, and immigrated to the United States in 1921.);
(Interment in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Portage, PA.);
(See also: Pasi, Flory.)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Pasi, Flory
(See: Pasi, Flori.)
Passi, Floria
(See: Pasi, Flori
Patterson, J. L. S.
(Superintendent, ca.1901, of the Sonman Shaft No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for Loyalhanna Coal & Coke Company.);
(See also: Patterson, Joseph.)
Patterson, Joseph
(Superintendent, ca.1898, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for Loyalhanna Coal & Coke Company, Myra, PA.);
(See also: Patterson, J. L. S.)
Pitman, Theodore
(See: Pittman, Theodore.)
Pittman, Theodore
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 33 or 34, married, wife Mae Bowers Pittman, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Employed in the Sonman Slope Mine for ten years.);
(Born June 8, 1907, in Portage, PA.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.);
(Member of the Portage United Brethren Church.);
(See also: Pitman, Theodore.)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Plummer, Bert
(American Miner, Motor Brakeman ca.1906, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 43, single.);
(Injured.  Slight rupture of the abdomen.  Caught between the mine motor and the mine roof, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, March 28, 1906.)
Pristak, George
(See: Pristas, George.)
Prostak, John
(See: Pristas, John.)
Pristas, George
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Brother of John Pristas, who was killed in the Sonman Mine Disaster of July, 1940.);
(George Pristas was to have worked the night shift the day of the explosion, but his brother went instead of him.)
Pristas, John
(Miner, Coal Loader ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 34, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Employed in the Sonman Slope Mine for ten years.);
(Lived in Jamestown, PA.);
(Interment in SS. Peter & Paul's Greek Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
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[ R ]
Richelman, Jacob
(American Miner, Motor Brakeman ca.1906, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 23, married.);
(Injured.  Two fingers cut off and back injured by mine cars inside the mine, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, March 28, 1906.)
Robu, John
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Killed.  Was killed by a fall of coal;  his head and body badly crushed;  he neglected to sprag the coal in compliance with rules of mine, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, May 13, 1898.)
Rudash, Andrew, Jr.(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 23. single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.);
(Services will be conducted in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Portage with burial taking place in the church cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.);
(See also: Rudash, Doly.)
Rudash, Doly
(see: Rudash, Andrew, Jr.)
Rudash, John
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 23. single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.);
(Services will be conducted in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Portage with burial taking place in the church cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Rudash, Joseph
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.);
(Services will be conducted in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Portage with burial taking place in the church cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)Rudash, Doly should be Rudash, Andrew Jr
[ S ]
Sandy, Peter
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Sonman No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 31, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of boney coal roof, injuring his back, in the Sonman No. 2 Mine, Sept. 25, 1905.  He died Oct. 10, 1905, from the injury received.  The victim and his partner had failed to take down the boney while it was loose.)
Santa, Frank
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Sonman No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 39, married.);
(Injured.  Collar bone injured and bruised abkle by a fall of coal, in the Sonman No. 1 Mine, Feb. 8, 1898.)
Sarnecki, Michael "Mike"
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Sarnecki lived in Lilly, PA.);
(Born Sept. 10, 1916, son of Lawrence & Anna Sarnecki.);
(See also: Sarneski, Michael.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Sarneski, Michael
(See: Sarnecki, Michael.)
Sarvash, Stephen
(See: Sarvosh, Stephen;  Sarwash, Stephen.)
Sarvosh, Stephen
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born in Cassandra, PA November 6, 1917.);
(Funeral services will be conducted at the Sarvosh home by Rev. W. E. Sunday, pastor of the Lilly Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery, Portage.);
(See also: Sarvash, Stephen; Sarwash, Stephen.)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Sarwash, Stephen
(See: Sarvosh, Strphen.)
Shaw, Thomas
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 26 or 28, married, wife Ethel Shaw, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Shaw lived in Portage, PA.);
(Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Shoemaker, J. C.
(General Superintendent, ca.1901, Shoemaker Coal Company, Sonman Drift Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
Sibis, Peter Walter
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 31, married, wife Irene Grzegorzeski Sibis.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(See also: Sibis, Walter.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Sibis, Walter
(See Sibis, Peter Walter.)
Simo, John
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.  Found almost side by side in the death trap close to heading No. 16 were John Simo Sr. of 821 Prospect Street, Portage, and his two sons, John and Joseph, both of the same address.);
(John Simo was born in Portage, PA on July 17, 1916.);
(Interment in SS. Peter & Paul's Greek Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Simo, Joseph
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.  Found almost side by side in the death trap close to heading No. 16 were John Simo Sr. of 821 Prospect Street, Portage, and his two sons, John and Joseph, both of the same address.);
(Joseph Simo was born in Portage, PA on August 18, 1918.);
(Interment in SS. Peter & Paul's Greek Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Simo, Michael, Jr.
