Help with Austrian miner killed in mining explosion in Nevada, United States.

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During the Nevada copper mining boom, Anton Rajkovic and 7 other miners were killed in a dynamite explosion in 1912 at Copper Flat, White Pine, Nevada, United States.  They were all from the same town: Udbina, Hrvatska, Austria, which is probably the reason they worked on the same crew.  Only one spoke English.  No census or immigration record found.  All have White Pine County coroner death certificates.  Newspaper says the Mesics are brothers, but their death certificates have different parents.  Cousins?  They are all buried in Ely Cemetery in unmarked graves.  The mining company did not buy headstones.

Why would adult married men leave home to work as laborers in an open pit mine?  What was going on in Austria, which is now Croatia, Serbia???

Virginia, USA, 27, single

Haley Cook   Cooke-5259

32, married

Anton Rajkovic    Rajkovic-3

23, single

Martin Mesic    Mesic-27

20, married

Nikola Mesic   Mesic-28

45, married

Stjephan Rubcic     Rubcic-1

40, married

Juro Cvitkovic   Cvitkovic-2

50, married

Ivan Novacic   Novacic-1

39, married

Toma Gasparovic    Gasparovic-17

42, married

Stjefan Crnkovic     Crnkovic-3

Greece, 28, single

George Bougious   Crnkovic-3

WikiTree profile: Anton Rajkovic
in WikiTree Tech by Jo Gill G2G6 Pilot (122k points)
retagged by Jo Gill

There was a compulsory military service requirement. Men were often kept in the military until they were in their thirties. And the Austrian-Hungarian Empire was Catholic, with other religions being viciously repressed, particularly Eastern Orthodox and Judaism. Case Western Reserve University did a study because a great many wound up in Cleveland

The U.S. census during the copper boom in Nevada reads like a world atlas.  There are 21 different countries listed in the 1910 census for one mining town.  Lots of Slavics, Greeks, Italians, and Chinese.  Today, that town is gone.

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by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Thanks Doug, I have that link and several others.  Their death is well documented, but their circumstances are not.
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1912 was period of terrible instability in the Balkans, 1st and 2nd Balkan Wars, Greece and Turkey duking it out, Bulgaria trying to expand. No wonder people wanted to leave their homeland and come to the US. Uh... like now.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)

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