Sandoval, IL Coal Mine Explosion, Mar 1903

MEET DEATH IN A MINE.

EXPLOSION AT SANDOVAL, ILL., KILLS FIVE MEN AND FATALLY INJURES FOUR OTHERS.

Sandoval, Ill., March 31 -- Five men were killed and four fatally injured by an explosion in a coal mine near here today.
The dead:
FRANK DAVIS.
L. F. LAMAY.
DOMINIC BARLOTTSO.
JOHN GACHENIS.
JOE BEANCA.
The fatally injured:
HENRY NEWHOUSE.
HENRY WHELER.
CHARLES LEWIS.
WILLIAM McCADDEN.
Seriously hurt:
FRANK DAY.
Three of the dead men leave families. It is thought the explosion was caused by a shot igniting the coal dust.

Decatur Herald Illinois 1903-04-01

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COAL MINE EXPLOSION CAUSES DEATH OF FIVE.

FOUR OTHERS ARE FATALLY INJURED IN A SHAFT BELONGING TO THE SANDOVAL COMPANY.

Sandoval, Ill., April 1. -- Five men were killed and four fatally injured by an explosion in the coal mine here.
The dead:
FRANK DAVIS.
L. F. LAMAY.
DOMINIC BARLOTTSO.
JOHN GACHENIS.
JOE BEANCA.
The fatally injured:
HENRY NEWHOUSE.
HENRY WHEELER.
CHARLES LEWIS.
WILLIAM McFADDEN.
The accident was due to an accumulation of gases in the mine from imperfect ventilation and coal dust which had been allowed to gather two feet in depth in many places. The force of the explosion wrecked the interior of the mines, destroying trap doors and knocking down props. The coal shaft is the property of the Sandoval Coal company, of which T. S. Marshall of Salem is the principal stockholder.

Logansport Reporter Indiana 1903-04-02

Comments

incorrect spelling of a victims name

The person that this article refers to as Dominic Barlottso is really Dominic Bertolero. He was my great-grandfather. My grandfather Guido Bertolero told me this story over the years before he died.I imagine that several other of the immigrants names have not been spelled correctly either.