Sunday, May 7, 2023

Two Young Men from Romania who Died in a Quarry Accident in 1915

At the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio are two tombstones honoring the memory of Jon G. Morariu and John Alecsa Galario. The men died in a mining accident in a quarry in Margaretta Township in Erie County, Ohio on September 16, 1915. They were both natives of Romania. 

Dr. Fred Schoepfle, Coroner, signed the death records of these men. John G. Morariu was about age 45 at the time of his death. His cause of death was a fractured skull, after a dynamite explosion.

John Alecsa Galario was age 22 when he was also killed in the explosion. He died when he suffered internal injuries, concussion, and shock when the explosion occurred.

The spellings of the names of these two men vary widely in records,  which is not uncommon for individuals of foreign birth who died in the United States in the early twentieth century. The death records of these two men are in chronological order in the Bureau of Vital Statistics for the State of Ohio, and their tombstones are side by side at St. Joseph's Cemetery. They probably came to America for a better life than they had in Romania, but tragically their lives were cut short. Rest in Peace!