Middleport, PA MIners Crushed, May 1889


Ten Miners Crushed in a Coal Shaft 500 Feet Deep

Pottsville, Pennsylvania, May 10 - At Kaska William Colliery, near Middleport, last evening a cage containing ten miner was ascending the shaft when an empty car was pushed over the top of the shaft by two Huntington laborers. The car struck the cage with terrible force, shattering it to pieces and instantly killing everyone of its occupants, whose mangled bodies were afterward found in the water at the bottom of the shaft. The victims were Hugh Carlin, Patrick McDonald, George Bendel, John Pottowisch, Frank Stretkowisch, John Moore, Albert Dwyer, Edward Kurtz, Stephen Watson, Foreman Michael Boyle. the mine is operated by the Alliance Coal Company, and the shaft is 500 feet deep.

Abilene Daily Reflector, Abilene, KS 10 May 1889