55. Lupcho, Joe

Joe LUPCHO(1-2) was born in 1907 in Wyoming to Andrew Lupcho and Barbara Shintelli.(2-6)   He appeared in the census in 1910 in Frontier, Wyoming living with his parents and siblings.(5)  He appeared in the census in 1920 in Lincoln County, Wyoming, living with his widowed father and siblings.(4) Joe, his father Andrew and his older brother George, were all killed in a gas explosion in Frontier No. 1 coal mine on 14 August 1923 in Frontier, Wyoming.(3)  Joe was 17 years old.(2-6) He was buried on 17 August 1923 in Kemmerer, Wyoming.(3)  
Appearing in the Kemmerer Republican was the following article entitled, First Day at Work:

No family in Frontier was more sadly smitten by the explosion than that of Andrew Lupcho, who lost his life along with his two sons, George and Joe.  Joe had been off duty for two weeks suffering from an injured knee, sustained in the mine, and had just been released the morning of the accident when he was killed.(7)

He never married and was the youngest coal miner killed in the accident.(2)

            1. Kemmerer Republican, (Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming), 24 August 1923, page 1, microfilm; Lincoln County Library, 519 Emerald Street, Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming 83101.
            2. Sneddon Robert T.  Inspector (Dist 1) & Robert V. Hotchkiss Inspector (Dist2), "State Coal Mine Inspectors Of Wyoming, Districts No. 1 and 2," year:  1923; report, 1923; , Wyoming State Archives, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
            3. George Lupcho, death certificate file no. 1463 (14 August 1923), State of Wyoming, Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Centeral Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.
            4. 1920, , population schedule, Year: 1920; Census Place: Election District 8, Lincoln, Wyoming; Roll: T625_2027; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 63, Andrew Lupcho family including George & Joe; digital images, Ancestry.com (: online August 2011); Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch..
            5. 1910, , population schedule, Year: 1910; Census Place: Frontier, Uinta, Wyoming; Roll: T624_1747; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0129; FHL microfilm: 1375760, Andrew Lupcho family including George & Joe; digital images, Ancestry.com (: August 2011 ); Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006..
            6. Cemetery-Headstone, Kemmerer City Cemetery, Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming.  Personal photograph, property of and in possession of Roberts Roots & Branches, of headstone taken between 2000 and 2003., George/Joe Lupcho headstone.
            (7) Kemmerer Republican, Friday, 17 August 1923 page 1, on microfilm at the Lincoln County Library, Kemmerer Branch, Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming.

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