Source: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page
Dated: Monday, July 25, 1892
List of the Unfortunates Killed in the York Farm Mine
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,
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,
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,
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