Hard Work Pays Off For Coal Miner’s Son

by Courtney Wheaton on October 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

The son of a coal miner’s dream to honor his father and other fallen miners came true at a memorial unveiling on Saturday.

Sam Bennett has worked for the past three years to get a coal miners memorial erected to remember the hard work and dedication of coal miners in Coshocton County. The idea started off small, but eventually grew into a community project.

"The response has been out of this world," said Bennett. I’ve been getting phone calls from granddaughters, grandsons, parents, I mean just a bunch of people, everybody in this community of Coshocton County has been touched by coal mining. "

Bennett says the project cost more than $60,000 to complete, but it was all worth it to give recognition to the man who made him who he is today.

"He told me it was hard and he asked me about six month before he had his accident, what do you want to be when you grow up? I said "I want to be a coal miner".. Boy he looked at me, gave me a dirty look and said " You don’t want to do that, you want to go to school get an education and get a good job, " said Bennett.

The Coal Miners Memorial was created by Zanesville native and Sculptor, Alan Cottrill and is located on the lawn of the Coshocton County Court House.