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 FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1869
P. F. M’ANDREW, CLERK
Column information: Date; name of persons killed; names of collieries where killed at; manner and cause of death
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/
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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…a comrade..
(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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