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 Post subject: Twin Shaft Site Grave Marker
PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:54 pm 
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Hello all. I'm hoping to possibly somehow get an ambitious project started. As you historians on here know, the Twin Shaft Disaster in 1896 that killed 58 men (located at Coxton Train Yard) is an awful event. What makes this even more disturbing of a disaster is that 58 men are entombed there for all eternity and don't have a grave marker. I'm sure some family members bought plots at local cemeteries, but no body was ever recovered of these men, nor ever will be due to the massive scale of the cave-in that killed these men and the subsequent mine pool flooding post abandonment. Not every family could probably even afford a plot for these men, especially since there were no bodies recovered. 58 men are a lot of souls to just leave without any formal burial plot marker, especially where the bodies physically are at rest. Sure, there's a historical PA blue sign that might grab your eye near the Coxton Yard, but there should be a tombstone with all 58 victim names on it. You can clearly see the depression near the main road that parallels Coxton Yard where the vertical shaft once was located. It has been back filled, but you can easily discern it. Perhaps a tombstone should be put near this depression where the shaft was once located. I reached out to the owner of the Reading Northern RR years ago asking if he'd do the gravestone as it is on his property, but I never received a reply. Even though these men are long gone, shaft has been removed since the 1950s, this seems like a project we should take on. Chris, maybe we can get your AMR, Inc. machine back into high gear with this project? It'd be a nice thing we could do for the new peace era! For real, you guys have all the contacts, huge knowledge on all these topics, and are a resourceful lot. Maybe even the NJ, CT guys could get involved or even any contacts from HBPS, etc. These men were buried alive with only oil wick lamps in their possession, what a hell none of us would want to even imagine. Sons and fathers both died together here.

MEN BURIED ALIVE ON JUNE 28, 1896

Michael J Langan, Survived by a wife and ten children
Michael T Lynott, Survived by a wife and seven children
Robert Haston, Single
Daniel Ward, Survived by a wife and three children
Alexander T McCormick, Survived by a wife and nine children
Thomas Tenpenny, Survived by a wife and four children
James Wall, Survived by a wife and eight children
James Costello,Survived by a wife and seven children
Thomas Wall, son of above James
M.J. Burke
Patrick Kelly
Michael Gaughan, Single
John Hart, single
Michael Connell, Single
James Burke, Single
Frank Kehoe, Single
John Kehoe, Widower
Thomas Barrett, Single
James Daly, Single
James McDonald, Survived by a wife and three children
Edward Delaney, Survived by a wife and four children
Cornelius McGuire, Survived by a wife and two children
Thomas O'Brien, Survived by a wife.
James Golden
Michael Hughes, Survived by a wife and one child
Edward Gildea, Survived by a wife and five children
Patrick Ruane, Survived by a wife and eight children
John Gaffney,
Thomas Gaffney, Survived by a wife and six children
Thomas Duhigg
Anthony Kane
Thomas Murphy, widower, no children
Owen Lee, Single
Anthony Gordon, Survived by a wife and two children
Dominick O'Malley, single
Peter Martin, Survived by a wife and one child
Michael Ford, Survived by a wife and no children
Timothy Derrig, single
Thomas Carden, Survived by a wife and one child
Martin Gilbride, single
John Gill, Survived by a wife and two children
John O'Boyle, Survived by a wife and two children
Peter Joyce, Survived by a wife
Sylvester Doover, Survived by a wife and no children
Patrick Bolin, single
Anthony Coveloski
Anothony Nohenskie
John Zerinda
Andrew Slovinski
John Highstruck
Adam Zmoidan?
Simon Mosock
Frank Shevskie
Peter Bukoskie
John Cardarnis
Anothy Teleskie
Mathias Teleskie
Peter Zavatskie


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 Post subject: Re: Twin Shaft Site Grave Marker
PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:51 am 
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That would be a noble project.

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 Post subject: Re: Twin Shaft Site Grave Marker
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:51 am 
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Thanks. It is. It'll get done somehow. I just hope it doesn't take years! I didn't know that the one church I go to several times a year was the parish where all these men attended, same building in fact. Sad stuff.


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