Splashdam, VA Splashdam Mine Explosion, June 1932

BODIES OF MINERS TAKEN FROM MINE.

Norton, Va., June 14 (INS) -- Bodies of seven of the ten miners known to have been killed yesterday in the Splashdam mine, 40 miles from here, had been recovered today. The body of DREW WALLACE, was removed by rescue workers this morning. Rescue teams from Norton and Danke, have been unable to give any cause for the explosion.
The mine usually employes 125 men, but only ten men were at work at the time of the tragedy.
Those still in the diggings are ROY SCOLES, DAVID ADAMS and DELFORD WILLIS.
Those recovered were:
OSCAR DOWDLE, fire boss.
ELMER NULL.
CECIL STUMP.
ROY GARRETT.
CLYDE MATNEY.
N. E. HONAKER.
DREW WALLACE.
The mine is owned by GEORGE O. PERRY, member of the state corporation commission, and the estate of Barnes Gillespie.

Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania 1932-06-14

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Grandpa

Roy Garrett was my G-Grandpa. I have his funeral pictures with his wife (My G-Grandma) and children around his casket. I'm still amazed at what happen to him and the other men who passed that day. The sadness my G-Grandmother must have gone through. Their children one being my Grandpa & sibling's were so young! To young to have last their dad. God bless all the family's that were affected by this.

Splashdam Mine Explosion

I was very glad to see this post. Drew married Minnie. Minnie's father, William was the brother of my gg grandfather. I have Drew death certificate that says he was born in Dickenson Co., VA. Do you know where he is buried? You can contact me at [email protected].

Francis "Fran" Wallace

Also killed in the Spashdam explosion was Francis "Fran" Wallace, b. abt 1912, (son of Grover Cleveland Wallace and Dora Fuller). Fran was a distant cousin of Drew Wallace listed in the above article.

Drew Wallace

The Drew Wallace listed in the article was Drewy Columbus Wallace, b. 09 Oct 1888, Pike Co KY, (son of Logan Wallace and Sevilla "Bid" Mullins). Drew was married on 31 Dec 1908 in Dickenson Co VA, to Minnie Breedlove, (daughter of William Breedlove and Mary Jane Owens).

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