Mullan, ID Mine Cage Cable Breaks, Oct 1936
10 MEN PLUNGE TO DEATH IN IDAHO'S WORST MINE DISASTER.
CABLE SNAPS AND CAGE DROPS 900 FEET IN SHAFT.
MORNING STAR COMPANY OFFICIALS AT MULLAN COMPLETE IDENTIFICATION OF MANGLED MINERS' BODIES.
STATE INSPECTOR CALLS FOR INQUEST.
(By The Associated Press)
Mullan, Idaho, Oct. 6. -- A mine cage, plummeting 900 feet after a hoisting cable broke, carried 10 miners to death early today in the Morning Mine shaft near here.
The body of LOUIS GOFF, 25, of Mullan, was found this afternoon crushed under the wreckage and debris at the bottom of the mine.
The lower deck of the elevator cage had just been loaded, cageman HENRY AUNE, at the surface, was lowering it so men could enter the middle deck when the cable snapped 1400 feet above. The cage shot downward with the men, with tons of cable whipping behind and crushing the wreckage at the bottom.
Company officials completed identification of the mangled bodies late today:
REX MITHELETTA, 27, unmarried, of Cle Elum, Washington.
HARRY McGOWAN, survived by his widow at Dickey, North Dakota.
ANDREW KESE, 54, unmarried, Ravendale, Washington.
AUGUST SIPONENE, 48, survived by his widow at Hancock, Michigan.
CARL DONALDSON, 24, married, Wallace, Idaho.
WILLIAM R. BUCHANAN, 22, unmarried, Spokane, Washington.
JERRY PHELAN, 28, survived by his widow, daughter and a brother who is a traffic officer at Missoula, Montana.
CLEO PURCELL, 29, survived by his widow and two children, Mullan, Idaho.
ELMER WOODWORTH, 46, unmarried, of Mullan; survived by his mother, Mrs. Alice Woodworth of Butte, Montana.
LOUIS GOFF, 25, of Mullan.
Arthur Campbell, Idaho state mine inspector, called an inquest for 10 a.m. tomorrow. At the request of Morning Mine officials, he said he was having the broken section of the cable brought to the hearing. Experts, he said, will examine it in an effort to determine what caused it to break.
"This is the worst accident in the history of Idaho mining," he said.
Twin Falls Daily News Idaho 1936-10-07