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Joseph Hundzienski - Washington Co.

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Re: Joseph Hundzienski - Washington Co.

Posted: 1364127849000
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I doubt if I have the accident record you are looking for. I can sort on the various parameters that you have given, but I could not spot anything that matches. Nonfatal accidents were only reported through the year 1940, so the accident could of happened after 1940. The Magnolia Mine did operate at least from 1918 through 1940, but he could of worked in other mines.

Source: The Microfilm specifications of the
Pennsylvania State Archives Record Group RG-45
Office of the Secretary of Mines and Mineral Industries

Pennsylvania Registers of Mine Accidents, Bituminous, 1899-1972. (10 microfilm rolls)

Card No./ Mine Name / Operator / Year / Month / Day / Surname / First and Middle Name / Age / Fatal, Nonfatal / Inside, Outside / Occupation / Nationality or Country of Birth / Citizen, Alien / Single, Married / Widower / No. Children under 16 years (under 18 years 1959 & later) / Years of experience in mines / Years experience in occupation engaged when injured (ir = irregular) / Accident Cause or Remarks (d. = died) / Fault or Responsibility: Officials, Official & Victim, Victim (carelessness on the part of the injured), Miner, Others (carelessness on the part of others), Equipment, Unavoidable, Accidental / County / Page No. / Mining District / Pennsylvania State Archives Film No. / Anthracite, Bituminous

20 Soudan Valley Camp Coal 1927 3 12 Tomodisky Joe 45 nonfatal inside machine miner Polish married loading coal & coal fell against leg Washington 354 1st 3597 bituminous

This is the only accident that I found that was the closest, but it has deviations that do not fit.

If you know which mine your ancestor worked and they were United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) members and you have the Social Security number you might be able to get their work records from:

UMWA Health and Retirement Funds
2121 K St. N.W., Suite 350
Washington, DC 20037
Attention of Records Manager
Email: pension
The funds have been in existence since 1946. The Social Security number often can be obtained from the web sites “Social Security Death Index” “Social Security Death Index” (LDS Family Search does the same search)

Social Security was established in 1937 but enrollment was not mandatory. A very large push was begun in the early 1960's when a social security number was needed to apply for Social Security. This caused many to apply for delayed birth certificates.

Social Security Administration Death Index”. Social Security numbers were not issued until 1936. Black lung benefits were first paid in 1970. The UMWA was formed in 1890. See for information about UMWA membership records.

Information about the Magnolia Mine can be found in these references:

Annual Report (years 1903 through 1918) of the Department of Mines of Pennsylvania - Bituminous Part II Library Call No. TN805.04 A29

Annual Report of the Department of Mines of Pennsylvania

Large university and public libraries, the Pennsylvania Geological Survey Library, or the State Library of Pennsylvania may have the reference reports. The books are usually under library Call No. TN805.04 A29. These reports may also cover strikes, details of mining operations at specific mines, location of the mines, pictures, production and operation details for specific mines. “Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania” is a bituminous coal miners database for western Pennsylvania counties with over 200,000 names of mines and miners that can be searched. Often the location of the mine is given.

From Jerry, “Mining Accidents U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia”
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