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Michael Simo Jr., was working in the mine at the time of the methane explosion, July 15, 1940, but was on the opposite slope. When he emerged from the pit, he waited hours to learn of the death of his father and two brothers.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Simo, Michael, Sr. "Mike"
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 60, married, wife Susan Lukaceyda Simo, 8 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.  Found almost side by side in the death trap close to heading No. 16 were John Simo Sr. of 821 Prospect Street, Portage, and his two sons, John Simo and Joseph Simo, both of the same address.);
(Michael Simo Sr. was born in Europe in ca.1880 and immigrated to the United States at the age of five.);
(Interment in SS. Peter & Paul's Greek Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Slayman, A. H.
(General Superintendent, ca.1901, W. H. Piper & Company, Altoona, PA, Sonman No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 Mines, Cambria Co., PA.);
(General Superintendent, ca.1905, ca.1906, W. H. Piper & Company, Altoona, PA, Sonman No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
Smindak, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 31.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Smindak lived in Portage, PA.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Smith, Gerald, Jr.
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Mine, Cambria Co., PA.)
Smith, Joseph
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 32, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born in Washington Twp., Cambria Co., PA, August 6, 1907);
(Lived in Cassandra, PA);
(Funeral services will be conducted in St. Agnes Catholic Church, Cassandra, PA, with burial taking place in St. Brigid's Cemetery, Lilly, PA);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Snyder, August
(American Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 34, married, wife Josephine Snyder, 1 child; a son.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Born in Onnalinda, PA on Nov. 30, 1905.);
(Lived in Beaverdale, PA.);
(A member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and Slovania Lodge, S. S. C. U.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Sorrie, Joseph
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Survived the explosion of July 15, 1940, in the Sonman Shaft Mine.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Sorrie, Thomas
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA.);
(Survived the explosion of July 15, 1940, in the Sonman Shaft Mine.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Strachan, James
(Superintendent, ca.1906, ca.1912, ca.1917, of the Sonman Shaft Mine & Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, for Sonman Shaft Coal Company, Minersville, PA.)
Stupski, George
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 48.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Stupski lived in Cassandra, PA.);
(See also: Stauski, George.)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Stauski, George
(See: Stupski, George.)
Szura, Frank
(Polish Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 53, married, wife Catherine Wocijk Szura, 8 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Frank Szura was born in Poland.);
(Interment at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Szura, Walter
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Son of Frank Szura, who was also killed in the Sonman Mine disaster.);
(Interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Szura, Walter, Jr.
(See: Szura, Walter.)
[ T ]
Thomas, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, married, several children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Thomas lived in Portage, PA.);
(Interment at Prospect Cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Tomosco, John
(Slavonian Miner Boy, Pick Miner ca.1906, Sonman Shaft Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by coal falling on him, in the Sonman Shaft Mine, Sept. 15, 1906.)
Topa, Frank
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1912, Conman No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., Pa, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Face cut and finger dislocated by a premature blast at the face of a room, in the Sonman No. 2 Mine, Sept.17, 1912.)
Trunak, John
(See: Trunek, John.)
Trunek, John
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 24, married, wife Sue Brow Trunek.);
(John & Sue were married June 1, 1940.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Trunek lived in Cassandra, PA.);
(Son of Joseph Trunek.);
(Interment at St. Agnes Church Cemetery, Cassandra, PA.);
(See also: Trunak, John.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
[ U ]
Uveges, Alex
(Hungarian Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 43, married, 6 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Cassandra, PA.);
(Born in Hungary June 19, 1897.);
(Immigrated to the United States from Hungary ca.1914.);
(Interment at Hungarian Reformed Church Cemetery, Cassandra, PA.);
(See also: Uvegos, Alex.)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Uvegos, Alex
(See: Uveges, Alex.)
[ V ]
Vargo, Vandas
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Sonman Shaft No. 1 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured.  Fracture of the leg by a fall of coal, in the Sonman Shaft No. 1 Mine, Nov. 7, 1901.)
Viegle, Howard
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1912, Sonman No. 2 Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Small bone broken above ankle by the haulage rope on a heading, in the Sonman No. 2 Mine, Nov. 11, 1912.)
Volsky, Joe
(Polish Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 29, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of rock at the face of a room, in the Sonman Slope Mine, April 10, 1917.)
[ W ]
Wisnewski, William
(See: Wisniewski, William.)
Wisniewski, William
(Polish Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Mine, Cambria Co., PA, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Portage, PA.);
(Interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Portage, PA.);
(See also: Wisnewski, William.)
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
[ X ]
[ Y ]
[ Z ]
Zimmerman, George
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 48, married, wife Elsie Gillen Zimmerman, 7 children.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Portage Township.);
(Father of Laird Zimmerman, who was also killed.);
(Interment in Prospect Cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)
Zimmerman, Laird
(Miner, ca.1940, Sonman Slope Mine, Cambria Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of methane gas, in the North Slope of the Sonman Slope Mine, July 15, 1940.);
(Lived in Portage Township.);
(Son of George Zimmerman, who was also killed.);
(Interment in Prospect Cemetery.);
(Sonman Mine Disaster of July 15, 1940.)

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