Eugene “Gene” Garlitz and his wife, Margaret Ann “Maggie” (Seckman) Garlitz always considered Westernport, MD to be their home. 1894 proved to be an eventful year for the young family. Their daughter, Ida Mae, became a big sister to their newborn son Floyd Garlitz in August. The violent coal miner’s strike in the George’s Creek
Norman Russell Michael, born July 23, 1885, was the second son of Horace and Mary Martha (Fazenbaker) Michael. The parents were blessed with seven sons and two daughters. In 1910, Horace, age 50, and sons Walter, 24, Norman, 22, Edward, 21 and Benjamin, 20 worked in the underground mines of Piedmont, WV and Westernport, MD.