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Coal Miners Memorial
Montour No. 1 Mine,
Montour No. 2 Mine,

Southview & Pitco,
Mt. Pleasant Twp.,
Washington County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Montour No. 1 & 2 Mines, Washington County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Feb. 19, 2010

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Montour No. 1 & No. 2 Mines


Following is a partial list of the miners, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Montour No. 1 & No. 2 Mines, Southview, Pitco, Mt. Pleasant Twp., 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
MONTOUR NO. 1 & NO. 2 MINES
[ A ]
Akers, M. N.
(Coal & Iron Police, Sergeant ca.1929, Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA. [from the "Brownsville Telegraph," Brownsville, PA, Oct. 21, 1929.].)
Armstrong, J. M.
(General Superintendent, ca.1917, Pittsburgh Coal Company, Montour No. 1 Mine, Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
[ B ]
Bastine, Paulen
(French Miner, Pick Miner ca.1916, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 46, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of roof while making a fall on pillar work. Special attention was not given to this work as required by the law, in the Montour No. 1 Mine, Dec. 4, 1916.)
Bennett, Adrian
(French Miner Boy, Machine Miner ca.1917, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 17, single.);
(Injured.  Ankle fractured.  He jumped out of a moving man trip and fell under the mine cars on parting, in the Montour No. 1 Mine, Nov. 8, 1917.)
Berri, Agelo
(Italian Miner, Machine Runner ca.1917, Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 28, single.);
(Killed.  Electrocuted.  He had just finished cutting a room when he touched the brush holder of the machine.  The scraper connected the positive wire of the cable to the negative side of the zeel, which charged the brush holder, in the  Montour No. 2 Mine, July 20, 1917.)
Blackledge, Harry
(Superintenent, ca.1917, of the Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA.)
Bock, John
(Slavonian Miner, Michine Miner ca.1917, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 47, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by  a fall of coal while drilling a hole near the face of a pillar, in the Montour No. 1 Mine, Jan. 4, 1917.)
Burns, Howard
(Superintendent, ca.1916, ca.1917, of the Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA.)
[ C ]
Cadamore, James
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1916, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 56, married, 1 child.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured.  He was hauling water at night with a water box and mule.  The mule kicked him off the front end of the water car on an entry and the car ran over him.  He was found under the car by the fire boss while making his first round, in the Montour No. 1 Mine, Sept. 12, 1916.  He died Sept. 15, 1916.)
Cham, John
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1917, Montour No.1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Injured.   Great toe and foot injured between mine cars on an entry when another driver ran into his trip, in the Montour No. 1 Mine, Nov. 30, 1917.)
Childres, Herbert
(Black Miner, ca.1929, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 27.);
(Arrested by the Coal & Iron Police in a near riot at Montour No. 1, Southview, Washington Co., PA, Oct. 20, 1929. [from the Brownsville Telegraph, Oct. 21, 1929.].)
Cooper, William
(American Miner, Mule Driver ca.1917, Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 32, single.);
(Injured.  Hips badly squeezed between a mine car and a rib on the narrow side of an entry, in the Montour No. 2 Mine, July 17, 1917.)
Costelli, Joseph
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1917, Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 26, single.);
(Injured.  Pelvic bone fractured by a fall of slate at th eface of a pillar, in the Montour No. 2 Mine, Jan. 19, 1917.)
[ D ]
Donaldson, Thomas
(Coal & Iron Police, Private ca.1929, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA. [from the Brownsville Telegraph, Oct. 21, 1929.].)
[ E ]
[ F ]
[ G ]
Gardner, Albert
(American Miner, Brakeman ca.1917, Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 21, single.);
(Injured.  Seriously injured in groin when empty mine cars were wrecked at a side track switch, in the Montour No. 2 Mine, July 21, 1917.)
Gazvoda, Frank
(Miner, ca.1929, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA.);
(Brother-in-law of Henry Joseph Vincenty, Miner.)
[ H ]
[ I ]
[ J ]
[ K ]
Kalm, Matt
