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Monongah Nos. 6 and 8 Mine Disaster 1907

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History and Circumstances

  • Date: 6 Dec 1907
  • Location: Monongah, West Virginia
  • Type: Coal Mine Explosion
  • Victims: 362 deaths
  • Cause: Ignition of firedamp

The deadliest decade in coal mining history occurred from 1900 to 1909, when a total of 3,660 miners died in 133 mine disasters. December 1907, known as "Bloody December", recorded a staggering 703 miner deaths in 5 separate mine explosions. The Monongah No. 6 & No. 8 disaster, which occurred on December 6, 1907, resulted in the deaths of 362 miners and is recorded as the worst mining disaster in U.S. history. 4 of the 5 worst mining disasters in US history occurred in this decade.


Miner Victims

The "official" count of miners' lives lost was 362 but the count is believed to be closer to 500 as official employment records were not kept. Those found through sources are listed here. [1]; [2]


Miners Found in Mine No. 6, and Not Recovered
Name Sourced Bio Connected Category
Bagola, Joe, 24 Slavic, b. circa 1883
Bagunoli, Angello, 19 Slavic, b. circa 1888
Balze, Charles, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Basile, Frank, 20 Polish, b. circa 1887
Basile, John, 32 Slavic, b. circa 1875
Basile, Sam, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Basilla, Salvare, 20 American, b. circa 1887
Belcaster, Joe, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Belcaster, Sam, 22 Italian, b. circa 1885
Belo, Mike, 27 Italian, b. circa 1880
Berrough, Andy, 25 American, b. circa 1882
Berrough, George, 45 American, b. circa 1862
Beton, Pasqual, 27 Italian, b. circa 1880
Beton, Tony, 32 Slavic, b. circa 1875
Bonasa, John, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Bonatsky, Mike, 24 Slavic, b. circa 1883
Boshoff, George, 30 American, b. circa 1877
Bosner, Martin, 32 Slavic, b. circa 1875
Brand, Adolph, 24 Slavic, b. circa 1883
Burke, Henry, 45 Slavic, b. circa 1862
Cemino, Dominick, 40 Slavic, b. circa 1867
Connie, Frank, 46 Slavic, b. circa 1861
Connie, John, 16 Italian, b. circa 1891
Cooper, Fay, 16 Italian, b. circa 1891
Cooper, Fred, 23 Italian, b. circa 1884
Couch, Ralph, 23 Italian, b. circa 1884
Covelli, Joe, 22 Polish, b. circa 1885
Cresko, John, 40 Polish, b. circa 1867
Davia, Victor, 39 Slavic, b. circa 1868
Davis, Frank, 38 American, b. circa 1869
Davis, G L, 40 Slavic, b. circa 1867
Deplacito, Nick, 16 Italian, b. circa 1891
Dewett, Lunard, 37 Slavic, b. circa 1870
Donkechec, George, 16 American, b. circa 1891
Donko, John, 20 American, b. circa 1887
Donko, Mike, 19 American, b. circa 1888
Donlin, Thomas, 42 American, b. circa 1865
Duffey, Thomas, 30 Italian, b. circa 1877
Dunko, Jno., Italian
Durkuta, Mike, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Durse, John, 40 Italian, b. circa 1867
Dutca, Frank, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Duvall, Thomas, 38 Slavic, b. circa 1869
Egra, Mike, 30 Italian, b. circa 1877
Evans, Harry, 28 Italian, b. circa 1879
Evans, William, 27 Slavic, b. circa 1880
Faluke, Loui, 19 Italian, b. circa 1888
Feet, Steve, 36 Slavic, b. circa 1871
Ferara, Joe, 26 Polish, b. circa 1881
Feretts, Lobe, 33 Italian, b. circa 1874
Fluharty, Jahu, 40 Polish, b. circa 1867
Foltin, Joe, 32 Slavic, b. circa 1875
Ford, Floyd, 38 Slavic, b. circa 1869
Frank, Paul, 24 Polish, b. circa 1883
Frank, Tony, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Fusari, John, 32 Slavic, b. circa 1875
Gall, Tony, 28 Italian, b. circa 1879
Garrasco, Franc, 28 American, b. circa 1879
Gasgo, Felix, 30 American, b. circa 1877
George, Albert, 23 American, b. circa 1884
Goff, Ignot, 28 Slavic, b. circa 1879
Gomerchee, John, 36 (alt. Gomerchec, Jno.) Polish, b. circa 1871
Hamack, Wogtech Aka, 17 Italian, b. circa 1890
Hamish, Mike, 40 Greek, b. circa 1867
Harriman, John, 36 Greek, b. circa 1871
Heiner, John, 28 American, b. circa 1879
Hinerman, Lawrence"Lonnie", 21 Italian, b. circa 1886
Honaker, Charles B Aka, 22 American, b. circa 1885
Honchoc, Vortec American, b. circa 1890
Honick, Martin, 15 Slavic, b. circa 1892
Honick, Paul, 19 American, b. circa 1888
Hornock, John, 30 Slavic, b. circa 1877
Ignatchic, Steve, 36 Slavic, b. circa 1871
Inbeor, Prospera, 39 Slavic, b. circa 1868
Joy, Peter, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Kelley, Sam R, 34 American, b. circa 1873
