Bales, AR Coal Mine Explosion, Nov 1936

4 MINERS DIE IN EXPLOSION.

Bales, Ark., Nov. 20. -- (INS) -- Four men were killed instantly and another was seriously injured in a coal mine explosion here yesterday.
The dead are:
JOHN DELPS, Howe, Okla.
BILL GOESKY, Bates.
JOE TAYLOR, Heavener, Okla.
TOM ELLIS, Bates.
JOHN WINTERS, Bates, was seriously injured. He was taken to a hospital in Fort Smith.
Officials of the Bates Coal Mining Company, where the accident occurred, said only five men were in the mine at the time of the explosion. A crew of 100 men was to enter the mine within an hour or so however.
The explosion occurred, according to the mine officials, when a cutting machine pierced a gas pocket in the company's Mine No. 1.

Hammond Times Indiana 1936-11-20