Cincinnati Mine Disaster – 100 Years Ago Today. Daily Republican Article.

Waiting for news at the Cincinnati Mine, Courtney PA

One hundred years ago today a terrible explosion occurred at the Cincinnati Mine in Courtney about one mile down river from Monongahela PA. Ninety-seven men died and many were injured. Below is an account of the accident which appeared in the April 23, 2013, edition of Monongahela’s newspaper, the Daily Republican.


A terrific explosion occurred in the Cincinnati mine about one o’clock today and it is feared many men are killed. The

Cincinnati Mine Disaster Article - from The Daily Republican, April 23, 1913 (click to view full size)
Cincinnati Mine Disaster Article – from The Daily Republican, April 23, 1913 (click to view full size)

explosion occurred on the main entry between the pit mouth and the Mingo school house. About 250 men are at work and grave fears are entertained for the safety of many. A call for assistance has been sent to many of the mines in this vicinity and they are hurrying to the scene of the explosion. A report says that six men escaped through the opening near the Mingo school house. One dead man has been brought to the pit mouth and the rescue party who are now at work have discovered many other bodies. The fans have been started, and the relief parties have been able to get as far as the parting.

George Cursan, who lives in Lin Alley, was one of the men who escaped. He states that his father also is safe, but he thinks Merle Brewer a boarder is among the dead. George Herron who boards with Mrs. Hastings in Railroad Street is also thought to be among the dead. He says that about twenty men escaped with him, and that the force of the explosion was terrible. The interior of the workings are wrecked, and of rescue will be retarded.

Large crowds are congregated about the mine openings, and many pathetic scenes are in evidence, many women and children being among the number who are anxious about a loved one who is probably lost. Many went from this city in automobiles, and other conveyances.

The explosion seems to have occurred on the main entry, and it may be that it will not extend to the workings. This however, is only conjectured as it is impossible at this time to get any definite information.

You can tell that when the article was written many details were still unknown. I wonder if the article was rushed to press — note the poor typesetting of the headline. I will publish other articles which appeared in the Daily Republican over the next several days so check back tomorrow for more!

Today In 1911 – Women Drown As Steamer Capsizes In Gale On Monongahela River

The Henry A. Laughlin
The Henry A. Laughlin


Boat Goes Down Near Allenport, Pa., Carrying Three To Death.


women_drown_monongahelaCaught In a gale of wind sweeping over the Monongahela river today, the steamer Henry A. Laughlln was overturned and sent to the bottom of the river near Allenport, drowning two women and a man and jeopardizing the lives of eleven members of the crew. The dead are Effie Hughes and Jane Lawrence, and an unidentified fireman. The steamer Is the property of the Jones & Laughlln Steel Company and is used to transport employes of the company to and from the plank. Although the wind was blowing hard, there was no thought that it was hard enough to overturn the steamer. The sweep of the wind on the river was not thought to be enough to make navigation dangerous.

The eleven members of the crew who escaped jumped for their lives as the boat turned turtle and succeeded in swimming ashore. The steamer now rests on the bottom of the river.

– From the Washington Post

Kelly The Pirate Gets Dunked

Daily Morning Post – Monday, March 29, 1858

A notorious character, called “Kelly, the Pirate,” has lived about Monongahela City for some time. He has been in the habit of drinking very hard, and abusing his wife and children. On last Tuesday evening he took one of his children, sick with scarlet fever, from its bed, out into the night air, his wife was driven from the house and his other children beaten. A few of the citizens becoming incensed at these outrages, took him out of bed and carried him down to the river, where he was thoroughly washed, ducked and splashed until, on a promise of amendment for the future, he was released. Served him right; but it is not likely the bath will have much effect on him.