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Children Killed in Mining Accidents

14-Year-Old Children Killed in Anthracite Mines from 1899-1913

Records listed by victim in alphabetical order
Year Date Last Name First Name Age Occupation Mine/Operation Cause of Death
1905 03/29 Allen Edward 14 slate picker Hammond killed by machinery
1906 12/07 Betska John 14 slate picker North Franklin killed by cars
1899 10/18 Bevan Frederick 14 door boy Parrish car ran over him
1902 11/12 Bierwick Charles 14 slate picker Mountain Lake killed by breaker machinery
1908 08/13 Bilko John 14 slate picker Northwest struck by piece of hopper
1904 09/01 Boland Francis 14 slate picker Prospect Breaker killed by machinery
1901 12/27 Boylan John 14 slate picker Henry Clay caught in machinery
1903 02/21 Breaskie William 14 laborer Ellangowan killed in breaker
1901 12/13 Brogan John 14 driver Laws Shaft killed by cars
1900 06/30 Cauley Michael 14 loader Richardson killed by cars
1899 04/05 Clark John 14 door boy Old Forge No. 2 fell under a car
1903 08/17 Comyock John 14 slate picker Enterprise killed by breaker machinery
1913 02/10 Coyne Joe 14 slate picker Greenwood killed by cars
1910 04/14 Edwards Willard 14 slate picker Dodge killed by machinery
1904 06/24 Euradine Arthur 14 slate picker Central killed by breaker machinery
1903 02/19 Fairfield W. J. 14 driver Gypsy Grove fell down shaft
1906 07/13 Fetcheo Frank 14 slate picker Storrs No. 1 drowned
1905 05/05 Foggarty Joseph 14 chute tender Green Ridge Breaker smothered in coal pockets
1903 12/15 Frantz Abe 14 slate picker Roberts killed by machinery
1901 12/04 Fry Charles 14 chute tender Hickory Ridge fell on rolling shaft
1901 12/07 Gallagher Frank 14 slate picker Highland No. 2 killed by cars
1908 08/08 Gentle Nicholas 14 slate picker Nag Aug killed by machinery
1902 02/26 Gibbon Thomas 14 door boy Stanton No. 7 killed by cars
1905 05/18 Gillespie Frank 14 slate picker White Oak killed by small locomotive
1913 10/02 Giultz Frank 14 slate picker Newcastle suffocated in breaker
1899 10/13 Graham Joseph 14 slate picker Cayuga Breaker smothered by coal
1899 10/23 Hope William 14 door boy Nottingham explosion of gas
1900 08/14 Hubler William 14 slate picker Lytle fell into scraper line
1903 08/13 Humbury Merl 14 slate picker Lykens killed by breaker machinery
1905 02/27 Jefferies David 14 bell boy Avoca Breaker killed by machinery
1906 10/11 Jordan James 14 slate picker Brisbin killed by machinery
1899 06/06 Kane John 14 door boy Pennsylvania No. 5 squeezed between cars & door
1910 05/24 Kanyack Mike 14 jig runner Jeddo No. 4 killed by cars
1899 05/15 Kitchen George 14 door boy Buttonwood fall of rock
1907 07/18 Kozlowskie Pius 14 slate picker Kehley's Run killed by machinery
1899 07/08 Kuscavich John 14 slate picker Stevens Breaker fell from roof of breaker
1907 07/22 Langan William 14 slate picker Fernwood Breaker killed by falling
1902 03/05 Lee Andrew 14 slate picker Jermyn killed by machinery
1899 12/08 Locoshaki John 14 door boy Delaware Shaft caught between cage & cribbing
1901 08/30 Markle Jacob 14 scraper feeder Hickory Ridge caught in scraper line
1899 01/23 Matthews Joseph 14 flag boy Bear Valley caught between wagon & top rock
1901 08/30 McCormick James 14 door boy Kohinoor fell down shaft
1901 04/18 McGarvey John 14 slate picker Spring Mountain killed by car
1909 11/03 Morelock Joseph 14 slate picker Stevens Breaker killed by machinery
1908 11/16 Novak Wadik 14 slate picker No. 6 killed by machinery
1900 06/26 Rowett Howard 14 slate picker Louise Breaker run over by cars
1909 07/09 Russler Roland 14   Coal Brook killed by cars
1905 07/22 Saymon Felix 14 slate picker Oak Hill smothered in coal pocket
1900 07/23 Shiner Andrew 14 slate picker Eckley caught between car & timber
1901 03/15 Simmers John 14 door boy Alden fell down shaft
1901 01/12 Sliker James 14 slate picker West End killed by breaker machinery
1899 12/06 Smith Albert 14 oiler Highland No. 5 caught between cars
1906 06/29 Sweeney John 14 slate picker Plymouth No. 3 killed by electricity
1899 09/16 Taylor John 14 door boy Pancoast run over by car
1906 11/07 Unafare George 14 slate picker Wolf Creek killed by machinery
1900 07/17 Uncanchey Joseph 14 slate picker Indian Ridge fell into breaker machinery
1902 02/20 Wall John 14 slate picker Lansford No. 4 killed in breaker machinery
1900 02/09 Walsh William 14 driver Nay Aug Slope fell under cars
1906 10/30 Ward John 14 slate picker Ellangowan killed by machinery
1905 12/05 Ward Michael 14 slate picker Mt. Jessup killed by machinery
1908 11/02 Weber William 14 slate picker Bear Valley killed by machinery
Source: Pennsylvania Anthracite Mine Accidents, 1899-1913 Excel File Download  Excel Format



Source: PA Anthracite Accidents 1899-1913
  • 14-year-olds 61 killed, 147 injured
  • 15-year-olds 91 killed, 216 injured
  • 16-year-olds 159 killed, 462 injured
  • 17-year-olds 210 killed, 662 injured
Source: PA Anthracite Accidents 1914-1923
  • 14-year-olds 5 killed, 23 injured
  • 15-year-olds 9 killed, 58 injured
  • 16-year-olds 59 killed, 268 injured
  • 17-year-olds 106 killed, 447 injured
Source: PA Anthracite Accidents 1924-1932
  • 14-year-olds 0 killed, 0 injured
  • 15-year-olds 0 killed, 1 injured
  • 16-year-olds 1 killed, 31 injured
  • 17-year-olds 23 killed, 118 injured
Totals for the Period 1899 - 1932
Killed   724
Injured   2,433




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