Decapitated and Burned: Explosion at the Stone House Mine

Recently I posted an image of a Bureau of Mines Mine Rescue Car that visited the mining town of Roswell in 1923. That image, and a comment from someone who saw it, led me to examine a tragic incident from 1927 that occurred at a local Tuscarawas County coal mine outside of Mineral City. TwoContinue reading “Decapitated and Burned: Explosion at the Stone House Mine”

Mine Rescue Car Visits Roswell

My neighbor gave me a panoramic image taken in December 1923 titled “Department of Interior, Bureau of Mines, Car #5, at Roswell, Ohio, December 1923” that shows the miners of that community and even lists some of their names. Recognize anyone? During the first few decades of the 20th century nearly a million people workedContinue reading “Mine Rescue Car Visits Roswell”

“Murder in Colorado”: The Death of Dyas Mills

After the death of their father two brothers made the move from Tuscarawas County to the Great Plains. One of those brothers would lose his life at the hands of another man on New Years Eve in a remote town in the middle of the Colorado Territory. Jonathan Winn Mills (1813-1869) was born in VirginiaContinue reading ““Murder in Colorado”: The Death of Dyas Mills”

One House’s Story: The Yeagley Family

A good friend of mine lived in one of the apartments in this New Philadelphia building for a couple of years and often asked me about the house’s history. I figured it was about time I gave her an answer! A note about addresses: House numbers and street names often change over time. The YeagleyContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Yeagley Family”