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1869 Annual Report of the Inspectors of Mines


For 9 months ending December 31, 1869





A LIST OF MORTALITY IN AND ABOUT THE MINES OF THE COUNTY OF SCHUYLKILL



P. F. McANDREW, CLERK

Column information:  Date; name of persons killed; names of collieries where killed at; manner and cause of death

1869

May 7     JOHN GLINN, Plank Bridge.  Fall of coal in the mines.



May 24   JOHN MALEY, Glen Carbon Slope.  Log rolling on his head.



June 15   ELLIS JOHNSON, Wadesville Shaft.  Fall of 102 feet in the shaft



June 16   JOHN THOMAS, Plank Bridge.  Fall of coal in the mines,



June 16   JAMES BURKE, Furnace Mines.  Fall of coal in the gangway.



June 16   DAVID JONES, Glen Carbon.  Fell in the screens at breaker.



June 25   THOMAS JOHNSON, Plank Bridge.  Coal rolling on him in mines.



July 2      JOHN CLARK, Glen Carbon.  Fall of coal in the mines.



July 2      JOHN BROWN, Otto White Ash.  Fall of coal in the mines.



July 3      THOMAS RUSSEL, Hill & Harris's.  Fall of coal in the mines.



July 2      GEORGE DUTCHELL, Glen Carbon.  Fall of coal - lost of leg - died 26th/

(note:  this entry is out of sequence)



July 10    WM. CLARK, Eagle Hill.  Fell 100 feet down the shaft.



July 10    JOHN DELANEY, Eagle Hill.  Fell 100 feet down this shaft.



July 16    GEORGE GALLAHER, East Mt. Laffey.  Fall of coal in the mines.



July 16    WM. ULRICK, SR., Near Ashland.  Explosion of powder in mines.



July 16    WM. ULRICK, JR., Near Ashland.  Explosion of powder in mines.



July 22    NICHOLAS HARRIS, Focht's Mines.  Rupture in pushing wagons.



July 24    WILLIAM LONG, Fowler's Slope.  Crushed by fall of coal.



July 26    PETER CONAHAN, Whitstone & Wood's.  Crushed in the pump bob pit.



July 27    JOHN M'NULTY, Silver Brook.  Fell off cage in shaft.



July 30    DANIEL WOODHALL, M'Neal's Slope. Fall of coal in the mines.



July 30    PATRICK MURPHY, Glenville Eagle Hill.  Premature explosion of powder.



Aug 6     JAMES KEATTING, Wadlinger's.  Expl'n of gas and powder in mines.



Aug 13   JAMES CONNER, Hickory Colliery.  Fell 50 feet from breaker window.



Aug 13  JACOB SCHWARTZ,  Cameron, Fall of rocks in the mines



Aug 16   JOHN E. WOOD, Hill & Harris's.  Caught in belts and crushed.



Aug 17   WILLIAM WALTERS, Brookside.  Caught in belts and crushed.



Aug 21   MICHAEL DUGGAN, Glen Carbon.  Fell in slope by the rope breaking.



Aug 24   THOS. BRADBERRY, Whitstone & Wood's.  Premature explosion of powder.



Sept 1     DAVID DAVIS, Union Colliery.  Fall of coal in the mines .



Sept 7     PATRICK COYNE, Ostirman's Colliery.  Fell in counter schute 150 ft @ 85 deg. dip.



Sept 8     WM. KAVANAGH, Ostirman's Colliery.  Fell off cage in slope by slipping.



Sept 10   MAT' W DONOHOE, Bethlehem Colliery.  Fall of coal while resting.



Sept 20   RICHARD BARRETT, Shenandoah, Colliery.  Fall of coal in the mines.



Sept 20   ROBERT FINLEY, Swatara Colliery.  Fell into rollers at breaker.



Sept 24   JOS. DETTYONGE, Eagle Colliery.  Fall of coal in the mines.



Sept 30   PHILIP TULLIS, Chuyler Colliery.  Slow blast in the mines



Oct 2       PHILIP VOULES, Chuyler Colliery.  Premature discharge of blast.



Oct 15     JAMES O'BRIEN, Silliman's Colliery.  Piece coal from blast 42 yards in gangway.



Oct 20     WM. WILLIAMS, Glen Carbon Colliery.  Fall of coal in the mines.



Oct 24     FRANK WATERS,  Greenwood Colliery.  Explosion of powder - died on 29th.



Oct 25     JAMES COURTNEY, East Mahanoy Colliery.  Fall of coal in the mines.



Oct 28     THOMAS LEWIS, Pine Knot Colliery.  Crushed by the cage in the slope.



Oct 30     ROBERT RECH, Donaldson Colliery.  Crushed between drift wagons.



Oct 30     HENRY OKELEY, Maple Dale Colliery.  Fall of top slate in mines.



Nov 10   SAM'L WESTWOOD, St. Clair Colliery.  Skull crushed by the elevator.



Nov 18   M. O'BRIEN. Taylorville Colliery.  Boiler house falling on him



Nov 22   JAS. M'DONALD, Lost Creek Colliery.  Crushed between schute and wagons.



Nov 22   JOS. M'DONOUGH, Shenandoah Colliery.  Run over by wagons in mines.



Dec 1      WM. O'NEIL, Pine Knot Colliery.  Explosion of powder in mines.



Dec 11    ROBERT PATERECK, Maple Dale Colliery.  Run over by wagon in mines.



Dec 13    WM. WILLIAMS, Mine Hill Gap Colliery.  Explosion of gas in mines.



Dec 14    JOHN BIRD, Gilberton Colliery.  Fell in slope, log overbalance cage.



Dec 14    JOHN FELLOWS, Gilberton Colliery.  Fell in slope, log overbalance cage.





(Note:  At end of this report is summary). 



56 persons killed.

Of the above named persons that were killed, 22 were killed by falls of coal; 1 was killed by fall of rocks; 13 were killed by falls in slopes shafts and crushed in them; 4 were killed by falls in rollers and caught in screens; 2 were killed by explosions of gas in the mines; 9 were killed by explosions of powder in the mines; 5 were killed by various sorts of accidents; total killed 56, leaving 30 widows; average number of orphans, about 150.

This report was contributed by Cheryl Whiteash and transcribed by Shirley E. Ryan
Transcribed by Shirley E. Ryan, February 1, 2000



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