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1912 Sans Bois mining disaster - McCurtain, with victims' names

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1912 Sans Bois mining disaster - McCurtain, with victims' names

Posted: 1081059814000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1148690261000
Surnames: Golwas, Roper, Farrimond, Madig, Emberton, McGuerr, Gough, Maroscoe, Gussio, Comisky, Larivia, Brunskill

The above link is to a LeFlore County website on Rootsweb that has an article from a March 21, 1912 newspaper in Oklahoma City: "The Daily Oklahoman." Marti Graham submitted the article. Some of the headlines read:

Mine Explosion Entombs 105 Men
Over 100 Men At Work; Only Eleven Escape
Sans Bois Mine, No. 2, Is Scene of Worst Disaster in Recent Years.
Bodies Are Burned
Gas or Coal Dust Thought by Experts Cause of Explosion.


"Out of a total of 116 men who entered mine No. 2, of the Sans Bois company at McCurtain, Okla., thirty-seven miles west of Fort Smith, at 7 o'clock Wednesday morning, only eleven were known to be alive at 10 o'clock Wednesday."

Some of the names mentioned, including a list of the dead:

John Golwas,
W. D. Roper,
Ralph Kenney,
James Hall,
Sam Phillips,
Frank Cook, gas inspector;
William Farrimond, pit boss;
Will Cross,
Ben Nelson,
A. Bonner,
Dan Crompton,
Will Steel,
Frank Wilmond,
John Gough,
Chad Gough,
Arthur Andrews,
Tony Madig,
Fred Heinz,
A. C. Emberton,
H. McGuerr,
F. C. Ogles,
George Bell,
B. Bardosonia,
Will Thomas,
Clive Fields,
Nelson Bartman,
Joe Gussio,
Charles Stabio,
Joe Romano,
Dave Rutledge,
Homer Thomas,
George Gregg,
Charles Cowardin,
John Day,
Enoch Katchunis,
T. W. Evans,
F. W. Echols,
George Bell,
A. L. Skinner,
T. J. Izetta,
Sam Hicks,
Tom Brunskill,
Hall Phillips,
Walter Thomas,
Joe Comisky,
W. C. Perry,
Pete Mattis,
Oliver Smelzer,
Tony Larivia,
Frank Martin,
Joe Webergoo,
Joe Maroscoe,
John Parker,
Charles Gussio,
Tom Farrimond.

Click on the link above for more of the article.

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