Roslyn, WA Northern Pacific Mine Explosion, May 1892

EXPLOSION IN A MINE.

PROBABLY FIFTY LIVES LOST AT ROSLYN, WASHINGTON.

THE EXACT NUMBER UNKNOWN.

ONE OF THE GREATEST DISASTERS EVER CHRONICLED ON THE PACIFIC COAST -- NOT ONE ESCAPED TO TELL THE STORY OF THE DISASTER -- A LIST OF THE VICTIMS SO FAR AS KNOWN.

Roslyn, Wash., May 11. -- At 1:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon a terrible explosion occurred in the slope of mine No. 2, of the Northern Pacific Coal company at this point, in which the loss of life exceeded in number that of any other disaster that has ever been chronicled in the northwest or on the Pacific slope.
The exact nature of the explosion or the circumstances that led to it will probably never be known, since at this writing it is believed that very miner who was working in the slope at the time has perished. It is not definitely known as to the number of men who were in the vicinity of the disaster, but it is believed that between forty-five and fifty men were in the three levels that were affected by the explosion.
Large relief forces are at work and at this time two bodies have been recovered. These men are working nearest the opening and at some distance from the point whre it is supposed the explosion occurred.
Most of the men were 1,500 to 2,000 feet further in the slope, and in the immediately[sic] vicinity of the accident. There is no doubt either in the minds of the miners or the company's officials, but that every man was instantly killed by the explosion.
Following is an authenticated list of the men who were at work on the three levels that were affected, and their condition as to being single or men with families:
THOMAS HOLMES, married.
JOHN FOSTER, wife and baby.
PHILIP DAVIES, a large family.
THOMAS REES, large family.
JOHN REES, son of THOMAS.
WILL ROBINSON, wife and baby.
ROBERT GRAHAM, wife and two children.
GEORGE MOSES, leaves an orphan son ten years old.
A. POLLARD, colored, married.
JACK FERGESON, a large family.
GEORGE BROOKS, family at Streator, Illinois.
JOSEPH WORTH, SR., large family.
JOSEPH ELLSWORTH, JR.
JOHN LAFFERTY, single, aged sixty-five, owner of considerable property.
DAN McCLELLAND, wife and three children.
RICHARD FORSYTHE, family.
SCOTT MILES, colored, married.
PRUSS LUVING, colored, married.
ANDREW ERLLANDSON, wife and four children.
CHARLES PALMER, wife and child.
MITCHELL HALE, single.
MITCHELL ROLAND, large family, brother of ex-Superintendent ROLAND.
WINYARD STEELE, family. STEELE'S son was working with his father, but came out last trip and escaped. He was knocked down by the force of the explosion.
WILLIAM HAGUE, single, only support of mother and crippled sister.
EBEN OLSIFER, large family.
JOHN DANKO, Italian, with family.
JAKE WEATHERBEE, late mine boss at No. 3, large family.
JOSEPH BROWITT, family.
THOMAS BREDEN, leaves wife and five children.
HARRY CAMPBELL, single.
JAMES HOUSTON, colored.
JOSEPH BENNETT, wife and two children.
WILLIAM BENNETT, wife and three children.
JOSEPH ISMAY, son-in-law of ex-Superintendent ROLAND.
WILLIAM PENHALL, married.
SIDNEY WRIGHT, brother of County Clerk THOMAS WRIGHT, family.
JAMES MORGAN, single.
JACK BONE, single, soon to marry a lady at Durham.
HERMAN DEUSTER.

Hamilton Daily Democrat Ohio 1892-05-11

Comments

Correct name of a miner killed

The miner listed as Dan McClelland is incorrect. The CORRECT name is Dan McClennan who died on May 10, 1892. His widowed wife, Margaret, married my great uncle Robert E. Kermen in May 1895. She had three young children. In 1912 the family moved to Grandview, Washington. They are both buried in the Grandview Cemetery along with some of the children, Their tombstones on Find a grave show the correct spelling of McClennan.

list of name of those killed in the 1892 mine explosion in Rosly

In the listing of those killed in this explosion you show a Wilson Steel. This is not correct!! The correct name is Winyard Steele, married to Agnes, and there were six children. At the Roslyn Museum there is a map of the location of where each body was recovered. Winyard was beside his brother in law Mitchell Hale. Agnes lost both her brother and husband in this disaster. It would be nice if this were to be corrected. Thank You, Albert Mitchell Steele, great great grandson to Winyard.