Millfield, OH Deadly Mine Explosion, Nov 1930
81 BODIES ARE RECOVERED FROM MINE.
RESCUERS FIND 20 MEN WHO ESCAPED DEADLY FUMES.
Millfield, O., Nov. 6. -- Eighty-one bodies were reported by officials today to have been recovered from the No. 6 mine of the Sunday Creek Coal Company, which was rocked by an explosion of a gas pocket yesterday noon when 238 workers and company officials were underground.
With the recovery of the 81st body, C. C. COOK, company official, reported that no other victims were in the mine and that the number represented the entire casualties.
Rescue workers were said to have searched every recess in the mine and were unable to find additional bodies. With the announcement came a halt in the activities of rescuers, and they were ordered to the surface.
Official announcement of the death list allayed fears that a greater number had been trapped and asphyxiated. Throughout the night while rescue workers toiled through the tunnels in search of bodies, officials announced 158 men were missing and that it was believed they had died. Potential fatalities were reduced, however, with the rescue of 20 men who had taken refuge behind a gas barrier where they remained until the gases had been driven from the mine and their plight discovered by relief workers.
As the last body was raised from the depths of the 189 foot shaft and taken to an improvised morgue at Millfield, rescue workers staggered from the pit, their faces haggard and drawn from 20 hours ceaseless toil underground.
Many were on the verge of collapse and required assistance in regaining their normal facilities. The men described their work underground as horrifying, but beyond that were for the most part unable to relate their experiences.
LISTING OF THE VICTIMS OF THIS DISASATER AT MILLFIELD, O.
As accurate as can be ascertained:
ROY ANDREWS; WALTER ANDRYVICH; JOHN BOWER; DELMER BOWER; JOSEPH BERGIN; GEORGE BROWN; SAM BROWN; WILLIAM BROWN; PAUL BURGISS; ALEX BURMICH; JOE BUTSKO; JOHN BUTSKO; MICHAEL CLANCY; WILLIAM CLANCY; PEARL A. COEN; ANDY CUBA; FRANK DAVIS; CLYDE DEAN; PAUL ERVAN; PHILLIP ERVAN; SILAS ERVAN; BEN FIELDER; JOHN GREEN; MILES GRIMM; JAMES GENISE; THOMAS HARLEY; WALTER HAYDEN; JOHN HITHER; CHARLES HOOPS; ERAM HOVATH; CHARLES HUNTER; RAY HUNTER; JAMES HURD; JOSEPH JACKSON; FRANK KEARNS; ANDY KISH, SR.; ANDY KISH, JR.; GEORGE KISH; STANLEY KISH; WILLIAM KISH; HUBERT LANCHASTER; EMERSON LeFEVER; JAMES A. LYONS; JOHN McCALLISTER; CAM McGEE; EARL McGEE; GEORGE McLAIN; C. F. McGEE; ED McMANAWAY; JAMES MARTIN; WILLIAM MESSENGER; JAMES NORTH; WILBER NORTH; W. RAY PERRY; ROBERT PARSONS; JOHN PATTERSON; FLOYD PETTETT; THOMAS PAYATT; WILLIAM PAYATT; VIRGIL PHILLIPS; PHIL POWELL; ABE RANKINS; VERNON ROBERTS; CARL ROBINETTE; CHARLES SYCKS; GEORGE THOMAS; ANDY TONAK; WILLIAM E. TYTUS; THOMAS TRAINER; HOWARD H. UPTON; ALFRED WADE; LUTHER WADE; JOHN WEISE; JOHN WILLIAMS; ANDREW WILLIS; VIRGIL WILLIS; HARRY WILLIRON; JOHN WOODROSKI.
The Chronicle Telegram Elyria Ohio 1930-11-06
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