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Coal Miners Memorial
Helvetia Slope Mine,
Stanley Shaft Mine,
Helvetia-Stanley Mine,
Helvetia,
Brady Twp.,
Clearfield County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Helvetia Mine, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Sept. 28, 2010

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Helvetia Mines, Stanley Mine, Helvetia-Stanley Mine 


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Helvetia Mines, Helvatia, Brady Twp., Clearfield 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
HELVETIA MINES
[ A ]
Amond, Vinton D.
(Miner, Chief Clerk ca.1948, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, married.);
(Died of a heart attack.  He was found dead on company property, by H. P. Edmiston, a company executive, a few feet from his automobile, which he had apparently been loading with brick, his wife said he had been making improvements around the house.  [from "The Progress," Clearfield, PA, Oct. 25, 1948.].)
[ B ]
Banner, Fergus
(Miner, ca.1902, Helvatia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvatia Mines, Sept. 23, 1902.)
Bell, James
(Miner, ca.1934, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 38, married, 4 children.);
(Killed.  Killed fell under the wheels of his own motor while attempting to get out of the path of another and larger motor, in the Helvetia Mine, Jan. 23, 1934. [from "The Clearfield Progress," Clearfield, PA, Jan. 24, 1931.].)
Bonner, Cerguson
(Miner, ca.1902, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 32.);
(Killed. Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvetia Mine, Sept. 25, 1902.)
Brown, David
(Miner, ca.1913, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvatia Mines, Jan., 1913.)
[ C ]
Calloway, A. W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1906, Rochester & Pittsburg Coal & Iron Company, Punxsutawney, PA, Helvetia Slope Mine, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(General Superintendent, ca.1906, Rochester & Pittsburg Coal & Iron Company, Punxsutawney, PA, Stanley Shaft Mine, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(General Superintendent, ca.1912, Rochester & Pittsburg Coal & Iron Company, Indiana, PA, Helvetia-Stanley Mine, Helvetia, Clearfield Co., PA.)
Cowie, James
(Miner, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA.)
Cowpash, Frank
(Polish Miner, Scrapper ca.1912, Helvetia-Stanley Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Injured internally while handling a coal-cutting machine on an entry, in the Helvetia-Stanley Mine, Nov. 15, 1912.)
Crooks, Bertram J.
(Miner, ca.1912, Helvetia, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Passed his examination for Assistant Mine Foreman ca.1912.  Certificate issued ca.1912.)
[ D ]
Deemer, George S.
(Miner, ca.1933, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvetia Mines, July 1933.)
Duck, Stephen
(Miner, ca.1913, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvetia Mines, June, 1913.)
Duke, Steve
(Slavonian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1912, Helvetia-Stanley Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 24, married.);
(Injured.  Hips severely injured by mine cars on an entry, in the Helvetia-Stanley Mine, Nov. 6, 1912.)
[ E ]
Edmiston, H. P.
(Company Executive ca.1948, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA. [from "The Progress," Clearfield, PA, Oct. 25, 1948.].)
[ F ]
Fisher, Gains
(Miner, ca.1902, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining acident, in the Helvetia Mines, May 19, 1902.)
Fratti, Antonia
(Miner, ca.1910, Helvetia - Stanley Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 24.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvetia - Stanley Mine, June 27, 1910.)
[ G ]
Golick, John
(Miner, ca.1913, Helvetia Mines, Clerafield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvetia Mines, Aug., 1913.)
[ H ]
Haag, Harry
(Miner, ca.1920- 1940, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA.)
Haag, Paul
(Miner, ca.1930 - 1940, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA.)
Harris, Roy
(Miner, Assistant Foreman ca.1951, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA. [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA, April 27, 1951.].)
Harvey, I. J.
(Superintendent, ca.1906, of the Helvetia Slope Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, for Rochester & Pittsburg Coal & Iron Company, Punxsutawney, PA.);
(Superintendent, ca.1906, of the Stanley Shaft Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, for Rochester & Pittsburg Coal & Iron Company, Punxsutawney, PA.);
(Superintendent, ca.1912, of the Helvetia-Stanley Mine, Helvetia, Clearfield Co., PA, for Rochester & Pittsburg Coal & Iron Company, Indiana, PA.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Jeffery, Charles
(Miner, ca.1929, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(He was Joe Petrick's buddy when Joe was killed in the Helvetia Mine. [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA, Aug. 6, 1929.].)
Johnson, John
(Miner, Power Plant Operator, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.)
Johnson, Tom
(Miner, Power Plant Operator, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.)
[ K ]
Kosko, Andrew
(Miner, ca.1929, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvetia Mines, June, 1929.)
[ L ]

[ M ]
Malone, Joseph H.
(Miner, ca.1900 - 1924, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA.)
[ N ]
Negreg, Peter
(Miner, ca.1938, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Injured.  Seriously injured he sustained a fracture of the lumbar vertabrac, a broken back, he was caught under a fall of rock, in the Helvetia Mine, July 14, 1938. [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA, July 16, 1938.].)
North, James M.
(Miner, Outside Mine Foreman ca.1951, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA. [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA, April 27, 1951.].)

