Huntington City Dedicates Mine Memorial

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By Sara Price

Huntington residents are no strangers to mine deaths. Last Friday, a new memorial was dedicated to those who have perished in local mines.

Huntington City resident Boyd Wilson, suggested to mayor Hilary Gordon that a memorial be created to pay tribute to not only miners killed in a Huntington Canyon mine, but to Huntington citizens who were killed in a mine anywhere.

The task took time, as Wilson gathered over 1,300 names. The Emery County Historical Society provided the list of names to Wilson who moved ahead with the memorial plans. Together with the help of many businesses and individuals, the memorial became a reality. Despite bitter cold conditions, the memorial was dedicated on Friday, Nov 22.

Huntington Glee Club members sang a musical number and pastor Carl Sitterud dedicated the site.

The memorial has room for additional names. Some names may have been accidentally overlooked and Wilson suggests contacting Huntington City with additional information.

Individuals whose names already appear on a different memorial are not included on this tribute. Names included on the memorial are as follows:

Edward Hardee May 1, 1900 Joe Piccolo April 25, 1957
Thomas Hardee May 1, 1900 Swen Daniels July 7, 1957
Robert Wilstead May 1, 1900 Nels Christensen August 8, 1957
William Wilstead May 1, 1900 Kevin Rowley May 5, 1964
William Forrester August 8, 1914 Perry Wakefield April 24, 1965
Francis Newland August 26, 1921 Burton Dye January 21, 1970
Alma Hardee March 8, 1924 Douglas Sitterud January 29, 1973
Thomas Reese March 8, 1924 Paul Manchester November 23, 1973
Guy McArthur March 21, 1924 Russell Larsen May 12, 1975
John Marshall March 18, 1925 Roger Luke May 12, 1975
Emery Bigelow February 4, 1926 Alfred Willis May 12, 1975
Andrew Christensen September 9, 1930 Phillip Adamson October 9, 1976
Walter Black March 6, 1931 Ben Noyes August 30, 1977
N.L. Murray October 23, 1933 Leon Humberto July 8, 1978
Lyman Jansen January 3, 1941 Kanny Motte January 15, 1979
Dell Anderson March 7, 1941 Kerry Grange August 24, 1979
John Birch March 10, 1941 Jimmy Leroy August 12, 1982
Jack Gordon August 12, 1941 Robert Wright January 13, 1984
Ernest Cullum February 17, 1944 Jamie Salido January 29, 1985
Delbert Leamaster October 12, 1946 Jed Oliver August 5, 1986
Burke Frandsen March 7, 1947 Harvey Randall December 23, 1996
Jack Nielson October 31, 1952 Samuel Jenkins August 24, 1997
Peter Muring January 17, 1953 Alejandro Medina July 15, 1999
Archie Blackham April 25, 1957 Cory Nielson August 1, 2000
Rosel Jensen April 25, 1957 Elam Jones March 22, 2013
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