Rossmore Mine

This was originally published on Martha Sparks’ My West Virginia Mountain website and is reprinted here with her permission and our special thanks.

Rossmore Mine, Logan County, WVCoal Mine at Rossmore, West Virginia

The coal mine, long closed, yet readily visible from the main highway (Route 44), at Rossmore, West Virginia is among the oldest in the county (ca. 1912).

From the now cut stone covered entrance, visitors can easily share in the dire experiences a coal miner might have seen while crawling into that deep, dark hole.

The Rossmore mine and coal camp, adjacent to the mine, are both named for Mr. J.J. Ross, past owner and general manager of the operation.

J.J. Ross, a West Virginia University graduate, came to Logan in 1910 as general manager for the Logan Mining Company to develop and organize and oversee operations owned by Mr. C. L. Hutchinson.

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17 Responses to Rossmore Mine

  1. Frank Mcdonald ( Steve ) . says:

    My mother met my father In the one room stone school house .When she was 16 they were married Frank E Mcdonald and Phyllis J ,Morris .My brother Paul now lives on the site of the camp that is now a trailer park .We came to Ohio when I was 6 and are still here .

  2. Frank Mcdonald ( Steve ) . says:

    My Grandfather Elmer lee Morris worked the mine ,They lived in the last house by the tracks I think it was yellow ,I think he worked there from the 20s through the 60s ,He also played ball for the mine team ,In the 70s or 80s the Logan banner did a story about the great mine team from the past and my Grand father was in it ,One day he showed me how they were paid and lived ,My response was that it was SLAVERY just by a different name ,My first word I ever said was PAPA in that house

  3. Allison Bell says:

    My great granduncle was named Frank Stec (Franciszek Stecz). He was born in Poland, came to NJ for a time and then went to this mine to find work. There is a story that he shot someone and had to serve time in a prison in WV. If anyone knows anything more, please let me know 🙂

    • Bob Piros says:

      Allison,you might want to use
      familysearch.org to search for
      Frank Stec.New Jersey shows
      a Frank Jr.,mother Sophie born
      in Poland in the 1940 census,shows
      her as a widow.

    • Allison says:

      I checked it out. That’s not him. My Frank was born around 1882.

      • Bob Piros says:

        Ok, there is a Franciszek Stecz(Stec)
        born Oct.3,1882 in Popkouice Poland
        at familysearch.org. Do you know his
        parents’ names?

        • Allison says:

          Which document is that from? The town is close to where my great grandfather was from (Turbia) so it could be. Their parents were supposedly named Mary and the father was either Ignatius or Antoni. My gg’s marriage and death certificates both say something different.

          Frank came to NJ, went to WV for work, where he supposedly shot a man and did some time. He came back to NJ briefly and then left and no one ever saw him again.

          • Bob Piros says:

            Allison,could you post your
            e-mail address.
            At the familysearch.org
            site, put in
            Franciszek Stec, then Poland.
            A list of names will appear.
            You can also search at the
            Ellis Island site, might find
            when Frank arrived in USA.
            In which state did he first live?
            Maybe he went back to
            Poland to live.

  4. Robert McCormack says:

    My father, Clovis (Shine) McCormack as well as my Uncle John Enyart worked at that mine. We used to visit my Uncle and Aunt who lived in the Rossmore camp. I recall my Dad pointing out the mine entrance many times as we passed by.

  5. Jason Petroff says:

    My name is Jason Petroff, my grandfather Jack Petroff was raised in Rossmore, and Worked as an electrician underground for many years.

    • Frank Thompson says:

      My grandfather was John Petroff and also worked at the Rossmore Mine. He was also friends with your grandfather.

    • Jim (James Alex) Coleman says:

      I lived till the age of 13 in Rossmore, WV. We left in Jan. of 1959. My first and second grade teacher was Betty Petroff. I remember she had a younger brother named Bates who taught my sister (Donna Coleman) to dance. I used to carry (good) drinking water from the spring on the Logan end of the bridge for the elder Mr. Petroff for a dime. Good, good memories! Does any of this ring any bells for you?

      • Nan Farley Beckett says:

        I knew Bates Petroff, he was a very cute guy, was a year ahead of me in hi school. Rode our school bus some times , and yes he was a good dancer. Is Bates still around ?

  6. Josie Fortuna Reed says:

    My grandfather, William Ellis Gollihue, lost his entire right arm in a mining accident in the Rossmore mine. The poster Barbara Howard is my second cousin.

  7. dee lunny says:

    my dad Richie Farrell and my Uncle tom(rip) worked in these coal mines for 25 yrs. still tells stories about it today.

  8. barbara gollihue howard says:

    my grandfather charles ellixson worked at this mines, and lived on mona hill. i remember the names of petroff, whitt, vance, napiers, fields, i was born on mona hill, my parents was Roy and Myrtle Ellixson Gollihue.

  9. Frank Thompson says:

    My grandfather, John Petroff (1876-1943) lived at Monahill and worked at this coal mine.

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