Harwick, PA Mine Explosion, Jan 1938
10 MINERS KNOWN DEAD FROM BLAST.
SURVIVORS TELL STORIES OF HEROISM AND TRAGEDY DURING RESCUE EFFORTS.
Pittsburgh, Jan. 13. -- (AP) -- Weary rescue crews brought to the snow-covered mouth of the Harwick mine today the last body of 10 men killed in an explosion two miles back in the pit yesterday.
As rescue workers came up the shaft, state mine inspectors immediately prepared to go down in an attempt to learn the cause of the blast that partly wrecked a passageway while 35 men were cleaning the idle mine.
Fumes and fire killed the men, the company officers reported, expressing the opinion that a spark from a pick or power line ignited a pocket of gas. All were married and most of them fathers.
Approximately 500 miners normally work in the mine, scene of a blast 34 years ago in which 185 lost their lives.
The dead were:
FRANK CLESIELSKI, 44.
ANTHONY WEINER, 49.
JOHN KRUSZEK, 21.
JOSEPH LERCH, 24.
DOSS NICHOLAS, 41.
THOMAS KEFFER, 38.
JOSEPH KOPRIVINKAR, 41.
FRANK HARPSTER, 32.
JOE PRELESNIK, 44.
MATT ANDERSON, 59, mine foreman.
Kingsport Times Tennessee 1938-01-13