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While visiting my in-laws in Springdale, PA had time to pop into the antiques store and across the street was this #wonderful #memorial My mother in law’s father was killed in the Newfield Mine collapse of 1968.
Excerpts - from multiple published sources “Times were hard, coal dust was everywhere, and everyone was poor.
The Harmarville of the 1930s was a difficult place to call home, but neighbors formed especially strong emotional bonds, and that is what those who grew up there remember most.
Svitesic and Cecil put together a small collection of stories - Svitesic's memories are included in the book. She recalls her father, a miner, coming home from work covered in coal dust, sometimes with his clothes frozen to him from working in water in the winter. "No one had it as bad as the miners," she said. "They were always looked down upon. It was horrible when you really think about it.” - Svitesic
The statue is erected next to the Harmar Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 at Freeport Road and Herron Avenue.
The statue is flanked by walls listing the names of some of the miners who worked -- and sometimes died -- in the region's dozen or so coal mines.
The monument was designed by sculptor Stephen Paulovich, a New Kensington native who is himself the grandson of coal miners.
The statue shows a miner, framed by dark timbers, attacking a coal seam with his pickax. His feet appeared encased in rock. Mr. Paulovich has described his subject as "half-coal, half-human." "When women talk about these days, they always mention how hard it was to keep things clean," Ms. Cecil said.
Structures depicted on the memorial include company-built row houses, a nondenominational church and what Mr. Fogle said was a wooden tipple, which was used to sort and load coal for transport. "After I read Jeanne's book, I gave her a call and asked her if she would be interested in my doing the miner's memorial," he said. "She jumped on it." #familyhistoryamystery ️ 🕵️♂️ #houseofhistoryllc ️ - 10 hours ago