South Wellington, BC Mine Flooding, Feb 1915

B. C. MINE FLOODS AND 21 MINERS CAUGHT IN TRAP.

Vancouver, B.C., Feb. 10. -- Telephone messages from Nanaimo today say that absolutely no hope is held out that any of the 21 men caught yesterday in the flood in South Wellington mine can be alive.

The Dead:
ROBERT MILLER, miner.
WILLIAM GILSON, miner.
OLAF LINGERAN, miner.
GLAGORRIS MARVOS, miner.
WILLIAM ANDERSON, miner.
JIM HORNIS, miner.
PETER FEARON, miner.
JOHN HUNTER, miner.
FRANK HUNTER, miner's helper.
SAMUEL WARDLE, miner.
JOHN STEWART, miner.
THOMAS WATSON, miner.
JOSEPH FEARON, miner.
WILLIAM IRVING, miner.
DAVID NELLIST, fireboss.
P. FINN, pusher.
FRANK MARVELLE, winch boy.
JOSEPH COWDER, miner's helper.
JOSEPH FOY, mine manager.

Nanaimo, B.C., Feb. 10. -- Efforts to recover the bodies of 21 miners who lost their lives by drowning yesterday in the South Wellington mine of the Pacific Coast Coal Mines, Ltd., were begun here today. Big pumps, by which it is hoped to clear the mine levels of water were to be installed by Mine Inspector John Newton, who took charge of the mine after the disaster. It was not expected, however, that any of the bodies will be reached for several weeks, owing to the extensive workings in the mine.
The explosion was caused by the miners blowing in an old working of the mine which flooded their own shaft.

Lethbridge Herald Alberta Canada 1915-02-10

Comments

The name Joseph Foy lives on in BC

My father, was named after his grandfather Joseph Foy who died in that mine disaster in 1915. I was named after him too. And when our son was born - we named him Joseph Foy too. It gets confusing sometimes at family gatherings when someone calls for Joe. Most of our family, decendents of Joseph Foy, still live in BC. One couple live within walking distance of the miners' gravesite in Nanaimo BC.