Punxsutawney, PA Coal Mine Explosion, Nov 1911
SIX FOREIGNERS DEAD IN ADRIAN MINE DISASTER.
RESCUE WORK IS HINDERED BY LARGE AMOUNT OF DEBRIS -- TWO SLAVS ARE YET IN MINE.
NO TRACE OF FIRE IN THE SHAFT.
On account of the large mass of debris in the interior of the Adrian mine of the Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Co., near Punxsutawney, in which an explosion took place on Thursday morning, the efforts of the rescue party to reach the bodies of two Slavs, who are known to be in the shaft, has been seriously interfered with.
Shortly after the explosion, four miners were gotten out and resuscitated after a half-hour's work. Six dead bodies were recovered during the day.
MIKE SCARCERO, forty years old, married.
SAMUEL BONSANTIE, twenty years old, single.
ROBERT SCARDOTTE, thirty years old, married.
LEWIS SACK, twenty-six years old, single.
PETER REITZ, twenty-six years old, single.
ALFONZO BELLWARE, thirty-five years old, married.
MIKE DEHANAIN, thirty-two years old, married.
PAUL SINOSKI, forty-five years old, married.
It is believed that the six dead miners, realizing that there had been an explosion, dropped their dinner buckets and ran furrther into the mine to rescue their fellow workmen. The dinner buckets were found about a mile and a half from the innermost workings of the mine, which is five miles from the entrance.
It is probable that a pocket of gas was opened by the early workers and that the open lamps, which are used exclusively in the workings, ignited the flames. There is said to be no trace of fire in the mine.
Indiana Evening Gazette Pennsylvania 1911-11-10