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Joseph A.“Jock” Yablonski

(1910-1969)

 
 
Joseph A."Jock" Yablonski Marker image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats, May 9, 2006
1. Joseph A."Jock" Yablonski Marker
Inscription. A longtime resident of California and elected official of the United Mine Workers of America. He led efforts to improve working conditions for coal miners. On December 31, 1969—shortly after his defeat as a reform candidate for president of the UMW—he, his wife Margaret, and their daughter Charlotte were assassinated. In 1972, reformers were elected to leadership of the UMW.
 
Erected 1995 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 3.995′ N, 79° 53.392′ W. Marker is in California, Pennsylvania, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Wood Street (Pennsylvania Route 88) and Third Street (Pennsylvania Route 88), on the right when traveling north on Wood Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: California PA 15419, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. California Boatyards (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); California (approx. 0.3 miles away); James G. Blaine (approx. 2.8 miles away); Redstone Old Fort (approx. 3 miles away); Steamboat Enterprise/Boatbuilding Center (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in California.
 
Also see . . .
Joseph A."Jock" Yablonski Marker image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats, May 9, 2006
2. Joseph A."Jock" Yablonski Marker

1. Murder-for-Hire, the Jock Yablonski Story. One paragraph summary of the murders, with photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Yablonksi shortly before their death. (Submitted on May 11, 2006.) 

2. The Yablonski Murders. Essay by Brian Hogbin. (Submitted on May 11, 2006.) 

3. Joseph "Jock"Yablonski at FindAGrave.com. Includes photos of the gravesite. (Submitted on May 11, 2006.) 

4. Act of Vengeance. DVD of 1986 movie staring Charles Bronson, Ellen Burstyn and Keanu Reeves. On Amazon.com. (Submitted on May 11, 2006.) 

5. Joseph A. "Jock" Yablonski - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 13, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. Labor UnionsNotable Persons
 
Joseph A."Jock" Yablonski Marker image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats, May 9, 2006
3. Joseph A."Jock" Yablonski Marker
Jock Yablonski visting coal miners image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
4. Jock Yablonski visting coal miners
Courtesy of the United Mine Workers of America
Tony Boyle is carried into the courtroom image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, 1973
5. Tony Boyle is carried into the courtroom
Washington, Pennsylvania, for arraignment for the murders of the Yablonski family, December 1973 Courtesy of KDKA-TV
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2006, by Phyllis Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 6,222 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 11, 2006, by Phyllis Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on July 28, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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