Morgantown, WV (near) Mine Explosion, Jan 1933

TWO BODIES ARE FOUND IN SHAFT.

EXPLOSION IN MINE NEAR MORGANTOWN IS FATAL; DEATH INSTANT.

Morgantown, Jan. 17 -- (AP) -- Killed in an explosion a mile and a half underground, the bodies of two men, BOYD WARE, 27 years old, and HERBERT PIXLER, 40 years old, were removed from the Scott's Run coal mine of the Shriver Coal company today.
Rescue workers, led by State Mine Inspector William D. Lee, said the victims were instantly killed.
Deadly gas spread through the dark chamber where the victims were found but did not escape to other parts of the workings.
WARE, a foreman, and PIXLER, a fire boss, were the only employees in the mine when the explosion occurred.
Reports of the explosion brought 35 rescue squads from the mining country of western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia to help, if they were needed. A crowd of between 500 and 1500 stood at the mine entrance while rescue workers sought the bodies. The victims were badly burned and their clothing torn away by the explosion.

Charleston Daily Mail West Virginia 1933-01-17

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Boyd Ware

My grandfather. My mother was born April 19, just 3 months after the explosion.