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Benjamin Boyer

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 22 Jan 1959
  • Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: entombed in the mine
  • Memorial ID 33153603

The Knox Mine disaster was a mining accident that took place in the Greater Pittston, Port Griffith, Pennsylvania village of Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania, near Pittston, on January 22, 1959.

The River Slope Mine, an anthracite coal mine owned by the Knox Coal Company, flooded when coal company management had the miners dig too close to the riverbed. Tunneling sharply upwards toward the Susquehanna River, the miners reduced the thickness of rock between the mineshafts and the river bed to about 6 feet (1.8 m) -- 35 feet (10.6 m) was considered the minimum for safety. This caused the waters of the river to break through into the mine.

It took 3 days to partially plug the hole in the riverbed, which was done by dumping railcars into the whirlpool formed by the water draining into the mine.

12 people died; 69 others escaped. One miner, Amadeo Pancetti, was awarded the Carnegie Medal for leading 32 miners to safety.

The bodies of the 12 who died were never recovered, despite efforts of divers and an attempt to pump the water out of the shafts. Their names were:

Samuel Altieri,
John Baloga,
Benjamin Boyer,
Francis Burns,
Charles Featherman,
Joseph Gizenski,
Dominick Kaveliskie,
Eugene Ostroski,
Frank Orlowski,
William Sinclair,
Daniel Stefanides and
Herman Zelonis.

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  • Created by: Donna
  • Added: 22 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33153603
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Boyer (unknown–22 Jan 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33153603, ; Maintained by Donna (contributor 46910450) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a entombed in the mine.