Locust Gap, PA Coal Mine Fire, May 1904

COAL MINERS ENTOMBED.

FIVE IN BURNING MINE AT SHAMOKIN AND TWO AT POTTSVILLE, PA.

ALL OF THEM PROBABLY DEAD.

FIRE IS BURNING FIERCELY IN LOCUST GAP COLLIERY AND MEN ARE PROBABLY SMOTHERED TO DEATH -- RESCUER HAS NOT BEEN HEARD FROM.

Shamokin, Pa., May 7. -- Five miners are entombed and believed to be dead as a result of a fierce fire which is raging in the Locust Gap colliery of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron company. They are: JOHN BOGLAN; MICHAEL BOGLAN; MICHAEL SHANNON; JOHN DEBO; WILLIAM MASSASKIE.
The fire started Thursday night in the slope and MASSASKIE, SHANNON and the BOGLANS were cut off from escape before they were warned.
Rescuing parties were at once set to work, and their efforts to bring out the men have been unsuccessful. DEBO, notwithstanding the protests of others, went far into the workings and has not been heard from since, and it is believed that he has succumbed to smoke and gas.
A party of rescuers tried to enter an old drift and a hole they drove through a private yard into the burning slope, but smoke and gas caused them to retreat. The fire is burning fiercely. Some of the officials think the men will be found smothered to death, while some of the miners are of the opinion that they are safe in old abandoned workings.

Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania 1904-05-07

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John Shannon

John Shannon is my great, great grandfather. Im looking for mor (any) info I can gather on him.

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Lenwrugu

The name in the article I

The name in the article I believe is Boylan.

Article about John Debo

I would love a copy of this article. My grandfather was William (Earl) Paul who was married to both Margaret and Alice Paul.

I am looking forward to it!

Please check Boglan names.

Please check Boglan names. Should be Boylan.

John Debo

John Debo would of have been my grandfather if he had not died in 1904.
He was married to my grandmother Sophia Walters.
I have a ten page article reported by The Mount Carmel Item in 1904.
He saved three miners by going back in the mine.
One of the miners he saved was John Shannon who turn out to now be my grandfather after he married Sophia Walters on August 28,1908.
His brother died in the mines in 1900 after being crush to death by a hugh slab of rock. They had to break the rock in order to recover his body.
I just found his tombstone of William in the Alaska/ Mount Carmel Cemetery. John was buried next to his brother. However a marker was never place at his grave.
If any body is interested in this article please email me.
It his an amazing article.