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Stellarton, NS Coal Mine Gas Explosion, Nov 1880

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COAL MINE BLAST.

Halifax, N.S., November 12. -- About 2:30 this morning an explosion of gas occurred on the south side of Ford pit to the Stellarton. All the miners were at work in different borders. The explosion was so terrible as to sweep across to the other side of the pit, killing the men and horses within reach. Almost all the men on the north side will be saved, while all at work on the south side have been lost. At least sixty are missing. Five men have been brought up, and are likely to recover. Probably forty are shut up within the falling coal within the south side. The accident was presumably caused by some miner firing a shot in a forbidden part of the workings. The disaster occurred in the Ford pit, of the Albion mines. All who have come up are likely to live. A working party is down. There is not much hope for the safety of the thirty of forty-five known to be in the mine.
Stellarton reports only thirty or forty now in the part of the mine on fire. Another explosion is expected every moment.
MESSRS. HUDSON, GREENER, SIMPSON and POOLE, with other volunteers, have been down the pit in which the explosion occurred, and have come up again. They found it impossible to explore the south side for any distance, on account of after damp, there being no air through, as all the doors have been blown down by the blast. They found some bodies, but could not identify them. All the horses in the pit, twenty-nine, are dead. The number of men in the pit is said to be forty-four. It is feared another explosion will occur this afternoon, when the pit gathers gas again. Work is totally suspended at all the collieries in the country, and the miners have come to the scene of the accident in great numbers, but are altogether powerless to reder assistance, on account of the precariious condition of the pit. It is not known how the fire originated.
None from the side where the accident occurred are alive to tell the tale. Thirty-three of the missing men are married, and most have large families.

Decatur Daily Republican Illinois 1880-11-13

Listing of Fatalities from Stellarton Miners Memorial, Pictou County, Nova Scotia.
JAMES MITCHELL -- Manager.
JOHN CARR.
JOHN CRAWFORD.
JOHN CUMMINGS.
DANIEL CUMMINGS.
CHARLES DUNBAR.
WILLIAM DUNBAR.
JOHN DRAGEN.
MURDOCK McDONALD.
ANGUS McDONALD.
ALEXANDER McDONALD.
JOHN McDONALD.
RONALD McDONALD.
JOHN McEACHERN.
ANGUS McGILLIVARY.
HENRY HADDEN.
JOHN McINNIS.
PETER McINNIS.
JOHN JOHNSON.
ANGUS McKAY.
THOMAS McKAY.
RODERICK McKINNON, SR.
RODERICK McKINNON, JR.
WILLIAM LEWIS.
JAMES LENNON.
HECTOR McLEAN.
JOHN McLEAN.
BURKETT McLEAN.
ROBERT McLEAN.
JOHN McLAUGHLIN.
JOHN MORRISON, SR.
JOHN MORRISON, JR.
WILLIAM MURDOCK.
JOSEPH NEARING.
JOHN McNAUGHTON.
EDWARD ROBERTS, SR.
EDWARD ROBERTS, JR.
JOHN ROBERTS.
THOMAS ROGERS.
WILLIAM B. ROSS.
JOHN RYAN.
DANIEL SUTHERLAND.
THOMAS SULLIVAN.
EDWARD SAVAGE.
JOB. SKINNER.
LEWIS THOMAS.

Comments

McKay's

Hi Brownie

I came across this article while researching the McKay side of my family tree from the Albion mines. I'm interested in knowing about Angus and Thomas McKay. My research has me somewhat lost. My great Grandmother was Willena Maud Mckay---father--John McKay
mother-Margaret Jane McKay(b abt 1858)

Margaret's parents are listed as Father- Angus McKay
mother-Christy (Fraser) McKay (b abt 1819)

Where the family is listed as Albion mine I was hoping something might make sense to you.

thank-you & sincerely
Susan

Joe Nearing

I was at the pit head on the day of the disaster along with Joe's sons Joe and Doug, who were great friends of mine and members of the "Acadia Corner Gang" . - and the 374 Air Cadet Squadron. The "Gang were mescheviues group of young teenagers which played sports together and music together. Joe was the fiddler. Neither Doug nor mastered such..
Joe' wife, Clem! carried on to raise the family.
I was given the task to write the dedication, "We Remember", for the Stellarton high school graduating class of "52" in honour of those we had lost.
Should Irene wish a copy of the article, I would be pleased to forward it upon request.
As the newspaper boy and stick boy for the Stellarton Royals all the miners were known to me a time, a day i vividly remember
Brownie.

1880 Foord Pit Explosion

My great grandfather, John Main Davies, was supposedly one of the 5 survivors. He was quite young at the time. The story in my family is that he never went down in the mines again, becoming a farmer. Another story I read says he went on to be a supervisor there. I would like to know if anyone has found a list of the survivors. Before he died, my father said he visited the site an my great grandfathers name was listed there, but I can't go to Nova Scotia to find out any time soon.

John Carr

Does anyone know more about John Carr? I might be related.

stephenandsarahcatterallcarr@yahoo.com

Thank you

Thank you so much for your comments.
Sincerely
Stu

Mine Story Oddity

The story was told to me of my great grand father Joseph Nearing who lost his life in the Stellarton Foord Pit Mine Explosion Nov.1880, who's body was not discovered until many, many years later.
During which time his grand son Joseph Nearing was one of the pallbearers however at the time of the explosion his father was not born.

My dad Joseph Nearing , would lose his life in the McGregor Mine Explosion Jan 14th 1952 along with 18 others.

Irene Christensen



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