Jackson, OH (near) Mine Explosion, June 1937

BLAST IN MINE FATAL TO FOUR.

KEYSTONE CO., NEAR JACKSON, SCENE OF EXPLOSION; OTHERS MAY DIE.

Jackson, June 22 -- (UP) -- Four of the six miners who were seared by flames in an explosion at the Keystone coal mine, 12 miles southeast of here, yesterday, died early today in Holzer Hospital at Gallipolis.
The two surviving miners were in critical condition. Doctors gave them hardly a chance to live.
THEODORE RUPERT, 25, and his brother, EDWARD, 20, died within two minutes of each other. Another brother, DANIEL RUPERT, 21, was fighting for his life. The RUPERTS resided at Thurman, and were sons of FRED RUPERT, who operates the mine with his brother, WILLIAM RUPERT.
KERR HARRIS, 21, of Vinton, and GEORGE CADD, 54, of Vinton, also died in the hospital.
The other survivor was THOMAS GODFREY, 48, of Vinton.
The men ran from the mine with their clothing afire. They said they had been eating lunch in the mine and a carbide lamp on the cap of one of them fell into a powder keg.

Circleville Herald Ohio 1937-06-22

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1937 mine fire near Jackson OH

Thank you for posting this article. Thomas Godfrey, listed as one of the survivors, was my grandfather. My mother, Myrtle Eileen Godfrey Hoffman, was 10 years old at the time. She passed away from cancer when I was 12, so I never had much information about him. Her story, as I remember it, was that he had gotten out of the mine, then went back in to rescue his friends. According to information I have, his death date was 6/23/37, which was the day after this article was published.