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Coal Miners Memorial
Black Diamond Mine,

Black Diamond, Monongahela,
Washington County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Aug. 16, 2010

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, Blackdiamond, Monongahela, Washington 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
[ A ]
Armstrong, J. M.
(General Superintendent, ca.1917, Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
Ash, Mr.
(Miner, ca.1901, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, married.  [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home Records.].)
[ B ]
Bedoney, Carlo
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured. Leg broken by a fall of coal, in the Black Diamond Mine, June 1, 1903.)
Blackburn, O. A.
(General Superintendent, ca.1900, ca.1903, for Monongahela River Consolidated Coal & Coke Company, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
Blasick, Antonio
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 40, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, June 7, 1906.)
Bobak, Adam
(Slavonian Miner, ca.1920's, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, married, wife Anna Nobak.);
(They eventually settled across the river in Brookdale, PA.)
Brandon, Henry
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 60, single.);
(Injured.  Ankle injured by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, March 8, 1903.)
[ C ]
Chaperoui, John
(Lithuanian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1909, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 34, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of roof at the face of a pillar, in the Black Diamond Mine, July 16, 1909.)
Collins, Edward
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Hip injured by being caught between a mine car and a mule, in the Black Diamond Mine, Dec. 21, 1906.)
Collins, John
(American Miner, Roadsman ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 38, single.);
(Injured.  Leg injured by mine cars, in the Black Diamond Mine, Nov. 18, 1903.)
Cooley, George
(Miner, ca.1894, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.);
(Killed. George Cooley, of this place was killed near Black Diamond mine by a McDonald coal train last Saturday night. The train hands took the remains on to McDonald where they were taken charge of by Rogers & Griffin.  [from the "McDonald Outlook," McDonald, PA, Sept. 22, 1894.].)
Cothrey, Jonathan
(Miner, Fire Boss ca.1900, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
Coutts, James
(Scotch Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, Aug. 13, 1906.)
[ D ]
Dalola, Antonio
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1918, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, married, 1 child.);
(Killed.  He came in contact with a live electric wire, and was electrocuted, in the Black Diamond Mine, Jan. 28, 1918.)
Demoel, Joseph
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1912, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 38, single.);
(Injured.  Burned by an explosion of powder while adjusting track near the face of a room, in the Black Diamond Mine, June 5, 1912.  Explosion caused by James France.)
Dezzati, Sam
(Italian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of roof while loading a mine car at the face of a pillar, in the Black Diamond Mine, Nov. 5, 1917.)
[ E ]
Evans, John
(Welsh Miner, Mule Driver ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Hip injured by being caught between a mine car and mule, in the Black Diamond Mine, Oct. 30, 1906.)
Evans, Morgan
(English Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Hip injured by being caught between a mine car and a rib, in the Black Diamond Mine, March 23, 1904.)
[ F ]
Fracatch, John
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Back injured by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, May 6, 1904.)
Frain, Thomas
(English Miner, Mule Driver ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 25, married.);
(Injured.  Abdomen injured by a fall of roof, in tthe Black Diamond Mine, April 27, 1906.)
France, James
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1912, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Burned by igniting black powder with an open lamp at the face of a room while withdrawing a cartridge from a shot hole, in the Black Diamond Mine, June 5, 1912.)
[ G ]
Gardy, Charles
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 36, single.);
(Injured.  Leg injured by a fall of roof coal, in the Black Diamond Mine, April 22, 1904.)
Godfrey, Benjamin
(English Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Black Diamong Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 48, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken above the knee by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, Dec. 15, 1905.)
Goleskey, Alexander
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 37, single.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, Aug. 14, 1906.)
Goleskey, Antonio
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
Greene, William
(Miner, ca.1904, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.);
(Prosecuted for Violations of Mining Laws:  William Greene, prosecuted for passing a danger signal in the Black Diamond mine and entering a place not in actual course of working.  Sentence being a fine and imprisonment.)
Gregory, George Thomas
(Miner, during World War II, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, married, wife Edith Marie Ohler Gregory.);
(Lived in Monongahela, PA & Finleyville, PA.);
(George Gregory also worked at the Mathies Mine, Montour No. 4 Mine, Westland Mine, Washington Co., PA.);
(b. April 24, 1914 - d. Jan. 12, 2001.);
(Interred in West Newton Cemetery.)
