Panama, IL Mine Explosion, Nov 1910

Five Dead, 18 Hurt, In Mine.

Fifty Miners Were Rescued In Explosion at Illinois Coal Workings.

Hillsboro, Ill., Nov. 11.-Five miners were killed and eighteen were injured in an explosion this morning in the Shoal Creek Coal Company’s mine at Panama, a mining town in the southern part of Montgomery County. Fifty men, working in the section of the mine where the explosion occurred, when rescued. Altogether 350 men were under ground at the time, but 300 of them were in no danger.

The cause of the explosion is not known. The dead and injured were burned by the flames of the explosion, but the mine was not set on fire.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Nov 1910

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Four Miners Killed In An Illinois Mine

Hillsboro, Ill., Nov. 11.-Four miners were killed and 10 were injured in an explosion this morning in the Shoal Creek Coal Company’s mine at Panama, Montgomery County.

Fifty men who were working in the section of the mine where the explosion occurred, were rescued, according to the mine manage. Although 350 men were underground at the time but 300 of them were in no danger.

The cause of the explosion is not known.

The dead: J. WILBUR, JACOB HERMAN, JOE VERENERO, one unidentified man.

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The Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN 12 Nov 1910

Five Dead As Result of Mine Explosion

Eighteen Injured Due To Accumulation of Gas in Shaft of Illinois Colliery.

Earth Shaken For Miles Around.

Three Hundred Men Employed In Mine But Most of Them Were Outside at Time of Accident

By the Associated Press

Hillsboro, Ill.,-Five men are dead and eighteen injured as the result of an explosion in a mine of the Shoal Creek Coal Company of Chicago, at Panama, twelve miles north of here today. Four of the men were killed outright and the fifth died from injuries later. He was an Italian who was so mangled as to be unrecognizable. RASSEL ROMANIO, miner, still is in the shaft.

Gas, which had accumulated overnight in a pocket several hundred feet from the mouth of the mine, exploded before 9 o’clock, tearing out timber and shaking the earth for miles around.

No serious fire followed. Men who escaped death were injured by falling slate and flames from the explosion. About 300 men were at work in and about the mine, most of them being outside and away from danger. Fifty men in the entry of the shaft were rescued by other mines.

Aberdeen Daily American, Aberdeen, SD 12 Nov 1910