Mary Smallcomb Davis recollections of West Pittston Mine Disaster
Though many of the older Pittston people have personal recollections of the West Pittston disaster, no one has greater reason to keep the day in mind than Mrs. Mary Davis, of the West Side, whose maiden name was Smallcomb. Seven members of her family were connected with the shaft at the time of the disaster and two of them lost their lives. Mr. and Mrs. Davis and children had but recently come to this, country from Elanavon. Wales, and had scarcely become settled in their new new home in, West' .Pittston' when the calamity befell them. Mrs. Davis' father, Aaron Smallcomb, was among the dead found by the rescuers when they entered the mine on the morning after the disaster. Her brothers, Robert, Thomas and' William Smallcomb, were found alive and recovered. William James, her brother - in: law, died on the lawn at the old Luzerne House - soon - after being taken from the mine. Her husband, Edward Davis, and her brother - in - law, David Harris, - had narrow escapes from being victims :of the disaster. They had come up the shaft but an hour before the fire started, on account of a shortage of cars. Mr. Davis has since paseil away, but David Harris, it is interesting to relate, is still a resident of West rittston, at the age of 74, and has for many years been a fireboss in the same mine, now - known as the Exeter. When the scribe called on Mrs. Davis to glean a few facts in regard to the anniversary of the disaster, he was presented with a copy of the memorial issued soon after the disaster occurred, which bears the names of the victims, together with the ' resolutions concerning them adopted by District No. 1, Miners and Laborers' Benevolent Association. It is interesting to note that Jacob W. Evans, for many years a prominent resident of this city, now living at Mehoopany, was president of the committee which prepared the resolutions. Copies of these resolutions, framed, were to be found in the homes of many Pittston people in years past, but are rarely seen these clays. The list of dead in the West Pittston Shaft Disaster is as follows: David Edwards, John Lloyd, Benjamin Jones, Owen Macken, George Cull, Martin Crahan Hiram Curtis, William James, Aaron Smallcomb, Thomas Prosser, Peter Davis, Thomas Ruan, Timothy Walsh, Patrick Car - den John Burroughs, Daniel Conner, Patrick Farley, Martin jooney, ii.vu.n Davis, Charles McGtnnis.