Greeno, VA Coal Mine Gas Explosion, Dec 1910
TWELVE DIE IN MINE DISASTER.
EXPLOSION OF GAS IN WORKINGS AT GREENO, VA.
OPEN LAMP HELD RESPONSIBLE.
RELIEF PARTIES WITH OXYGEN HELMETS AND SUPPLIES RUSHED TO MINE, WHICH IS LOCATED ON NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILROAD IN WISE COUNTY -- WOMEN AND CHILDREN GATHER ABOUT THE SHAFT.
Bluefield, W. Va., Dec. 15. -- Twelve men were killed and twenty-six were entombed by an explosion in the Old Greeno Mine at Tacoma, Va. There was a great detonation that shook the earth.
The Greeno mine is owned by the Bend & Bruce Coal Company and is in Wise County, 100 miles from here on the Norfolk and Western Railroad. Relief parties with oxygen helmets and surgeons' supplies are on their way to the scene of the disaster.
Superintendent JAMES BEARYMAN, who entered the shaft just a few minutes before the explosion is among the dead.
Wives and children of the entombed men surround the entrance begging the rescuers to bring their loved ones out.
The known dead are:
JAMES BEARYMAN (BEARROWMAN), Superintendent.
WILLIAM RITCHIE, Line Foreman.
GUSSIE RITCHIE, aged 15, driver.
ARCH LESLIE, driver.
LEE ROWLAND, trip rider.
GEORGE MILLER, miner, Slavishman.
CHARLES WHITTAKER, company man.
CHARLES WILLIAMS, miner.
Living and rescued men:
JOHN NODEN, miner.
JAMES ROSENBURG, company man.
JOHN RITCHY, miner, Slavishman
G. E. LEHMAN, miner.
All of the men were American except wher otherwise stated.
The explosion is said to have been caused by an accumulation of gas in the lower levels, being set fire to by an open lamp belonging to one of the miners, but this cannot be confirmed.
The same mine had a similar explosion three years ago, in which six men were killed.
Coshocton Daily Tribune Ohio 1910-12-16