[ O ]
Organ, William
(Miner, Assistant Mine Foreman Electrican, ca.1951, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA.  [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA, April 27, 1951.].)
[ P ]
Petrick, John
(Austian Miner, ca.1929, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 70, windower.);
(Killed.  Killed by a premature explosion of coalite.  His body was badly mutilated about the head and chest one hand was blown off, in the Helvetia Mine, Aug. 5, 1929. [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA, Aug. 6, 1929.].)
Porictk, William
(Miner, ca.1907, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvetia Mines, Sept. 29, 1907.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
[ S ]
Sabo, Andrew
(Hungarian Miiner, Coal Loader ca.1912, Helvetia-Stanley Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 28, married.);
(Injured.  Back and head injured by a fall of roof at the face of his working place, in the Helvetia-Stanley Mine, Nov. 19, 1912.)
Seese, William
(Miner, Assistant Foreman ca.1951, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA. [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA, April 27, 1951.].)
Smith, Max
(Miner, ca.1940, Helvetia Mine, Clearifle Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Caught beneath a roof fall, i the Helvetia Mine, Nov. 6, 1940. [from "The Clearfield Progress," Clearfield, PA, Dec. 31, 1940.].)
Smyers, Kenneth
(Miner, ca.1937, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 31, married, wife Elizabeth Cropp Smyers, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Crushed against the roof as the mine motor he was driving jumped the tracks, in the Helvetia Mine,  Jan. 22, 1937.  [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA, Jan. 23, 1937.].)
Strawbridge, Robert
(Miner, ca.1906, Helvatia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Passed his examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1906.  Certificate issued ca.1906.)
Sulin, John
(Miner, ca.early 1900's, Helvetia Mine, Clerafield, Co., PA, married, wife Elizabeth Sloff Sulin.)
[ T ]
Todd, Robert
(Miner, ca.1906, Helvatia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Passed his examination for Fire Boss ca.1906.  Certificate issued ca.1906.)
[ U ]
[ V ]
Vicellias, Andrew
(Austrian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1906, Stanley Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Injured.  Left fractured by being caught between mine cars in the mine, in the Stanley Mine, July 21, 1906.)
[ W ]
Wayland, Alfred M.
(Miner, ca.1933, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvetia Mines, Oct., 1933.)
Weber, George K.
(Miner, ca.1938, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 67, widower, children.);
(Killed.  Caught by a narrow margin of one step when he failed to get out from under a fall of rock, in the Helvetia Mine, Nov. 12, 1938.  Lived in Luthersburg, PA.  Interred at Salem Cemetery.  [from "The Clearfield Progress," Clearfield, PA, Nov. 14, 1938.].)
Weber, Theodore
(Miner, ca.1938, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 37.  He was working with George K. Weber, when George was killed in the Helvetia Mine, Nov. 1938. Nephew of George K. Weber. [from "The Clearfield Progress," Clearfield, PA, Nov. 14, 1938.].)
Wilson, Alfred
(Miner, Assistant Foreman ca.1951, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA. [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA, April 27, 1951.].)
Wilson, Thomas James
(Miner, Power Superintendent ca.1948, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 59, married, wife Sarah Powell Wilson, 7 children.);
(Died of a heart attack while at work at the Helvetia Mine, March 26, 1948. [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA, March 27, 1948.].)
Wishaw, John
(Miner, ca.1932, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA, married, wife Mary Gmyrek Wishaw.)
[ X ]
[ Y ]
Yarchuk, Mike
(Miner, Loading Machine Operator ca.1944, Helvetia Mine, Clearfield Co., PA, Age 29, married, wife Nellie Troutman, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly when he was caught between a heavy fall of rock, in the Helvetia Mine, Jan. 27, 1944.  [from "The Clearfield Progress," Clearfield, PA, Jan. 28, 1944.].)
Yasenchuk, Alex
(Miner, ca.1930, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvatia Mines, Sept. 1930.)
Yorchick, Donaki
(Miner, ca.1944, Helvetia Mines, Clearfield Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Helvetia Mines, Jan., 1944.)
[ Z ]
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