Motivation. Ingenuity. Perseverance. Resilience. These character traits are found in all of our “Miner Recollections.” They seem to rise from the coal miner’s desire to “take care of family” in a time when assistance programs were not available for those in need of housing, heat, food, and income. George Miller was born in 1859 and
Fayette County, PA. June 16, 1890 A MINE HORROR: THIRTY-ONE MINERS OR MORE MEET A TERRIBLE FATE. The Explosion One of the Most Disastrous Ever Recorded in the Coke Region’s History. DUNBAR, PA., June 16 – This morning at 11:10 a sullen shivering roar shook the lowly miners’ dwellings on the Hill Farm, in Fayette
John Keiling was born in Maryland on November 28, 1880, the son of German immigrant Christian Keiling (1837-1924) and Rose/Rosa Cutter Keiling (1845-1927.) John was the seventh of their nine children. He married Isabella Dudley and soon started a family of his own. In 1910, John, a coal miner, and Isabella were living on Welsh
The Adopt a Miner Project has really opened my eyes to the plight and sacrifice of our mining families. I have read over 555 fatal accident reports in my research for this project. It’s made me sad, made me cry and made me proud to be a coal miner’s granddaughter. In my research, I’ve come
In the movie “The Ten Commandments”, the misty plague of death crept under doorways and through windows of every house not marked by lamb’s blood. In the first half of the 20th century, this deadly mist seeped into coal-mining homes from Barrellville to Westernport, suffocating those who served as husbands, fathers, and sons. Noah M.