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Source: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page 5
Dated: Monday, July 25, 1892
FIFTEEN DEAD.
List of the Unfortunates Killed in the York Farm Mine Explosion
     Pottsville, Pa., July 2. - The list of victims of Saturday's explosion of gas at York farm colliery has increased to fifteen dead and one momentarily expected to breathe his last.  Thus not one of the men working in the vicinity of of where the explosion occurred will be able to tell the tale of disaster except Llewellyn, the man who first notice the presence of gas and the usual running of coal, and who, by strictly complying with colliery rules, had gone to inform the fire boss of these unusual indications and thus was absent from the vicinity of the explosion.  His story is that he and his "butty," Christian Hornicker, whose body still lies buried in the mine, had fired a shot with a battery in breast No. 1 of the second lift and immediately there was a strong rush of gas and run of coal.  This gas rushed up the airway connecting the first and second lifts and was ignited, it is supposed, by one of the safety lamps that was either upset and broken and faulty and the terrible explosion followed, whereby the men working in the immediate vicinity were affected as above mentioned and the gangways filled with fallen rock, coal and timber, covering up the bodies of some of the men.  All the bodies have been recovered except Harrison and Hornicker, and it is expected they will be brought to the surface before morning. 
The complete list of the victims follows, all of whom are now dead but one:
     GEORGE KRISE of Middle Creek, twenty-one years, single, laborer.
     WILLIAM JONES, Minersville, seventeen years, single, door boy.
     WILLIAM M. WEYMAN, Minersville, thirty-one years, wife and several children, miner.
     ANTHONY PUTLAVITCH, Pottsville, thirty, wife and one child, laborer.
     HERMAN WERNER, St. Clair, forty-five, wife and large family, miner.
     THOMAS JONES, Minersville, thirty-five, wife and four children, miner.
     ANTHONY STOCK, Yorkville, sixteen, single, laborer.
     HENRY MADARA, Pottsville, thirty-one, wife and five children, miner.
     EDWARD CURRAN, Mount Laffee, thirty-five, wife and two children, miner.
     THOMAS F. LANDERS, Pottsville, twenty-seven, wife and one child, laborer.
     ROBERT W. ALLOTT, Pottsville, forty-two, wife and eight children, miner.
     C. D. ALLOTT, Pottsville, seventeen, single, laborer.
     JAMES HARTZELL, Llewellyn, thirty-seven, wife and one child, mine carpenter.
     JOHN HARRISON, Wadesville, thirty, wife and three children, fire boss.
     CHRISTIAN HORNICKER, thirty-six, St. Clair, miner, wife and three children.
     GEORGE STOCK, Yorkville, twenty-two, recently married, still living.
     Of the above Henry Madara, Thomas Landers, Robert and Charles Allott and Edward Curran, who were still living when taken from the mine, died since last evening.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 
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