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All Polska



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Post Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:15 pm      Post subject: PA coal mines
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Dave Pacek,

Yes I have spent many hours on the site. However, any searches take me to the Kinlock mine and its closing as my grandparents bought the office & community center when the town was sold. They converted the office into a home then later into 2 large apartments, one of which kept the 2 story high safe in it. In the 1980's the family matriarch had the main floor remodeled into an apartment for her retirement. The safe combination lock door was removed and the inner metal doors kept on as a pantry/storage area with a laundry room next to it.

The community Center was used several times as a bar by several sons. The one son also had boxing matches in the gymnasium on the second floor. Later my grandfther had my dad, who had a plumbing & heating business, convert the second floor into 12 hotel rooms; ladies bathroom and men's bathroom & huge linen closet. Later my dad & his crew built a 6 unit motel in a seperate building beside the hotel/bar.

There are seveal major errors on the entry. Because the main road was moved from running right beside the buildings, to a small highway 1 1/2 blocks away, the sign for the hotel/bar was placed on the apartment building so it could be seen from the new highway. The photographer & author assumed that was the bar/hotel & it wasn't.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:45 pm      Post subject:
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My husband's grandfather and his grandfather's brother came to Simpson PA from Lithuania to work in the coal mines. Not sure what got them to come to PA to work in the mines. I know his Grandfather's brother came here first and then his Grandfather came over.

Anyone else have relatives from Simpson PA? There surname was Pieczul/Pechulis.
Peggy
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:13 pm      Post subject: Sznajder
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Cheri Vanden Berg wrote:
dsnyder, is this your great grandfather's naturalization record?



This Naturalization paper is my Great Grandfather.
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:26 pm      Post subject: Re: Sznajder
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Hi gpreco714 - how cool to find that even though Cheri found the wrong naturalization paper for dsnyder's great grandfather, it looks like it brought you here to PolishOrigins! Welcome! I attached the document that Cheri found earlier so it could be with your posting.

My great-grandparents went to Pittsburgh too!

gpreco714 wrote:
Cheri Vanden Berg wrote:
dsnyder, is this your great grandfather's naturalization record?



This Naturalization paper is my Great Grandfather.



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Post Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:32 am      Post subject:
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Thank you. I am trying to determine where they came from. On different paperwork different towns are listed. My great grandmother also was naturalized because Antoni died of consumption right around 1930. My own grandfather died in 1958 when my mother was a child so I never had any exposure to my Polish relatives.
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:13 am      Post subject:
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It has been a while since we talked about coal mining. I love this photo of the miners in the coal cars:

Found at:
http://explorepahistory.com/displayimage.php?imgId=1-2-9D3



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Post Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:50 pm      Post subject:
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This photo, circa 1910, is a of a mining town in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Fayette is south of Westmoreland County. My grandfather worked there when he first came to America.


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:43 pm      Post subject:
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Tonight I quickly scanned all post on PA miners. I have this document that addresses immigration and life for Slavic immigrants, especially those that went to the anthracite fields of northeastern Pennsylvania. However, there are commonalities for all Slavs and life for the immigrant miners.


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Post Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:17 pm      Post subject:
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Another cool old photo of PA coal miners in Mt. Pleasant PA. This is where my great-grandfather first worked when he arrived in the US, several years before my great-grandmother and the children arrived.

Found on this site with interesting things about Pennsylvania: www.onlyinyourstate.com/pennsylvania/pa-great-depression



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Post Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:03 pm      Post subject: Question about a Mining Accident Report
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If I found someone on http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r45_MineAccidentRegisters/r45-14AccidentRegistersInterface.htm in one of the reports, specifically on http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r45_MineAccidentRegisters/LsBituminous1907_1917.pdf, how do I go about getting the report? Do those exist anywhere? I am hoping there is genealogical information to be found.

Thanks everyone!
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:22 pm      Post subject: the other side
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I am not proud of this or of this particular relative who was reported as abusive and my great grandmother divorced him, but my great grandfather was one of the "special police" who was brought in by one of the coal companies to protect company interests: Here is a clip of the info:

In ca.1910 the Westmoreland Coal Company employed 608 men and boys at the Export Mines, many of whom were becoming increasingly restive over the coal company's refusal to recognize the United Mine Workers of America as their union. Workers at Export and other mines in northern Westmoreland County began a long and arduous coal strike in the spring of 1910. The Westmoreland Coal Company evicted many of the families from their houses and brought in the dreaded "Coal and Iron Police", a private police force, to maintain control of company property and to safeguard the replacement workers "scabs," that the coal company imported from the south to work in the mines during the miners strike. More than a year later the strike ended in defeat for the weary coal miners.

So, my great grandfather perhaps was the "enemy" of your ancestors. BTW- neither his children nor his second wife ever put a headstone on his grave. He was not Polish. He went back to "the Mayflower".
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:42 pm      Post subject: Re: Pennsylvania coal miners
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Shellie wrote:
Carol329 wrote on another thread:

...I just received my aunt's birth record and found that my grandparents were peasant farmers from Wydmusy-northeast of Warsaw. My other set of grandparents were fromStazkowka in the Austrian section. Their families began emigrating in the 1880,s and would love to understand what they all went through. Interestingly enough both sets of grandparents settled in the coal mining region of Pennsylvania and were all coal miners.

Researching Dombroski, Wisniewski, Schabowski




Welcome Carol329 to Polish Origins!

I'm so happy to meet a new member and fellow grandchild of coal mining polish immigrants. My grandfathers also mined coal in PA - in Washington and Westmoreland Counties.

I look forward to hearing from you when you have a chance to start reading "The Nation in the Village". The book discussion can be found at: http://polishorigins.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=32

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