Krebs, OK Mine Disaster, Jan 1892
BURIED IN A MINE.
Awful Loss of Life in an Indian Territory Mine Disaster.
The Deaths Estimated at Over 100 â€“ Two Hundred More Injured, One-Half Fatally â€“ Forty-Nine Dead Bodies Found.
A Frightful Horror.
SOUTH McALLISTER, I. T., Jan. 9 â€“ The horrors of the Diamond mine disaster at Braidwood, Ill., about eight years ago, were reenacted here Thursday night and Friday except that in this instance fire instead of flood was the instrument of destruction. As has already been telegraphed, the miners were preparing to leave shaft No. 11 at Krebs, 5 miles from here, operated by the Osage Coal & Mining Company, shortly after 5 o'clock Friday evening, a terrific explosion occurred spreading death among 400 or more miners at work. It is impossible at present to obtain any accurate information as to the number of lives lost or persons injured, but it is known that at least 100 men are entombed in the mine, and it is only possible to ascertain their number by a canvass from house to house, which is being made by a committee appointed for the purpose.
The explosion occurred about 5 p. m. Thursday, at which time there were about 400 men at work in the mine. They were the day shift, and were just preparing to ascent when the explosion took place. Six men who had already been hoisted in the cage had just stepped on the platform at the side of the shaft. The cage was blown through the roof of the tower and 50 feet into the air. Flames shot up the shaft and above the ground fully 100 feet, which were followed by a terrific report which was heard for miles around and shook all the neighboring country violently.
The news of the disaster spread quickly through the villagers surrounding Krebs. Every physician at once volunteered his services and hastened to Krebs ready to do his duty of mercy. Hundreds of miners from the Braidwood and McALlister fields hurried to the scene to do what they could in assisting in the rescue of the entombed men and the recovery of the dead. The work of rescue was begun at once and has continued all through Thursday night and Friday. The work was hazardous, but the hope that some of the unfortunate men might be rescued alive spurred the rescuers on to many deeds of bravery and possibly self-sacrifice.
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 11 â€“ A telegram received from Superintendent CAMERON, of the Osage mine at Krebs, says that all the bodies that have been found have been removed from the mine. There may be five or six more bodies under the heavy mass of slate which was dislodged by the explosion. The superintendent says he has six exploring parties at work.
The death list will prove a great deal smaller than first reported. The list now stands sixty-three dead and about one hundred injured.
The Ohio Democrat New Philadelphia Ohio 1892-01-14
List of Fatalities obtained from â€œThe Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 53, Number Summer 1980.
FRANK CHARLES CHARLES.
JOE CORRANTO, SR.
JOE CORRANTO, JR.
SAM N. FRENZIA.
MIKE GIACOMO, JR.
JOHN G. GREEN.
MIKE McSHAIM, JR.
MIKE McSHAIM, SR.
PETER V. VASSELLO.