[ H ]
Hallaran, Thomas
(Irish Miner, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
Henry, Celestine
(Miner, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, married.);
(b. ca.1871 - d. Jan. 3, 1930.)
Henry, Joseph
(Miner, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.);
(b. ca.1903 - d. March 9, 1982.);
(Son of Celestine Henry.)
Hornack, John
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Injured.  Compound fracture of the left leg.  Caught between a mine car and a rib, in the Black Diamond Mine, Jan. 12, 1906.)
Hornickle, Lute
(Superintendent, ca.1900, of the Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, for Monongahela River Consolidated Coal & Coke Company.)
Houston, Alexander
(Scottish Miner, ca.1914, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 65, married.);
(b. Aug. 31, 1849 - d. of Asthma Nov. 23, 1914.  Lived at Hayes Row, PA.  Interred at Calvary Cemetery. [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home records.].)
Hughes, Daniel
(Irish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1912, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 31, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of slate at the face of a room while loading coal, in the Black Diamond Mine, July 12, 1912.)
Hutchinson, William
(American Miner, Motor Man ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 29, married.);
(Injured.  Leg injured by being caught between a mine motor and a coal pillar, in the Black Diamond Mine, Aug.17, 1903.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
[ K ]
Keefer, W. W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1904, ca.1905, Monongahela River Consolidated Coal & Coke Company, Pittsburg, PA, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
Kennedy, Joseph
(English Miner, Machine Runner ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 28, married.);
(Injured.  Arm broken by a fall of slate, in the Blkack Diamond Mine, May 31, 1906.)
[ L ]
Ladelli, Morris
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1909, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Injured.  Foot and ankle injured by a fall of roof at the face of the working place, in the Black Diamond Mine, Aug. 19, 1909.)
Laville, Richard
(Bohemian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured.  Two ribs and pelvis broken by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, Nov. 25, 1905.)
Lepo, Joseph
(Polish Miner Boy, Mule Driver ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 16, single.);
(Injured.  Leg and thigh broken by a mine car running on him, in the Black Diamond Mine, Aug. 10, 1903.)
Linsley, Lance
(Superintendent, ca.1916, ca.1917, of the Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA.)
Louttit, James
(Superintendent, ca.1898, of the Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, for W. H. Brown Sons Company.)
Luskie, Frank
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Leg injured by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, Aug. 28, 1903.)
[ M ]
Martin, Joseph
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 52, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of roof coal, in the Black Diamond Mine, April 29, 1903.)
Matthews, Thomas
(Miner, Fire Boss ca.1900, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
McClay, Richard
(Scotch Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 29, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of roof coal, in the Black Diamond Mine, May 12, 1906.)
McDermott, John
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Hand injurted by being caught between a mine car whell and a sprag, in the Black Diamond Mine, Aug. 10, 1903.)
McVicker, John
(Superintendent, ca.1903, ca.1904, ca.1905, of the Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, for Monongahela River Consolidated Coal & Coke Company, Pittsburg, PA.)
Mentzer, Joseph, Sr.
(Miner, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, married.);
(b.Dec., 1861 - d.after 1948);
(Lived in Monongahela, in a section of town called Black Diamond.);
(In 1898, Joseph probably resided in Victory, Washington Co., PA.; but by 1903 he had moved to Monongahela  City, Washington Co., PA.)
Meyer, Henry
(German Miner, Fire Boss ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 33, married.);
(Injured.  Hip and side injured by mine cars, in the Black Diamond Mine, May 20, 1903.)
Miller, Joseph
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Right hand burned by an explosion of fire damp, in the Black Diamond Mine, July 20, 1903.)
Monjohn, Sander
(Slavonian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 32, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, May 6, 1904.)
[ N ]
Nevens, Joseph
(Miner, Mine Foreman ca.1900, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
Novah, John
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 42, married.);
(Injured.  Leg injured by being struck by a bar, in the Black Diamond Mine, June 22, 1903.)
