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James Corre

  • Birth 19 Mar 1879 France
  • Death 5 Sep 1968 Portage, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Wilmore, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 106973577

Johnstown Tribune: Sept. 20, 1947

Miner Can Make an Easy Job Hard, Or Hard One Easy, Corre Declares

Portage Man, 59 Years in Mines, to Continue Work

"Work around the mines is no easier or no harder than many years ago," is the opinion of James Corre, Portage, veteran of 59 years' work around the coal mines.

"A man can make an easy job hard or a hard job easy depending on his application to the business at hand," he opines. Spry and alert for his many years of work, Mr. Corre will keep on working for several years, he says. He is 68 years old.

"There is nothing else to do by work and if a man is happy working, he is healthy working." He first earned 66 cents a day when he began as a trapper in May, 1889, at the Eureka No. 5 Mine, Moran.

Born Mar. 19, 1879, in France, Mr. Corre is a son of the late Allen and Frances (Peron) Corre. The family came to this country in Dec. 1888, and settled near Houtzdale. Ten-year-old James Corre began working five months after his arrival in this country.

At the age of 13, he reported to the driftmouth each morning to be eligible for a half turn and then went back to town and went to school.

A young man could do worse than seek his life's work in the coal mine today, is Mr. Corre's opinion. He says there are lots of good supervisory jobs and a good many jobs which earn a man a fairly living at labor.

Mr. and Mrs. Corre came to Portage 38 years ago and since that time Mr. Corre has worked mostly at the Red Bird Mine for the Peale Co. and its successors.

He is currently employed as a tracklayer at the Sonman Shaft Mine of Koppers Coal Co. where he has worked for the past 18 years. With never a serious lost-time accident, he claims that many accidents cn be avoided with proper caution on the part of management and employee.

The Corres have two children - Herschel, married and residing Bellefonte, and Myrtle, married to Ralph Varner, Bellwood. There are two grandsons. Mr. Corre has a sister, Mrs. Mary Caroff, Dunlo.


Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Sept. 7th, 1968

CORRE- James, 89, of 624 Prospect St., died at 11:45 p.m., Sept. 5, 1968, at home. Born March 19, 1879, in France, son of Allain and Francoise (Peron) Corre. Preceded in death by son, Herschel, Dec. 2, 1966, and daughter Evelyn, Feb. 9, 1906. Married in October 1902 to the former Anne Marie Collobert, who survives with a daughter, Myrtle, wife of Ralph Varner, Bellwood; three grandsons, Herschel, Donald and Ralph A. Varner, and four great-granchildren. Retired miner. Member of Jamestown Local 1318, UMWA, and Lodge 131, L.O.O.M., Portage. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Clifford M. Beck Funeral Home, Portage, where brief services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by Requiem Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Portage, the Rev. John Miller. Interment, St. Bartholomew's Cemetery, Wilmore. Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at funeral home.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 106973577
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Corre (19 Mar 1879–5 Sep 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106973577, citing Saint Bartholomew Cemetery, Wilmore, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by RandallF. (contributor 48047144) .