Athens, IL Mine Explosion, Mar 1903

SIX MEN KILLED.

TERRIBLE EXPLOSION OF GAS OCCURS IN A COAL MINE AT ATHENS, ILL.

NEW ENTRY WAS BEING MADE.

SHAFT HAD FOR SOME TIME BEEN INACCESSIBLE ON ACCOUNT OF GAS AND NINE MEN WERE DRILLING A NEW OPENING AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT -- EXPLOSION WAS CAUSED BY THE FIRING OF A BLAST.

Springfield, Ill., March 23. -- A terrible explosion of gas in the mine of the Athens Coal Company at Athens, Menard County, twenty miles north of Springfield, resulted in the death of six men and one being seriously injured.
The dead are:
JOHN ROGERS.
FRED IMPKE.
S. GORNDORF.
JAMES PATRICK.
AUGUST NOEL.
DAVID MYERS.
An entry to the mine had been for some time stopped up on account of gas and during the morning an attempt was made to open it by drilling another intry in order to allow air to enter and gas to escape. While engaged in this work a miner fired through to the stopped up chamber, causing a terrific explosion of gas, which had accumulated in the chamber. Nine men were in the mine at the time and as a result six were killed outright and one badly injured. Two men escaped. Some of the men killed were 100 feet away from where the explosion occurred.

Eau Claire Leader Wisconsin 1903-03-24