3 BROTHERS MET DEATH IN MINE MISHAPS
July 18, 1938
Tragedy in underground cavern continued to trail the family of Levi Schmaltz,
early settler of Hughestown, as his third son George "Hum" Schmaltz was
instantly killed Tuesday beneath a fall of rock in No. 9 Colliery of the
Pittston Anthracite Coal Company. Two other brothers, Fred and Jacob, met
death in the mines, also.
When he went to work, George had no premonition that it was the last day and
that fate had decreed that he should depart from this earth in tragic miner,
similar to that which claimed his kin years ago.
Fred, old residents of the borough, recall, was killed when he fell down the
shaft at Barnum Colliery, after belong "kicked" by a dead mule. In those
days it was customary for mine workers to removed the carcasses of dead mules
to the surface via the cage. The cage was much smaller than those used today
and in order to get the mules' body on it, it was necessary to bend its legs
and tie them closely to its body. This had been done and Schmaltz was
assigned to go to the surface with the mule. The cage had ascended the shaft
for some distance when in some unknown manner the rope that held the dead
mule's legs became unloosened and the leg moved quickly and struck Schmaltz,
hurtling him through space to the bottom of the shaft where his lifeless body
was later found by co-workers.
Another brother, "Jake" Schmaltz, was working at the foot of No. 10 shaft
when a cage fell upon him causing instant death. The third brother was
working in a chamber, assisting George "Dietch" Moss, a miner, when a slab of
rock fell on his neck and crushed out his life, Tuesday. Much sorrow has
been occasioned in Hughestown by this tragic death and residents readily
recall the ill luck that befell the three brothers while working in the mines.
Moss, who narrowly escaped similar fate, his brother of former Chief of
Police, Steven Moss of Hughestown. His brother, Frank Moss, was killed in
No. # 9 colliery about 10 years ago.
The following article was in the Pittston Gazette in 1938, relating the
deaths of 3 members of my family.
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