Researching Coal Mines

Researching Coal Mines

PostBy: OMcHodoy On: Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:57 pm

I am a budding genealogist with many ancestors who were coal miners in Luzerne County (Pittston and Nanticoke areas). I am always amazed at all the information I find on the internet.

I hope this is considered an "on-topic" post; if not I apolgoize. I'm trying to identify a coal breaker in a picture from my grandmother's scrapbook. I'm pondering the possibility of it being the Truesdale Mine of the D.L.&W. RR Co. Coal Division, since my grandmother's 4 brothers reportedly worked there. But the picture of this mine that I found on the web today has a major difference than the picture I have in the height of the shaft coming off the building. There seems to be other traits to the web picture that may be similar to the one in my picture.

The picture I have is on my web blog, at http://www.omchodoy.blogspot.com on the entry dated 21 Feb 2006. There is also a link in the body of this entry to the Truesdale mine. If anyone can be of assistance it sure would be appreciated! I am also researching coal mine accidents, since 3 ancestors have died in the line of duty (the accident of which I have documented evidence of was the Butler accident near Pittston in 1938 in which my great-aunt's husband was killed. The other two I am looking into were the Baltimore #5 mine in 1928 and the Loomis Mine accident of 1924, since these dates match those of the deaths as reported to me).

Thanks!
OMcHodoy
 

PostBy: Mike Wilson On: Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:35 pm

Your link is broken, the comma was appended to the end. try this link instead:

http://www.omchodoy.blogspot.com/

-- Mike
Last edited by Mike Wilson on Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Mike Wilson
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker 90 DV
Stove/Furnace Model: Jøtul Kennebec Wood Insert

PostBy: AL-53 On: Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:51 pm

I fixed the original link..should work fine now...took the comma out....
AL-53
 


Re: Researching Coal Mines

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:29 pm

OMcHodoy wrote:I hope this is considered an "on-topic" post; if not I apolgoize.


Not really but I'll leave it since this part of the forum gets the most exposure.

I have a image of the Truesdale here:

Sorry but that is about all the help I can be for you. You can try here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/anthracitehistory/ There's a lot of genealogy buffs that frequent that group.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: OMcHodoy On: Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:37 pm

Thank you for your corrections. I must be losing my mind as I tried the links before submitting and both worked. I obviously did something after returning to the post to submit!

And thanks for hte link to the picture and yahoo (I hadn't seen that group before...so much information, so little time!).
OMcHodoy
 

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:45 pm

After comparing the two it appears they differ, specifically the conveyor belt line is lower in mine and the building itself differs. The images I have were gathered from my uncles collection and the names that were on the images were used. It's possible that I have the incorrect information or even that the images were taken at two different times... decades apart.

If you find out anything let me know.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: short On: Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:51 pm

You might want to try http://www.undergroundminers.com some good pics on their site.
short