Newcastle, CO Vulcan Mine Explosion, Dec 1913

Four Escape Death.

Forty-one men entered the Vulcan mine this morning, W. J. Finlay and John Dawson, working on an upper lift of the mine, escaped unhurt after the explosion. Kenneth Lewis and Lester Sparks, motorman and tripper, were outside the workings about to reenter when the explosion occurred.

Gale Obester was working alone in a slope some distance from the explosion, and the rescuers believe he may still be alive. His body has not been found. If "afterdamp" did not kill him they expect to find him stunned in a distant corner.

Colorado Spring Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO 17 Dec 1913

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List of Dead.

At a late hour the list of missing, all dead, was as follows:

L. L. CRAWFORD, 30, mine foreman, wife and one child.
D. C. NOLAND, miner 35, wife and three children.
LOUIS FUSCHINO, 33, wife and four children.
ADDIE NORTON, 33, wife.
ARVID JOHNSON, 26, wife and one child.
W. F. RAND [?], 32, married, three children.
HERBERT WOODS, 28, wife and one child.
GALE O??STER, 27, wife, one child.
JOE LA BLANCHE, 35, wife, five children.
MARION BONTO, 45, wife, four children.
LEE BONTO, son of Marion, 23, single.
WILLIAM MEESE, 55, five children.
JOE FAR?EN, 42, wife, three children.
JOHN OTTEN, 45, wife, five children.
BEN F. DAVIS, 24, wife.
R. WENDALL, 23, wife, two children.
WILLIAM SHEARER, 26, wife and child.

All single men:

LOU WALTERS, 23, fire boss.
TONY MONPELLI, 45.
JIM MONPELLI, 46.
GALVEL MONPELLI, 45.
E. McCLAIN, 25.
CLINT CRAWFORD, 26.
GEORGE SMITH, 23.
WALLACE BAXTER, 38.
N. MURPHY, 21.
R. FILSO, 27.
A. CSIPKE, 40.
S. SKALONONSKY, 24.
DAVE TALMAGE, 24.
FRED COE, 46.
F. M'CANN, 23.
R. STARBUCK, 22.
E. STRANG, 27. F. OBESTER, 24.

Colorado Spring Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO 17 Dec 1913

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Recovers 35 Bodies.

The bodies of George Smith and William Reed were taken from the mine tonight, bringing the total of the bodies recovered from the Vulcan mine to 35. Two more bodies remain to be recovered. They are Roy McLain and Norman Murphy.

Colorado Spring Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO 18 Dec 1913