Kerest, Mike, 21 American, b. circa 1886
Kovatch, Joe, 27 Slavic, b. circa 1880
Krall, Frank, 31 Italian, b. circa 1876
Kristofitz, John, 28 Italian, b. circa 1879
Lane, L D, 34 (alt. Layne) Italian, b. circa 1873
Lapinsky, Ignots, 26 American, b. circa 1881
Larossia, Carmen, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Larossia, Frank, 35 Italian, b. circa 1872
Lelle, Loui, 18 Italian, b. circa 1889
Lerant, James, 22 Italian, b. circa 1885
Levant, Gass, 19 (alt. Leyant, Goss.) Italian, b. circa 1888
Lobbs, Salvatore, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Lusta, Nick, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Lydon, Timothy, 38 Italian, b. circa 1869
Marks, Ross, Italian
Maronette, Joseph, 23 Italian, b. circa 1884
Martin, Henry, 43 Italian, b. circa 1864
Martin, John, 28 Italian, b. circa 1879
Matakonis, John, 27 Italian, b. circa 1880
Matakonis, Mike, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Matakonis, Thomas, 28 African American, b. circa 1879
Matsic, Mike, 28 African American, b. circa 1879
Mcdonald, Patrik, Italian
Mcdonnell, Patsy, 18 Italian, b. circa 1889
Mcdonough, Patrick, 46 Italian, b. circa 1861
Meffe, Mike, 38 Italian, b. circa 1869
Miller, Albert, 28 American, b. circa 1879
Miller, J W, 48 (alt.Miller, W. J.) Polish, b. circa 1859
Moon, Frank, 19 Polish, b. circa 1888
Moon, James, 16 American, b. circa 1891
Morris, A H, 30 American, b. circa 1877
Morris, Cecil, 19 Italian, b. circa 1888
Motts, Salva, 38 (alt. Motts, Salvastore) Polish, b. circa 1869
Noga, Steve, 25 American, b. circa 1882
Olivaria, John, 24 Slavic, b. circa 1883
Olivette, Tony, 26 Polish, b. circa 1881
Olvario, Jno., 26 Slavic, b. circa 1881
Orse, Janaway, 25 Polish, b. circa 1882
Oshwie, Mike, 27 Slavic, b. circa 1880
Perochchi, Nick, 21 Polish, b. circa 1886
Perri, Dominick, 23 Polish, b. circa 1884
Polonchee, George, 30 Italian, b. circa 1877
Prelotts, Fred, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Prigulatta, Tete, 18 Polish, b. circa 1889
Privingano, Peter, 30 American, b. circa 1877
Prosper, Tony, 45 African American, b. circa 1862
Provitsky, Paul, 35 Italian, b. circa 1872
Pyles, Homer, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Regulski, John, 50 Italian, b. circa 1857
Richwood, Dommick, 19 Italian, b. circa 1888
Richwood, John, 21 Polish, b. circa 1886
Richwood, Patsy, 19 American, b. circa 1888
Richwood, Tony, 21 American, b. circa 1886
Ritz, Mike, 23 American, b. circa 1884
Rogers, Fred, 25 American, b. circa 1882
Ronaldo, J, 22 Italian, b. circa 1885
Ronaldo, Ralph, 29 Polish, b. circa 1878
Ronaldo, Tony, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Rossia, Petro, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Sari, George, 27 African American, b. circa 1880
Sari, John, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Sari, Mike, 40 Italian, b. circa 1867
Sari, Steve, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Sawyer, Frank, 18 Italian, b. circa 1889
Scholese, Louis, Italian
Scotta, Nick, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Sebic, Mike, 28 African American, b. circa 1879
Selet, Tony, 27 Slavic, b. circa 1880
Seyche, Thomas, 48 American, b. circa 1859
Shantah, Frank, 42 African American, b. circa 1865
Sholese, Louie, 41 Italian, b. circa 1866
Shroyer, Frank, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Sloan, Scott, 30 American, b. circa 1877
Spaw, Anebra, Italian
Staley, Will, 36 American, b. circa 1871
Stie, Andy Jr, 18 American, b. circa 1889
Stie, Andy Sr, 45 American, b. circa 1862
Strafera, George, 38 Polish, b. circa 1869
Susnofsky, Thomas, 36 Italian, b. circa 1871
Susta, Nick, American
Tallorai, Frank, 26 Slavic, b. circa 1881
Tereza, Andy, 23 Slavic, b. circa 1884
Tereza, Nick, 22 Italian, b. circa 1885
Toots, Patsy, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Touch, Tony, 30 Slavic, b. circa 1877
Trader, Harold, 34 Italian, b. circa 1873
Virgelet, Patsy, 19 b. circa 1888
Virgelet, Tony, 22 b. circa 1885
Walls, William R, 21 b. circa 1886
Ware, Dominick, 30 b. circa 1877
Wasale, Mike, 36 b. circa 1871
Watkins, A J, 38 b. circa 1869
Watkins, Milroy, 23 b. circa 1884
Wattah, Mike, 30 b. circa 1877
Wiley, George, 38 b. circa 1869
Wise, Charles D, 37 b. circa 1870
Yourchec, George, 47 b. circa 1860
Yourchec, George Jr, 16 b. circa 1891
Zinnis, Thomas, 43 b. circa 1864
Zucco, Mike, 25 b. circa 1882


