Century, WV Century Coal Mine Explosion, Mar 1906
Upon learning of the accident offerings of help were sent in from the Fairmont Coal company mines at Berryburg, the Georges Creek mine at Farmington, the David Bryden company at Grafton and others but Superintendent Ward replied that he had force enough to handle the situation and that the only help he needed was a force of physicians to look after the wounded.
An official of the company who looked after the work on the surface, said at midnight that the company was doing all in its poer to ascertain the names of the dead and wounded and that a list would be given during the night. He stated that owing to the horribly mutilated condition of the dead, it was impossible to recognize them at that hour.
The Century mine employes were about equally divided between Americans and foreigners and a report was current here that it was the belief of those at the scene of the explosion that most of the dead are foreigners, because they were in the habit of remaining longer in the mines than the American miners.
Fairmont, W. Va., March 23. -- A telephone message from Phillippi early this morning says that the last report from Century places the number of dead from the explosion at fifteen men.
The Titusville Herald Pennsylvania 1906-03-23
TWENTY-THREE ARE DEAD.
LATE INFORMATION OF CENTURY MINE DISASTER.
TWENTY-TWO BODIES REMOVED FROM SHAFT, WHILE ONE LIES BURIED BENEATH DEBRIS -- CAUSE OF ACCIDENT.
Philippi, W. Va., March 23. -- The death list of the Century mine disaster has now reached twenty-three, while twenty or more are injured. Officials of the company reported tonight that twenty-two bodies have been recovered and but one remains in the mines. A thorough canvass of the district was made by representatives of the coal company today and all the employes have been accounted for but one, who is thought to be buried beneath a pile of debris in the mine. The list of dead so far identified is as follows:
JOSEPH MARTILOVICH, 25, single.
SEMON SEMALOVICK, 27, married, 1 child.
JOSEPH WALJACK, 28, married, 2 children.
JOHN ROHOLIA, 16, single.
ENOCH CONCHAS, 32, married, 2 children.
JOHN CONCHAS, 24, single.
CHARLES DOBERLOSKI, 28, single.
JAMES MAJIEKA, 33, married, 6 children.
JOSEPH MAJIEKA, 30, single.
JOHN ZALINSKI, 25, married.
FRANK ANDRUSE, 23, single.
ANTHONY DRAUGHALIS, 40, married, 6 children.
FRANK RUBLENSKI, 45, married, 3 children.
STANLEY RUBLENSKI, 22, single.
NICKOLAS PENNETTA, 50, married.
JOSEPH MANKOSE, 27, married.
AMELLO MARRO, 27, married.
ADAM ZUCAVICH, 32, married, 2 children.
AUGUST ZEDARAVICH, 50, married.
JOSEPH KUNGUS, 30, single.
DANIEL JONES, 50, married, 6 children.
THOMAS D. JONES, 53, married, 6 children.
CHARLES JONES, 18, single.
All day long the rescuing parties continued their work and the last of the victims but one was taken out at 4 o'clock this afternoon.
The search will be continued until all the bodies have been recovered. Among the injured there are few who have suffered severe injury and it is expected that none of these will die.
The injured are being cared for in a temporary hospital established in the offices of the Century Coal company where a dozen or more physicians from Buckhannon and Philippi are administering to the wounded.
An inspection of the mine by State Mine Inspector J. A. Paul of Charleston and District Mine Inspector Frank Parsons of Clarksburg was begun today and will likely continue for several days.
It is the general belief that the explosion was caused by a spark from the blast igniting the mine dust, and while the force of the explosion was terrific the effects were felt for only a comparatively short distance. Officials of the company and the mine inspectors believe that no blame can be fixed for the unfortunate occurrence. Apparently it was accidental rather than due to any carelessness on the part of the miners or any defect in the mine.
John K. Shaw, one of the owners of the company, and Benjamin Blessil general manager for the Century Coal company arrived tonight from Baltimore and will spend several days at Century looking after the company's affairs. A thorough investigation into the cause of the explosion will be made at once but there is a great deal of uncertainty as to whether the blame can be placed.
The Titusville Herald Pennsylvania 1906-03-24