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Coal Miners Memorial
Cascade Mine & Coke Works,
Cascade Shaft Mine,

Sykesville,
Winslow Twp.,
Jefferson County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Sept. 9, 2010

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Cascade Mines & Coke Works


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees, coke workers and company store employees that worked the Cascade Mines & Coke Works, Sykesville, Jefferson 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
CASCADE MINE & COKE WORKS
[ A ]
[ B ]
Bell, Samuel
(Lithuanian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1905, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 40, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of mine roof, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, July 7, 1905.  He was cutting coal with his mining machine, when a piece of rock fell away from a slip and caught him.  He died July 10, 1905.)
Brown, John
(Miner, Fire Boss ca.1911, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA.)
Budner, Alex
(Miner, ca.1917, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Cascade Mine, April, 1917.)
Burkheit, Will
(American Miner, Employee ca.1905, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Injured.  Leg cut and teeth knocked out by a fall of mine roof, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, Feb. 24, 1905.)
[ C ]
Carlson, David
(Miner, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, married.)
Carlson, John Walter
(Miner, Fire Boss ca.1925, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 41.):
(Killed. He was caught under a fall of rock in a mine heading and killed instantly, in the Cascade Mine, Jan. 25, 1925.);
(b. Nov. 1, 1884 - Jan. 25, 1925.)
Chesney, Thomas
(Miner, 1919, Cascade Coal Company, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 40 or 44, married, 5 children.);
(Killed.  While working in a room a large section of rock fell from the roof, striking him on the head and crushed him to a pulp, in the Cascade Mine, June 3, 1919. It was with difficulty that the body was removed.  He lived in Sykesville, PA. [from the "DuBois Courier," DuBois, PA, Thursday, June 5, 1919.].)
Chicoll, Congesti
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Chicoll, Dominic
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Christopher, Bard
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Abdomen crushed by a fall of fire clay roof, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, July 31, 1905.)
Conrad, Grover
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
[ D ]
Deemer, George S.
(Miner, Cascade Mine, Sykesville, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(George Deemer had also worked at the Soldier Mine, Jefferson Co., PA.  He was killed in the Soldier Mine, July , 1933.  Lived in Central Paradise, PA.  Interred in Yohe Cemetery.  [from the "Sykesville Post Dispatch," Sykesville, PA, July 14, 1933.].);
Dominic, Antonio
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905 -1937, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 64, married, wife Rose Domico Dominic, 6 children.);
(He also worked at the Soldier Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(b. Jan. 17, 1872 - d. Jan., 1937.)
[ E ]
[ F ]
[ G ]
Gad, C.C.
(General Superintendent, ca.1905, Cascade Coal & Coke Company, Sykesville, PA, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(See also: Gadd, C. C.)
Gadd, C. C.
(Superintendent, ca.1904, ca.1906, of the Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, for Cascade Coal & Coke Company, Sykesville, PA.);
(General Superintendent, ca.1906, Cascade Coal & Coke Company, Sykesville, PA, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(See also: Gad, C. C.)
Gasper, Nick
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Gasper, Rock
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Gillis, Surretta
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Glonenk, Wal
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 26, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, March 29, 1905.)
Grassi, Al
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
[ H ]
Haddick, J. W.
(Miner, ca.1906, Sykesville, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Passed his examination for Mine Foreman, First Grade ca.1906.  Certificate issued ca.1906.)
Hanion, John
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1906, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 26, married.);
(Injured.  Foot crushed.  In coming out of a heading he made a mistep, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, Oct. 26, 1906.  Accident unavoidable.)
Heek, George
([Name as listed in the "New York Times ," New York, NY, article, July , 17, 1911.],  See: Hook, George.)
Heek, John
([Name as listed in the "New York Times ," New York, NY, article, July , 17, 1911.], See: Hook, John.)
Hook, George
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.);
(See also:  Heek, George.  [Name as listed in the "New York Times ," New York, NY, article, July , 17, 1911.].)
Hook, John
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.);
(See also:  Heel, John.  [Name as listed in the "New York Times ," New York, NY, article, July , 17, 1911.].)
Hovechico, Mike
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
Jakopac, Walter
(Croatian Miner, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, married, wife Eva Skvortz Jakopac, 3 children.);
(Lived in a coal company house on Main Street, Sykesville, PA.);
(Immigrated to the United States, ca.1913, at the age of 19.);
(d. ca.1978.)
Judd, H. E.
(Superintendent, ca.1905, of the Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, for Cascade Coal & Coke Company.)
Judd, H. E.