Miners Found in Mine No. 8
Name Sourced Bio Connected Category
Alexander, Patsy, 19 Slavic, b. circa 1888
Alexander, Tony, 21 Italian, b. circa 1886
Anchillo, Beat, 23 Italian, b. circa 1884
Anchillo, Dominick, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Anchillo, Paul, 33 Italian, b. circa 1874
Angello, Tony, 21 Italian, b. circa 1886
Augustine, Patsy, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Avicello, Colistino, 29 Italian, b. circa 1878
Barrard, Angello, 23 Italian, b. circa 1884
Barrard, Felix, 29 Italian, b. circa 1878
Barrard, Jose, 19 Slavic, b. circa 1888
Beton, Ross, 29 Italian, b. circa 1878
Bice, Carl, 23 Italian, b. circa 1884
Bice, William H, 40 Polish, b. circa 1867
Bolinski, Mike, 28 American, b. circa 1879
Bolze, Chas.,   Italian
Bonordi, Jersti, 28 American, b. circa 1879
Bushtine, Alex, 27 Litvish, b. circa 1880
Charlton, Robert, 16 Slavic, b. circa 1891
Cheeseit, John, 30 American, b. circa 1877
Cheeswock, Paul, 40 American, b. circa 1867
Colanero, Felix, 20 Italian, b. circa 1887
Colasena, Dominick, 24 Slavic, b. circa 1883
Colcherci, Joseph, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Colcherci, Nick, 30 Slavic, b. circa 1877
Colleat, Nick, 30 American, b. circa 1877
Colross, Dominick, 35 Slavic, b. circa 1872
Colross, Joe, 28 American, b. circa 1879
Cox, William R, 34 Slavic, b. circa 1873
D'andrea, Victor, 42 Slavic, b. circa 1865
Darso, Vintura, 29 Slavic, b. circa 1878
Debartonia, Clem, 37 American, b. circa 1870
Debartonia, Dominick, 39 Slavic, b. circa 1868
Deffelus, Mike, 22 Slavic, b. circa 1885
Deffelus, Tony, 15 Slavic, b. circa 1892
Deleal, Pasqual, 32 Slavic, b. circa 1875
Demarco, Lewis, 30 American, b. circa 1877
Demaria, Angelo, 26 Slavic, b. circa 1881
Demaria, Joseph, 24 Slavic, b. circa 1883
Demaria, Mike, 24 Polish, b. circa 1883
Demaria, Sebastian, 28 Slavic, b. circa 1879
Demaria, Sebastian 2nd, 26 American, b. circa 1881
Demark, Albert, 25 Polish, b. circa 1882
Demark, Jose, 23 Italian, b. circa 1884
Depetris, Felix, 19 Italian, b. circa 1888
Desalvo, Angello, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Desalvo, Charles, 28 Greek, b. circa 1879
Desalvo, Dominick, 22 Italian, b. circa 1885
Desalvo, Felix, 26 American, b. circa 1881
Desalvo, Tony, 16 American, b. circa 1891
Dewey, Joseph, 25 Litvish, b. circa 1882
Dewey, Mike, 27 Litvish, b. circa 1880
Dills, John, 25 Litvish, b. circa 1882
Domico, Donatto Jr, 19 Irish, b. circa 1888
Domico, Mike, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Donord, Pete, 28 American, b. circa 1879
Dorse, Tony, 21 American, b. circa 1886
Farmer, Charles, 36 Italian, b. circa 1871
Farmer, Richard, 52 Italian, b. circa 1855
Fassanella, James, 21 Italian, b. circa 1886
Fellen, Armando, 40 American, b. circa 1867
Ferare, Carmen, 39 Italian, b. circa 1868
Ferarra, Joe, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Ferrare, Joe, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Ferarre, Matta, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Fletcher, James, 25 American, b. circa 1882
Folio, Tony, 17 Slavic, b. circa 1890
Frabiacolo, Peter, 21 Slavic, b. circa 1886
Frediavo, Petro, 28 Greek, b. circa 1879
Gannon, Thomas, 42 Slavic, b. circa 1865
Garlock, Andy, 21 Polish, b. circa 1886
Goff, John, 23 Slavic, b. circa 1884
Goff, Paul, 26 Slavic, b. circa 1881
Halm, J W, 48 Greek, b. circa 1859
Harris, George, 28 Italian, b. circa 1879
Hawaitin, Antone Aka, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Herlick, George, 28 American, b. circa 1879
Herndon, E V, 53 Italian, b. circa 1854
Highland, Patrick, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Honaker, C A Jr, 22 Polish, b. circa 1885
Ignot, John, 28 Litvish, b. circa 1879
Inveor, Prospera,   Italian
Jacobin, Jim, 34 Italian, b. circa 1873
Jeremont, Jim, 39 Italian, b. circa 1868
Joiner, Gilbert, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Jonakin, Calvin, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Jones, John N, 42 Italian, b. circa 1865
Joy, Antonio, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Joy, Frank, 56 Italian, b. circa 1851
Kawalsky, Vadis, 28 Italian, b. circa 1879
Kearns, Pat. J, 35 Italian, b. circa 1872
Keatsky, Joe, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Killeen, Thomas, 39 Lithuanian, b. circa 1868
