Remembering our coal miners

| October 10, 2012

COSHOCTON – Sam Bennett is working on a monument to honor all coal miners and pay respect to the 32 who died in mining accidents in Coshocton County over the past 160 years.

Each month, The Beacon will honor the minors who died. The list of those who died during the month of October includes:

– John Courtwright – Oct. 10, 1899

– Joseph Green – Oct. 23, 1907

– James Barcus – Oct. 28, 1911

– George Dunfee – Oct. 6, 1913

– George Young – Oct. 23, 1922

– David Abner Lapp – Oct. 31, 1922

– John Cognion – Oct. 21, 1926

– Mark Elwood – Oct. 6, 1936

– Ernie J. Theiss – Oct. 26, 1969

A total of $60,000 will be needed for the project, which includes the marble monument, a bronze statue of a coal miner, landscaping around both and brick paths to the area. The total project will cost $57,300 and the remaining funds will be used to maintain the area.

Bennett has setup an account for the monument and is selling bricks as a fundraiser. Forms for the bricks can be picked up at Ohio Heritage Bank and anyone wishing to make a donation can also do that at the bank.

For information about the project, e-mail Bennett at [email protected], or visit


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