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Thomas Lynch

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Thomas Lynch

Birth
Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
29 Dec 1914 (aged 60)
Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA Add to Map
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Obituary published in "The Daily Courier," City Edition, Connellsville, PA., on Wednesday Evening, Dec. 30, 1914 on Front Page: Price One Cent.

THOMAS LYNCH, FRICK COKE COMPANY'S PRESIDENT, FATHER OF "SAFETY FIRST," DIES AFTER AN ILLNESS OF TWO WEEKS. WAS DOMINATING FIGURE IN THE CONNELLSVILLE COKE REGION.

Began as a Clerk in Town. Worked in the Borough of New Haven Before Going with H. C. Frick; Rose to General Superintendent; General Manager; Then President.

Thomas Lynch, president of the H. C. Frick Coal Company and father of the "Safety First" movement in industry died last evening at his home in Greensburg, following an illness of two weeks. Death was due to exhaustion following an operation for septic peritonitis. Mr. Lynch was taken suddenly ill on December 16, and an operation was performed in the hope that it would save his life. After alternately rallying and sinking, Mr. Lynch died about 8:30 o'clock last night.

Mr. Lynch was the dominant figure of the Connellsville Coke region. It was largely due to his genius that the H. C. Frick Coke Company rose to its commanding position in the industry, prior to its absorption by the United States Steel Corporation. As general manager and later as president, Mr. Lynch was the guiding spirit of the company after retirement of H. C. Frick as president, and for many years before Mr. Frick retired from active connection with the company, he depended upon Thomas Lynch to carry out his policies.

With "Safety First," the dominant interest of industry at this time, it is just becoming known that the head father of the movement was Thomas Lynch.

Mr. Lynch promulgated his "Safety First" order just 23 years ago, immediately following the explosion at Mammoth Mines, wherein 131 miners were killed. Mr. Lynch drafted a code of rules following that disaster in which "Safety, the First Consideration," was made the slogan. These rules were for the guidance of employees, with a view of minimizing the dangers of mining, and, if possible, of eliminating the occurrence of such wholesale destruction of life as that which had just taken place. It is of interest to note that since Mr. Lynch promulgated his famous "Safety First," that has not been a serious explosion in a single Frick mine.

Mr. Lynch was born in Uniontown of Aug. 13, 1854, the son of Patrick Lynch, a cement contractor. His father and mother were natives of Ireland, in Waterford County, in the province of Munster. They emigrated to this country shortly after their marriage. Mr. Lynch attended school until he was 17. He began, like other young men, clerking in a store. In 1874 he began clerking with the Frick Co. Store at Broad Ford.

Mr. Lynch was not only the president of the H. C. Frick Coke Company, but was the head of the coal mining operations of the U. S. Steel Corporation. He was President of the U. S. Coal and Coke Co. of West Virginia; the Hansen Coal Company of Illinois; the National Mining Company of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Lynch was married on Dec. 14, 1878, to Miss Sarah Agnes McKenna of Pittsburgh. He made his home at Dunbar at that time. He later moved to Greensburg.

Burial will be private at the Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg."

A rather historical obituary in that it provides an insight into the coal and coke industry in the area during the period.
Obituary published in "The Daily Courier," City Edition, Connellsville, PA., on Wednesday Evening, Dec. 30, 1914 on Front Page: Price One Cent.

THOMAS LYNCH, FRICK COKE COMPANY'S PRESIDENT, FATHER OF "SAFETY FIRST," DIES AFTER AN ILLNESS OF TWO WEEKS. WAS DOMINATING FIGURE IN THE CONNELLSVILLE COKE REGION.

Began as a Clerk in Town. Worked in the Borough of New Haven Before Going with H. C. Frick; Rose to General Superintendent; General Manager; Then President.

Thomas Lynch, president of the H. C. Frick Coal Company and father of the "Safety First" movement in industry died last evening at his home in Greensburg, following an illness of two weeks. Death was due to exhaustion following an operation for septic peritonitis. Mr. Lynch was taken suddenly ill on December 16, and an operation was performed in the hope that it would save his life. After alternately rallying and sinking, Mr. Lynch died about 8:30 o'clock last night.

Mr. Lynch was the dominant figure of the Connellsville Coke region. It was largely due to his genius that the H. C. Frick Coke Company rose to its commanding position in the industry, prior to its absorption by the United States Steel Corporation. As general manager and later as president, Mr. Lynch was the guiding spirit of the company after retirement of H. C. Frick as president, and for many years before Mr. Frick retired from active connection with the company, he depended upon Thomas Lynch to carry out his policies.

With "Safety First," the dominant interest of industry at this time, it is just becoming known that the head father of the movement was Thomas Lynch.

Mr. Lynch promulgated his "Safety First" order just 23 years ago, immediately following the explosion at Mammoth Mines, wherein 131 miners were killed. Mr. Lynch drafted a code of rules following that disaster in which "Safety, the First Consideration," was made the slogan. These rules were for the guidance of employees, with a view of minimizing the dangers of mining, and, if possible, of eliminating the occurrence of such wholesale destruction of life as that which had just taken place. It is of interest to note that since Mr. Lynch promulgated his famous "Safety First," that has not been a serious explosion in a single Frick mine.

Mr. Lynch was born in Uniontown of Aug. 13, 1854, the son of Patrick Lynch, a cement contractor. His father and mother were natives of Ireland, in Waterford County, in the province of Munster. They emigrated to this country shortly after their marriage. Mr. Lynch attended school until he was 17. He began, like other young men, clerking in a store. In 1874 he began clerking with the Frick Co. Store at Broad Ford.

Mr. Lynch was not only the president of the H. C. Frick Coke Company, but was the head of the coal mining operations of the U. S. Steel Corporation. He was President of the U. S. Coal and Coke Co. of West Virginia; the Hansen Coal Company of Illinois; the National Mining Company of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Lynch was married on Dec. 14, 1878, to Miss Sarah Agnes McKenna of Pittsburgh. He made his home at Dunbar at that time. He later moved to Greensburg.

Burial will be private at the Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg."

A rather historical obituary in that it provides an insight into the coal and coke industry in the area during the period.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/122279757/thomas-lynch: accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Lynch (13 Aug 1854–29 Dec 1914), Find a Grave Memorial ID 122279757, citing Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA; Maintained by Kathi Lynn King (contributor 47574305).