Witteville, OK Mine Explosion In Indian Territory, Jan 1906
EXPLOSION KILLS FOURTEEN MINERS.
FIRE DAMP CAUSE OF DISASTER IN INDIAN TERRITORY.
ONLY TWO MEN OUT OF SIXTEEN WORKING IN THE SHAFT ESCAPED WITH THEIR LIVES.
Poteau, Indian Territory, Jan. 25. -- Fourteen lives were lost in the explosion yesterday in slope No. 4, of the Witteville mine. The explosion was caused by fire damp. Three of the fourteen bodies have been recovered, but it is impossible to enter the mine because of the gas, to attempt a recovery of the other bodies.
J. H. HARP.
A. H. DUNLAP.
The explosion occurred in entry No. 4, where sixteen men were at work. Two of the men nearest the entrance were able to make their escape.
The Fort Wayne Sentinel Indiana 1906-01-25