Kingerous, George, 43 Italian, b. circa 1864
Kingerous, Mike, 30 Italian, b. circa 1877
Konkechec, Geo.,   Slavic
Kores, Jacob, 40 American, b. circa 1867
Kosis, Mike, 33 Slavic, b. circa 1874
Kowalish, John, 33 Italian, b. circa 1874
Krager, Frank, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Krall, George, 31 Italian, b. circa 1876
Lane, Adam, 16 (alt. Layne) Italian, b. circa 1891
Laughney, Patrick, 57 Italian, b. circa 1850
Loma, Frank, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Lombardo, John, 30 Italian, b. circa 1877
Lore, Frank, 20 Italian, b. circa 1887
Luba, John, 37 Italian, b. circa 1870
Majeska, John, 55 Italian, b. circa 1852
Majeska, John Jr, 18 Italian, b. circa 1889
Manse, Dan, 22 Italian, b. circa 1885
Manse, Mike, 19 Italian, b. circa 1888
Manse, Tony, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Marcell, Pete, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Maronette, James,   Italian
Martin, Scott, 31 Italian, b. circa 1876
Masch, D C, 40 (alt. Masch, Domenico C.) Italian, b. circa 1867
Mcgraw, Jno. J, 27 Italian, b. circa 1880
Mchortar, Martin, 29 Italian, b. circa 1878
Mckane, Charles, 27 Italian, b. circa 1880
Mcqueen, Rippen, 34 American, b. circa 1873
Meff, Carl, 19 Italian, b. circa 1888
Meff, Frank, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Meo, Cosmo, 25 American, b. circa 1882
Metill, Bobrato, 24 Polish, b. circa 1883
Metill, Jno., 38 Slavic, b. circa 1869
Metill, Nick, 22 Slavic, b. circa 1885
Miller, Charles, 38 Negro, b. circa 1869
Moore, L L, 28 American, b. circa 1879
Morris, C E, 29 Slavic, b. circa 1878
Morris, Marion, 18 Italian, b. circa 1889
Morris, William, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Morsee, Dominick, 25 Negro, b. circa 1882
Mort, C D, 18 Negro, b. circa 1889
Mort, John H, 52 American, b. circa 1855
Mostro, Mike, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Motsic, Mike,   Italian
Mysel, Felix, 26 (alt. Mysell, Felix) American, b. circa 1881
Mysell, Dominick, 26 (alt. Mysell, Dom) Polish, b. circa 1881
Noland, Sam, 28 Polish, b. circa 1879
Novinsky, Victor, 27 Polish, b. circa 1880
Palela, Basile, 25 Slavic, b. circa 1882
Palela, Jim, 36 American, b. circa 1871
Palinkis, John, 34 Irish, b. circa 1873
Pasqual, Tony, 23 Slavic, b. circa 1884
Patch, Louie, 21 Italian, b. circa 1886
Perkins, W M, 28 Italian, b. circa 1879
Pett, Nick, 40 Polish, b. circa 1867
Pignalli, Saverio, 19 Italian, b. circa 1888
Pillela, Bossilo,   Italian
Porzilo, Frank, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Preletto, Frank, 38 Italian, b. circa 1869
Preletto, John, 16 American, b. circa 1891
Preston, John H, 41 American, b. circa 1866
Reese, Hugh, 20 Italian, b. circa 1887
Rehich, John, 30 Italian, b. circa 1877
Riggins, David, 32 American, b. circa 1875
Ringer, John, 48 American, b. circa 1859
Ringler, T O, 32 Italian, b. circa 1875
Ryais, K D, 35 American, b. circa 1872
Salva, Flora, 28 Polish, b. circa 1879
Salva, Joe, 29 Italian, b. circa 1878
Salva, Vint 1st, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Salva, Vint 2nd, 22 Hungarian, b. circa 1885
Santee, D V, 46 Italian, b. circa 1861
Sarfino, Joe, 19 Italian, b. circa 1888
Seese, Harry, 22 American, b. circa 1885
Severe, Beth, 28 Scottish, b. circa 1879
Severe, Jesse, 36 American, b. circa 1871
Simpson, Frank, 26 Italian, b. circa 1881
Sloan, Dennis, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Smith, Dominick, 25 Italian, b. circa 1882
Snodgrass, F E, 45 American, b. circa 1862
Snodgrass, George, 29 American, b. circa 1878
Soles, Michael, 35 American, b. circa 1872
Spragg, Leslie, 22 American, b. circa 1885
Stahnlski, Joe, 28 Italian, b. circa 1879
Stamplan, Tom, 32 American, b. circa 1875
Sullivan, Jake, 26 Polish, b. circa 1881
Thompson, Sam, 30 Hungarian, b. circa 1877
Tomko, George, 31 Slavic, b. circa 1876
Tomko, John, 38 Polish, b. circa 1869
Toots, Angello, 24 Italian, b. circa 1883
Toth, Joseph, 28 Negro, b. circa 1879
Udovich, Anton, 40 Italian, b. circa 1867
Urban, Staney, 40 Negro, b. circa 1867
Vendetta, Frank, 45 Italian, b. circa 1862
Vendetta, John, 23 Italian, b. circa 1884
Watkins, Jesse, 23 b. circa 1884
Wolincish, John, 28 b. circa 1879
Yanero, John, 53 b. circa 1854
Yanero, Nick, 25 b. circa 1882
Young, Harry, 15 b. circa 1892
Zello, Carmen, 30 b. circa 1877
Zello, John, 26 b. circa 1881