(American Miner, Employee ca.1905, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of mine roof, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, Feb. 24, 1905.)
[ K ]
Karynak, Andy
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Knapp, Gus
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 29, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of mine roof, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, Oct. 17, 1905.)
Kurutz, Mike
(Miner, ca.1918, Sykesville Mines, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 33, 5 children.)
[ L ]
Liberat, Felix
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 26, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, Oct. 31, 1906.  Due to his own carelessness.)
Long, J. E.
(Miner, Hoisting Engineer, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Enployed as the hoisting Engineer at the Cascade Mine for 36 years.  Hoisted the first mine car when the mine opened and the last mine car, when the mine closed.)
[ M ]
Marian, Ralph
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Massiock, John
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Sykesville, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
McDonald, Nicholas
(Scotish Miner, ca.1919, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(d. 1927.);
(Immigrated from Lochgelly, Scotland ca.1886.)
McKee, Norman
(Miner, ca.1920, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, July, 1920.)
Mehitisko, Mike
(Slavonian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1905, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Body squeezed between mine cars, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, July 17, 1905.)
Mesio, John
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Morrell, William
(Miner, ca.1929, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, married, 1 child.);
(Injured.  Seriously injured when his head struck the roof, as he was riding a motor out of the shaft.  It is believed that he was thrown against the roof by the jolt of the motor while it was traveling along the main heading.  He was suffering from injuries of the head, while his entire body was paralyzed below the neck. [from the "Indiana Evening Gazette," Indiana, PA,  Aug. 6, 1929.].)
Mucci, Carmine
(Miner, ca.1917, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Cascade Mines, Nov. 1917.)
[ N ]
Nadji, Iznatz
(Miner, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, married.)
[ O ]
O'Hara, William
(Irish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Cascade Shaft Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 46, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of coal, in the Cascade Shaft Mine, Nov. 10, 1905.)
[ P ]
Patkavich, Frank
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Patterson, Arthur B.
(Miner, ca.1927, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Cascade Mines, Dec., 1927.)
Pavelick, Andy
([Name as listed in the "New York Times ," New York, NY, article, July , 17, 1911.], See: Pavolick, Andy.)
Pavelick, Nick
([Name as listed in the "New York Times ," New York, NY, article, July , 17, 1911.], See: Pavolick, Nick.)
Pavolick, Andy
(Miner Boy, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 15.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(See also: Pavelick, Andy.  [Name as listed in the "New York Times ," New York, NY, article, July , 17, 1911.].);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.) 
Pavolick, Nick
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(See also: Pavelick, Nick.  [Name as listed in the "New York Times ," New York, NY, article, July , 17, 1911.].);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Putti, Clementee
(Miner, ca.1917, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Cascade Mines, March, 1917.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Rupert, G. E.
(Miner, Hoisting Engineer, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Worked as the hoisting Engineer for 36 years.)
[ S ]
Sandis, Plivo
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Senko, M. N.
(See: Senko, Nicholas.)
Senko, Mikoloy
(See: Senko, Nicholas.)
Senko, Nicolaus
(See: Senko, Nicholas.)
Senko, Nicholas
(Slovak Miner, ca.1910, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, married, wife Anna Fecko Senko.);
(Name Changed to Sanko, Nicholas ca.1930's.);
(Worked at the Conifer Mine, Jeffferson Co., PA, and the Sidney Mine before coming to the Cascade Mine.)
Sheesley, George
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Shema, Joseph
(Miner Boy, ca.1923, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, Age 19.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Cascade Mine, Nov., 1923
Sloff, Mike
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
Spencer, William
(Miner, ca.1911, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in an explosion of gas and dust, in the Cascade Mine, July 15, 1911.);
(Cascade Mine Disaster of July 15, 1911.)
[ T ]
Taylor, Louis
(Miner, ca.1913, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, on the Cascade Tipple, Outside the Cascade Mine, July, 1913.)
[ U ]
[ V ]
Venture, John
(Miner, Cascade Mine, Jefferson Co., PA, married, wife Agnes Choffin Venture.);
(John Venture worked at the Cascade Mine & the Kramer Mine until they closed, retired Armagost Steel Corp.);
(b. Feb. 26, 1909 in Sykesville, PA - d. March 18, 2010, in Dubois, PA.);
(Interred at Sykesville Memorial Park, Sykesville, PA.)
Visnesky, John
(Miner, ca.1917, Cascade Mines, Jefferson Co., PA.);
(Killed.  Killed in a mining accident, in the Cascade Mines, April, 1917.)
[ W ]
[ X ]
[ Y ]
[ Z ]
Zimmerman, W. M.
(Miner, Cascade Mine Jefferson Co., PA.);
(He dug the first shovelful of earth when the shaft was sunk in ca.1902, and has been with the firm continuously since that time as a cager, at the bottom of the shaft.)

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