Pittsburgh, PA Naomi Mine Accident, May 1923
Head Crushed When Cars Jump Track
Charles J. Phillips, a highly respected young man of Belle Vernon was fatally injured yesterday morning while at work in the Naomi mine of the Pittsburgh Coal company. The young man was employed as a motorman in the mine and was coming in with a load of cars to the bottom of the mine when the string of cars jumped the track and were wrecked. The motorman attempted jump to safety but instead he was caught between one of the cars and the side of the mine and his head horribly crushed. Other workmen hearing the sound of the crash of cars hurried to the scene and found the young man breathing his last.
The deceased has been a resident of this section for a number of years and has made his home with Mrs. Watson at Fairhope. He is survived by his father and two sisters at Centralia, Ill.
The engagement of the deceased and Miss Belle Montgomery, a teacher in the local public schools, was announced during the holidays and it was stated the wedding was to be an event of early summer.
The body was removed to the Melenyzer morgue and prepared for burial which will take place, tomorrow afternoon in the Belle Vernon cemetery following services at the Marion Presbyterian church in charge of Rev. Fulton.
Monessen Daily Independent, Monessen, PA, 15 May 1923