Rescue Efforts

Results and Findings

In the wake of this and other disaster tragedies, an Act of Congress established the U.S. Bureau of Mines within the Department of the Interior on July 1, 1910. Its primary directive was expressively clear – to reduce fatalities in the mining industry.

The Worst Mining Disaster in US History
On Dec. 6, 1907, explosions occurred at the No. 6 & No. 8 mines at Monongah, WV. 362 miners died.

On that day, family members wait behind a makeshift barrier to hear the fate of their loved ones.


Museums & Memorials

Sources

  1. USWV-IndexMine.pdf 1907DEC13 Marion County - Monongah Nos. 6&8
  2. List of Miner Victims WV Archives & History




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Would you please add me to the Trusted List for this disaster? I have been to the site and cemetery in Monongah, West Virginia, and researched the Relief Fund documentation at the West Virginia State Archives in Morgantown, West Virginia., which includes the family members, letters, and other information on every victim of which ~ 70% were Italian Immigrants.

I am returning to Morgantown soon and would like to be able to access this page directly as I add profiles. I have researched all West Virginia mining disasters and visited 14 sites during my last trip to West Virginia in 2018.

I appreciate your consideration; thank you.

Sheryl

posted by Sheryl Moore
Monongah Mines Relief Committee, "History of the Monongah Mines Relief Fund: In Aid of Sufferers from the Monongah Mine Explosion, Monongah, West Virginia, December 6, 1907." This is a valuable genealogical resource because in many cases it has the maiden names of the widows and their home towns in Europe. It is online at Google Books.