Kellogg, ID Fire Breaks Out In Silver Mine, May 1972
A task force of eight men from the United Steel Workers Union in Pittsburgh, Pa., arrived during the day to investigate safety conditions. The silver miners are members of that union.
ELBURT F. OSBORNE, director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, said safety infractions found during inspections in 1970 and 1971 had all been corrected as of this past January. He saw no connection between the earlier safety violations and the fire.
Sixteen bodies have been brought up. Rescue efforts were directed mainly, however, toward the men who may be alive. Removal of the remaining eight known dead was postponed temporarily.
NAMES OF 17 DEAD RELEASED.
Kellogg, Idaho (AP) -- The names of 17 Sunshine Mine workers killed when an underground fire swept through the nation's richest and deepest silver mine here Tuesday have been released.
Twenty-four are known dead and 58 are unaccounted for but the task of removing bodies from the mine was halted Wednesday when smoke continued to enter the working areas. The names of the missing have not been released.
The dead miners include:
ROBERT BUSH, 49, Kellogg.
WAYNE BLAYLOCK, 36, Cataldo, Idaho.
ROBERTO DIAZ, Mullan, Idaho.
PAUL HOBSON, 57, Kellogg.
PAUL JOHNSON, 47, Kingston, Idaho.
DONALD BEEHNER, 38, Wallace, Idaho.
CHARLES CASTEEL, 30, Big Creek, Idaho.
WILLIAM HANNA, 48, Kellogg.
FLOYD RAIS, 61, Kellogg.
NICK SHARETTE, 48, Kellogg.
WILLIAM E. WILSON, 32, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
DOUGLAS WIEDERICK (no age or hometown).
GRADY TRUELOCK (no age or hometown).
ELMER KITCHEN (no age or hometown).
DEWELLYN KITCHEN (no age or hometown).
FRED E. JOHNSON (no age or hometown).
DEWAIN CROW (no age or hometown).
Montana Standard Butte Montana 1972-05-05
Listing of the Deceased Miners.
ROBERT H. ALEXANDER, Kellogg.
BILLY W. ALLEN, Big Creek.
WAYNE L. ALLEN, Big Creek.
RICHARD MARLIN ALLISON, Wallace.
ARNOLD EVERT ANDERSON, Wardner.
ROBERT LEWIS ANDERSON, Osburn.
JOE E. ARMIJO, Wallace.
BENJAMIN S. BARBER, Kellogg.
ROBERT E. BARKER, Kellogg.
VIRGIL BEBB, Montgomery Gulch.
DONALD GENE BOEHNER, Burke Road.
RICHARD D. BOWLEY, Kellogg.
GEORGE W. BIRCHETT, Smelterville.
WAYNE BLALACK, Cataldo.
ROBERT WARREN BUSH, Kellogg.
FLOYD L. BYINGTON, Moon Gulch.
CARTER DON CARLOS, Black Lake.
CLARENCE LEE CASE, Mullan.
CHARLES CASTEEL, Osburn.
KEVIN ALFRED CROKER, Wallace.
DUWAIN D. CROW, Big Creek.
RODERICK B. DAVENPORT, Pinehurst.
JOHN W. DAVIS, Wallace.
RICHARD DELBRIDGE, Osburn.
WILLIAM R. DELBRIDGE, Wallace.
ROBERTO DIAZ, Mullen.
GREGORY DIONNE, Hayden Lake.
NORMAN S. FEE, Wallace.
LYLE M. FINDLEY, Kellogg.
DONALD K. FIRKINS, Pinehurst.
HOWARD L. FLESHMAN, Pinehurst.
WILLIAM R. FOLLETTE, Harrison.
RICHARD GARCIA, Kellogg.
RICHARD GLEN GEORGE, Wallace.
ROBERT W. GOFF, Osburn.
LOUIS W. GOOS, Wallace.
JOHN P. GUERTNER, Osburn.
WILLIAM F. HANNA, Kellogg.
HOWARD HARRISON, Osburn.
PATRICK MICHAEL HOBSON, Kellogg.
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