Berwind White Mine Explosion
March 23, 1896
TERRIBLE MINE EXPLOSION.
Ten Men Killed Outright and Three Others
Supposed to be Dead.
Dubois, Pa., March 23.—The following miners
were killed today by an explosion in the Berwind-White
mine: George Harvey,
Henry Harvey, Henry James Graham, sr., James
Graham, jr., Lindsey H. Bradley, John Monroe,
Jesse Postlewaite, George Postlewaite and Andrew
Noak. The following are still in the
mine and supposed to be dead:
David Bell, Reuben Noble and George Ainsley.
There was another explosion at the Adrian mines,
eight miles north of here, caused by fire damp.
Two men were killed.
Albuquerque Morning Democrat. Albuquerque,
NM 24 Mar 1896
MINERS MEET DEATH
Two Explosions in Coal Mines at Dubois, Pa.,
Kill Fifteen Workmen.
BODIES BADLY MANGLED
The Accident at the Berwind-White Mine Was
Caused by the Firing of a Charge.
Special to The Inquirer.
DUBOIS, Pa., March 23.—Nearly a score of men
were killed and a half dozen others badly
injured in two mine explosions that occurred in
this district to-day. The first was at 9 o’clock
this morning, in the new shaft of the Berwind-White
Mining Company, of Philadelphia, and at least
thirteen men were killed outright.
Their names are as follows:
married, no children.
HENRY HARVEY, married, two children.
HARRY SMITH, married, two children.
JAMES GRAHAM, Sr., married, large
JAMES GRAHAM, Jr., single.
LINDSEY H. BRADLEY, married.
JOHN MONROE, married, two children.
JESSE POSTLEHWAITE, married, three
GEO. POSTLETHWAITE, married, large
ANDREW NOWAK, married.
DAVID BELL, married.
REUBEN NOBLE, married.
GEORGE AINSLEY, married.
BODIES FRIGHTFULLY MANGLED
The former were sent to the surface while the
dead were kept below until their mangled bodies
could be made presentable. They were washed,
wrapped in blankets and then sent up, many
wives, and mothers who were crowding around the
mouth of the shaft, fainted at the sight of the
The mine on the north side was wrecked, beams
and supports were smashed into match wood. Rails
were twisted and the roof caved in. The victims
all met their deaths from the force of the
explosion. The injured number seven and with the
possible exception of two or three will recover.
NOT THE FIRST ACCIDENT.
The Berwind-White Company has been very
unfortunate with this mine. It has been flooded
several times, and powerful pumps are constantly
in operation to keep the lower level clear.
Until recently a new air shaft was completed,
but as there is much water at the foot of it, it
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia,
PA 24 Mar 1896
THIRTEEN KILLED IN A MINE.
A Gas Explosion at Dubois, Pa—All the Poor
Fellows, Save One, Had Families.
DUBOIS, PA., March 23.—There was a gas
explosion at the Berwind-White shaft at the
eastern limits of town this afternoon and
thirteen miners were killed. It is a new mine
which the company has been opening up and
working crews in shafts to push the headings out
in various directions for big work later on.
Seventeen men went on at 7 o’clock this morning,
thirteen going into the north heading and four
into the south heading. About 10 o’clock the
latter were sensible of a shock and a few
minutes later the mine boss came to them and
told them something had happened and that they
should get out as soon as they could. When the
party, then consisting of five, reached the foot
of the shaft, they were nearly overcome by gas
and were hurriedly taken up in the cage.
Assistance was immediately summoned and
practical miners from the Bell Lewis & Yates
Company mines immediately volunteered their
Ten bodies have thus far been recovered. The
other bodies are still in the mine and the
remains are being searched for. All the victims
were residents of Dubois, and with one exception
Daily Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC 24
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