Huger, WV Mine Explosion, July 1906
FATAL MINE EXPLOSION.
FIVE MEN KILLED IN A SHAFT IN WEST VIRGINIA.
As the result of an explosion in the Dixon mine at Huger, W. Va., in the east end of the Tug River field, WALLACE MITCHELL and four miners, ERNEST JONES; PALMER HARRIS and ROBERT HARRIS, brothers, and JOHN GILMORE are dead, and BILL CROUSE and LANGUS WHITESIDE will die from burns and the shock.
The men were going on duty and had started down the shaft in a bucket. They had gone about half way down when the explosion occurred, blowing the first five men named out of the bucket and down to the bottom of the shaft, where they were later picked up. Their bodies were crushed almost to a pulp. The explosion was caused by the men having a gasoline light in the bucket while descending.
Sioux County Herald Orange City Iowa 1906-07-25