[ O ]
[ P ]
Peinkoskey, Andrew
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Injured on the foot by a mine post, in the Black Diamond Mine, Feb. 18, 1898.)
Pellegrinno, Corrazo
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1900, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken;  Struck by a falling post, in the Black Diamond Mine, May 26, 1900.)
Pranzy, Jacob
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by being caught between a mine car and an entry pillar, in the Black Diamond Mine, April 5, 1904.)
Protenny, John
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 29, single.);
(Injured.  Toes injured by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, May 18, 1903.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Regan, Thomas
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 22, married.);
(Injured.  Foot injured by an empty mine car running on it, in the Black Diamond Mine, May 18, 1903.)
Renner, Lewis
(German Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 60, single.);
(Injured.  Body injured by being thrown against the rib by a mule, in the Black Diamond Mine, March 27, 1903.)
Residena, B.
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 27, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken in two places by being caught between mine cars, in the Black Diamond Mine, Feb. 12, 1906.)
Roder, Older
(French Miner, Pick Miner ca.1905, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 32, married.);
(Injured.  Arm broken by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, Feb. 22, 1905.)
Ross, Peter
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 38, married.);
(Injured.  Hands burned by an explosion of fire damp, in the Black Diamond Mine, July 20, 1903.)
Ruble, Frank
(Polish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Hips injured by  a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, Nov. 1, 1906.)
[ S ]
Salisky, Michael
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.  Head cut by running against a drill, in the Black Diamond Mine, April 21, 1904.)
Salusky, Alexander
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 30, single.);
(Injured.  Leg Injured by a fall of roof coal, in the  Black Diamond Mine, April 22, 1904.)
Sansom, Mr.
(Miner, ca.1897, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, married.  [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home Records.].)
Scheulumsky, Mr.
(Miner, ca.1909, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, married.  [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home Records.].)
Schleuderberg, George W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1916, Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
Scott, J. Edwin
(Miner, ca.1894, Black Diamond Mine, Carroll Twp., Washington Co., PA, Age 32.);
(Died.  Died of Typhoid Fever, Dec. 22, 1894.   Interred at Brownsville, PA.  [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home Records.].)
Spennelly, Antonia
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1906, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 22, married, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by a fall of coal and slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, July 24 1906.)
Stergeon, Julius
(Belgian Miner, Timberman ca.1912, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 40, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall ofslate on 0ne of the main passageways while preparing place to set timber, in the Black Diamond Mine, Oct. 7, 1912.)
[ T ]
Taylor, Thomas
(Superintendent, ca.1892, of the Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, for Thomas Taylor Company.)
Terniss, Edward
(American Miner, Pick Miner ca.1904, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Foot injured by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, March 21, 1904.)
Tranoskey, Michael
(Slavonian Miner Boy, Coal Loader ca.1903, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 17, single.);
(Injured.  Head, back and arm injured by a fall of slate, in the Black Diamond Mine, Sept. 26, 1903.)
[ U ]
Utell, Charles
(Lithuanian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1909, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Injured.  Back injured by a fall of roof at the face of a pillar, in the Black Diamond Mine, July 16, 1909.)
[ V ]
Vallet, Joseph
(Italian Miner Boy, Coal Loader ca.1909, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Injured.  Arm fractured by a fall of slate at the face of the working place, in the Black Diamond Mine, March 11, 1909.)
[ W ]
Webster, Louis
(American Miner, Dilly Trip Rider ca.1900, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 30, married.);
(Injured.  Arm crushed by being run over by mine cars, in the Black Diamond Mine, Jan. 22, 1900.  His arm was afterwards amputated.)
Welsh, Hiram
(Miner, ca.1900, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 38.);
(Died.  Died of Typhoid Fever May 23, 1900. Interred at McKeesport Cemetery.  [from the Bebout & Yohe Funeral Home records.].)
Witkoski, John
(Polish Miner, Mule Driver ca.1912, Black Diamond Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by coming in contact with an electric wire on one of the main entries of the mine while lifting a derailed mine car onto the track.  Voltage at generator 550 volst, in the Black Diamond Mine, Sept. 3, 1912.)
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