Hillcrest Mining Disaster 100th Anniversary

Hillcrest Mining Disaster 100th Anniversary

100 years ago in June, my great grandpa, John Deak, decided not to go to work at the Hillcrest Mine. Had he gone, my maternal lineage would not exist, as that was the day and location of the largest mining disaster in North America.
My great grand parents met when my great grandma, Suzanne Kiraly, came to Hillcrest to help with the disaster relief. They married soon after, and my grandmother, Helen Juhas, was born the following year.
My great grandpa devoted his life to improving working conditions and starting the coal mining unions.
As a toddler, with my great grandpa, I attended the 50th anniversary commemoration ceremonies of the mining disaster. For more information on the 100th anniversary events see: http://www.hillcrestmine100.com/schedule-of-events.htmlhttp://www.hillcrestmine100.com/schedule-of-events.html
http://www.miningandexploration.ca/history/article/the_hillcrest_100th_commemorative_and_spirit_of_the_coal_miner_celebration/