Source: 1925 in the Annual Report of the West Virginia Department of Mines, pages 284 & 285
Monongalia county, River Seam Coal Co., Booth mine, George Bishop, injured and died 1925Sep8, nationality American, 35 years mining experience, age 54, occupation timberman, married, survived by a widow and 5 children, 6 total dependents, killed by fall of slate inside mine
A timberman is one who places timber supports in mine workings or shafts for protection against falls from roof, face, or rib.
Slate is a dark shale lying next to the coal beds. It contains impressions of the plant life of distant ages, proving the vegetable origin of coal.
This is all the information that I have on this accident. A newspaper article or death certificate may have more information. See http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx
“West Virginia Death Records” to view his death certificate.
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