Mullan, ID Mine Cage Accident, Oct 1936
BODY OF TENTH MINE TRAGEDY VICTIM FOUND.
IDAHO INQUEST WILL PROBE CAUSE OF BREAK IN CAGE CABLE.
Wallace, Idaho, Oct. 7. -- (AP) -- A coroner's jury returned a verdict today that the plunge of an elevator cage which crushed ten men to death in the Morning Mine yesterday near Mullan, was "an unavoidable accident."
Mullan, Idaho, Oct. 7. -- (AP) -- State officials looked today to a coroner's inquest to reveal why an elevator cable broke, dropping 10 miners 900 feet to death in the Morning Mine shaft, near Mullan.
The men had just boarded the cage, or elevator, on the 3,050-foot level after a night's work when the massive cable snapped 1,400 feet above.
The cage plummeted to the bottom of the shaft followed by the wildly whipping 55,600 pounds of cable, which tore framework from the shaft.
The bodies were so mangled that identification was difficult, and it was not until late yesterday, more than 12 hours after the accident, that it was determined 10 men had lost their lives. At first it was believed only nine died.
Arthur Campbell, Idaho state mine inspector who was here to investigate another mine fatality Monday, said an inquest would be held in the district court room at Wallace today.
At the request of officials of the mine, Campbell said he had ordered sections of the cable near the breaking point taken to the inquest. Study of them by experts may indicate what caused the break. Some 20 other miners waiting to board the cage when it dropped, mine officials and others were expected to testify.
"This is the worst accident in the history of Idaho mining," Campbell said.
LOUIS GOFF, 25, Mullan.
REX MITHELLETA, 27, Ole Elum, Wash.
HARRY McGOWAN, 39, Dickey, N.D.
ANDREW KESE, 54, Ravendale, Wash.
WILLIAM R. BUCHANAN, Spokane.
AUGUST SIPONENE, 48, Hancock, Mich.
CARL DONALDSON, 24, Wallace.
JERRY PHELAN, 28, Mullan.
CLEO PURCELL, 29, Mullan.
ELMER, WOODWORTH, of Mullan.
Five of the 10 victims left families.
Ogden Standard Examiner Utah 1936-10-07