(Austrian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 39, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured.  Struck by a post that was knocked out by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Montour No. 1 Mine, June 22, 1917.)
Kieis, John
(Hungarian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 39, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of coal while setting mine posts at the face of a pillar, in the Montour No. 1 Mine, Jan. 20, 1917.)
Kovac, Paul
(Austrian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1917, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 37, married.);
(Injured.  Pelvic bone fractured. Squeezed between mine cars, in the Montour No.1 Mine, Sept. 21, 1917.)
[ L ]
Lehrue, Peter
(American Miner, Machine Runner ca.1917, Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 23, married.);
(Injured.  Injured internally by a fall of coal while cutting a rib, in the Montour No. 2 Mine, Feb. 23, 1917.)
Lucas, J. B.
(Coal & Iron Police, Private ca.1929, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA.);
(Injured.  Injured in a near riot at Montour No. 1, Southview, Washington Co., PA, Oct. 20, 1929.[from the Brownsville Telegraph, Oct. 21, 1929.].)
[ M ]
[ N ]
[ O ]
[ P ]
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Ramoski, John
(Polish Miner, Machine Scraper ca.1917, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 25, single.);
(Injured.  Foot cut off when he slipped from the frame of the machine into the moving chain at the face of an entry, in the Montour No. 1 Mine, May 18, 1917.)
Rora, Martin
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1917, Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of roof while drawing mine posts at the face of a pillar, in the Montour No. 2 Mine, March 20, 1917.)
Rotan, Herbert
(Black Miner, ca.1929, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 45.);
(Arrested by the Coal & Iron Police in a near riot at Montour No. 1, Southview, Washington Co., PA, Oct. 20, 1929.[from the Brownsville Telegraph, Oct. 21, 1929.].)
Roussell, Jules B.
(French Miner, Manager of the Federal Supply Company ca.1905, Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA.)
[ S ]
Schayes, Gregory
(Belgian Miner, Company Man ca.1917, Montour No.1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 52, married, 1 child.);
(Killed. Instantly killed by a fall of roof from a side entry.  He started to remove a fall without examining the place, when a large flake from the side fell and caught him, in the Montour No. 1 Mine, July 26, 1917.)
Schluederberg, George W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1916, Pittsburgh Coal Company, Montour No. 1 & No. 2 Mines, Washington Co., PA.)
Smith, Howard
(Black Miner, ca.1929, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 42.);
(Arrested by the Coal & Iron Police in a near riot at Montour No. 1, Southview, Washington Co., PA, Oct. 20, 1929.[from the Brownsville Telegraph, Oct. 21, 1929.].)
Steinheiser, George
(Superintendent, ca.1916, of the Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA.)
Stokes, James
(Miner, ca.1917, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, married, 3 children.);
(Lived in Hawk Run, PA.)
[ T ]
[ U ]
[ V ]
Vincenty, Henry Joseph
(Miner, Hoist House Operating Engineer ca.1929, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, married.);
(He was on strike at the Montour No 1 mine in Southview , PA when the miners riot occurred on October 20, 1929. He worked in the hoist house as an operating engineer, running and caring for the machinery. He never went back after the strike, moved to the Muse Mine, Cecil Twp., Washington Co., PA sometime around 1930.);
(Brother-in-law of Frank Gazvoda, miner.)
[ W ]
Williams, Frank
(American Miner, Motorman ca.1917, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 30, married, 2 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed.  He was running a motor around a curve on the face entry with the trolley pole ahead and across, when it left the wire and caught the rib side and pinned him against the controller, in the Montour No. 1 Mine, July 9, 1917.)
[ X ]
[ Y ]
Yablonsky, Stanley
(Russian Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Montour No. 2 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 33, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of slate at the face of an entry, in the Montour No. 2 Mine, Nov. 14, 1917.)
Young, William "Straw Hat"
(Black Miner, ca.1929, Montour No. 1 Mine, Washington Co., PA, Age 40.);
(Killed.  Killed by the Coal & Iron Police in a near riot at Montour No. 1, Southview, Washington Co., PA, Oct. 20, 1929.[from the "Brownsville Telegraph," Brownsville, PA, Oct. 21, 1929.].)
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