Jed, WV Mine Explosion Kills Over Eighty, Mar 1912
81 INSTANTLY KILLED IN MINE EXPLOSION.
Eleven Men Working Near Shaft at Jed, West Virginia, Only Ones to Escape.
MINE INSPECTED ON FRIDAY.
Pronounced Safe at That Time and Authorities Are Unable to Explain Cause of the Upheaval.
Welch, West Va., March 26 -- Eighty-one men were killed to-day by a gas explosion in the Jed Coal and Coke Company mine at Jed, West Va., six miles from here. Only eleven men escaped alive, and one of those died within an hour after being brought to the surface.
To-night thirty-three bodies had been located. Exploring parties will have covered all of the mine by 3 o'clock Wednesday morning, and expect to have all the bodies out by noon.
When the explosion took place probably only the eleven men working at the foot of the shaft had a chance for their lives. They made their way up the cages which were not damaged. Though some of the blades of the fans were shattered, they continued to operate with the result that enough air was present to admit searching parties immediately.
Less than half an hour after the news of the explosion had been communicated to this place relief measures were started. Oxygen helmets and other appliances were rushed from the plant of the United States Coal and Coke Company, a United States Steel Corporation mine near-by, a Government rescue car en route to Huntington, W. Va., was turned back on telegraphic orders from Washington and another car was started from Pittsburgh. The first car reached here shortly after noon.
State mine inspectors promptly organized rescue parties and began the exploration of levels. As the gases were cleared out and they began search of the lower levels, they came upon the bodies of the miners. It is believed they were all killed instantly.
Other mines sent experienced foremen to lead hundreds of volunteer rescuers who flocked to the scene as the news spread. The usual scenes of suffering which attend mine disasters were lacking here to-day. The families of the miners remained within their homes, overcome with grief.
The mine was inspected last Friday and pronounced safe. Preliminary investigations to-day have not divulged the cause of the explosion. Some local mine men are inclined to regard it as a physical phenomenon. Barometers in this vicinity have been showing unusually low readings for the last week without the usual atmospheric changes.
The families of the dead men are in sore straits. Work has been very slack at the mine. Outside aid will be asked.
Listing of the Killed Miners:
JOHN AGASH; MERCO AGNEW; SOL AGNEW; JOE BOROTZ; GUISEPPE CAPARAL; CHARLES CHANDLER; JACK CHANDLER; WILLIE DENTON; ALEX DOMBROSKI; EMILIO FELEX; DETTINO FELEX; RINALDO FELEX; JOHN FLESHMAN; JOHN FUIGLEY; ANDREW GEORGE; ROBERT GILLISPIE; LEE GILMAN; I. C. GILMAN; MIKE CROSGASHI; FRANK GOYLA; MIKE GOYLA; JOHN GRELEY; MARIO; GUIDOLOTTI; MIKE GUYDLUCK; SAM HAMPTON; TONY HARENDO; HENRY HARRIS; WILLIAM HARRIS; JAMES HAYNES; WILLIAM F. HELTON; FRANK HILL; STEVE HOWARD; SAMUEL JEFFERSON; ED JOHNSON; ALEX KISSAVICH; VALLE LASH; JAMES LEEPER; PAUL MATEE; STERLING MARTIN; ED McCLURE; JOHN McCLURE; ADAM MIMSICK; FRANK MOLNAR; JOHN MOTO; STEVE MOTO; KAL PAPP; JAMES PARSONS; MIKE J. PATT; BRUNO PECOS; R. E. PENNINGTON; DOMINECK PERRI; FRANK RICE; JOE ROSS; ALEX SABO; JOHN SAMMY; THOMAS SANDERS; PETER SARVOLISKI; PETER SOWALSKI; BERT SELIDA; SAM SKI; GEORGE SMITH; ALEX SOLASKI; GOIVANNI SOVANNI; CARMELO SPAGNOULA; FRANCISCO SPAGNOULA; VICTOR STEELE; NICK STIDE; TED SWABIE; MIKE SYNTOR; STEVE SZATMARIA; ALEX TARANTELLO; WILSON TERRYALL; EMMETT TERRY; MIKE WILLIAMS; W. J. WOODWARD; STEVE YASKONEY; ANDRE ZAVECHY.
The New York Times New York 1912-03-27