Wilkeson, WA Coal Mine Explosion, Dec 1925

SURVIVOR IN MINE DISASTER TELLS FEELING.

C. E. FARRELL RELATES HARROWING TALE OF EXPERIENCE IN EXPLOSION OF MINE.

Tacoma, Wash., Dec. 16. -- That the explosion which took the lives of five miners at the Wilkeson Coal and Coke Company mine at Wilkeson Monday was like a terrific storm, suffocating the men, was told today by C. S. FARRELL, one of the survivors who is in the hospital here with burns about his face and body.
The dead are:
JOHN HOROSKI, 19, of Buckley.
ROY WOOLSEY, 50, married, of Carbonado.
EMANUEL CHRISTOLM, 22, of Wilkeson.
M. GEORGE, 18, married, of Wilkeson.
FARRELL said he set a dynamite charge under a large rock half a mile down in the shaft and immediately after it went off there was an explosion of the dusty air that took the breath out of him. There were 32 men working in the mine at the time and all but six escaped, although some were overcome by afterdamp and had to be carried from the mine.

San Mateo Times California 1925-12-16