Benwood, WV Mine Explosion Claims Many Lives, Apr 1924
HOPE THAT SOME MINERS LIVE SPURS WORKERS.
RESCUE TEAMS STRUGGLING TO REACH ENTRY 8.
REMOVAL OF BODIES BEGUN.
DEAD IN BENWOOD MINE BEING BROUGHT UP AT RATE OF ONE EVERY TEN MINUTES.
Wheeling, April 29. -- Mayor JAMES COX, of Benwood, heads a relief committee organized this morning to render assistance to the distressed families of miners killed in the explosion. The committee finds many of them in dire straits and has issured an appeal for money and clothing.
The committee is made up of all the clergymen, physicians, city officials and leading merchants of the city.
Wheeling, April 29. -- Mine rescue crews are making every possible effort to get to entry number 8, of the Benwood mine, north section where it is believed that 55 of the men are trapped. There is a possible chance that some of them may be alive. Men working at this place are meeting with all kinds of difficulties, including gas, water and piles of debris, when some of the props fell down.
I. M. SCOTT, president of the Wheeling Steel corporation, in a statement to The Associated Press at noon said:
"Every possible effort is being made by the different rescue crews to get into entry number 8, north section, where it is believed that 55 men are trapped."
"There is a possibility that some of these men are still living but the rescuers are being held up on account of falls in this part of the workings. The men are doing everything possible to get into this entry."
12 Bodies Taken Out.
A total of 12 bodies had been removed to the surfact at 2:20 o'clock this afternoon, ten of these from the Brown's Run entry. Bodies are coming up at the rate of one every 10 minutes through this entry. Horses used in hauling on the tackle drawing bodies out of the 300 foot shaft were exhausted at 1 o'clock from the strain and a tractor machine used in France during the war was pressed into service.
Nine of the ten bodies taken from the Brown's Run entry are still in the temporary morgue, established in a barn and one has been taken to the general morgue in Benwood.
Governor E. F. MORGAN who came from Charleston this morning to render whatever assistance possible reached the Brown's Run entrance just in time to see the first body brought out.
Sleds are being used to haul bodies from the Brown's Run entry, as it is impossible to use either machines or wagons over the broken fields to the Boggs Run road leading to the general morgue in Benwood.
38 Bodies Found.
A report that a total of 45 bodies has been recovered by the rescuers was denied at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon by L. M. SCOTT, president of the Wheeling Steel corporation. Up to then only 38 bodies had been found, said MR. SCOTT.
Wheeling, April 29. -- Acting Coroner PAUL RIEDEL of Marshall county named the following men to ast as a coroner's jury to investigate the terrible tragedy at the Benwood mine of the Wheeling Steel corporation:
CHARLES SCHAD, Benwood grocer.
EVERETT LITTLE, Benwood grocer.
JOHN W. EDWARDS, Benwood city clerk.
AL LANDERS, night police lieutenant of Benwood.
JOHN M. CARPENTER, coke works foreman, Benwood.
JOSEPH BYRNE, retired.
This jury met at the Cooey-Bentz morgue at Benwood at 12:30 o'clock and viewed the bodies of GEORGE HOLLIDAY, JR., and WILLIAM WEBSTER, the only two victims taken from the mine. They then proceeded to the Brown's Run shaft where the other bodies will be removed.
The undertakers of the district met at 11:30 o'clock and made plans to bring the bodies to the Blue Ribbon hall at Benwood and from there distribute them to the various morgues as the families may desire.
The city of Wheeling furnished several hearses for use at the Brown's Run entry as it would be impossible to use motor vehicles past the brick streets.
Those In Mine.
Wheeling, April 29 -- Early this morning, J. W. CARPENTER, general manager of the Benwood plant of the Wheeling Steel corporation, issued a list, compiled from the payroll and checkboard of the corporation's Benwood mine, of the men who are shown to have gone into the ill-fated mine yesterday morning a few minutes before it was wrecked by an explosion of gas. A revised check, MR. CARPENTER said, accounted for 111 men in the mine, all of whom were believed early today to have perished. The list follows:
PATSY CORBI, 62, Sixth street, Benwood.
WALTER LIKOMA, address not known.
RALPH ALBREA, 322 Main street, Benwood.
ANTONI HAMILL, 43, Wood street, Wheeling.
JOHN DISCARINO, 446 Water street, Benwood.
DOMENICO COGNETTI, Marshall street, Benwood.
GANULLI FELICE, 513 McMechen street, Benwood.
STANY MIKOLITCH, 1519 First street, Benwood.
MIKE GEORGE, 270 Marshall street, Benwood.
GUY VETELLO, 501 McMechen streett, Benwood.
JOHN GALEMBIEUSKI, 3924 Jacob street, Wheeling.
PATSY FERRI, 17th street, Bellaire, Ohio.
JOHN MALYSKA, 4728 Eoff street, Wheeling.
THEODORE KARAKAS, 318 1/2 Main street, Bridgeport, Ohio.
MIKE ZOJCKSKI, 72 Marshall street, Benwood.
VIECNTY VIEWINA, 706 Main street, Benwood.
SANTO PARISE, stop 10, Benwood.
STINY ROBINSKY, 1529 High street, Benwood.
JOE HAYDA, Wheeling.
KASIMER KOPETZ, Benwood.
NICK MARINO, Benwood.
FELIZ LISAK, Wheeling.
JOE KOLODZIECJESYK, Boggs Run.
WLADIMIR OBLIZONIK, Benwood.
MIKE PARADISE, Wheeling.
JOE SANUCH, Benwood.
GUST GANNOKOS, Wheeling.
RALPH VETELLO, Benwood.
IGNAZIO PIERRERA, Bellaire.
NICK MOLISKI, Benwood.
PETER SIMOS, Wheeling.
DAN ZELIC, Benwood.
DANIEL MARFINO, Benwood.
JAMES ANGELUS, Wheeling.
FRANK MAZZELLA, Benwood.
KARMIERICE KAR, Wheeling.
PETER ONOST, Benwood.
WASIL BEILY, Wheeling.
SALVATORE ALBINO, Benwood
MIKE KOZIEMKA, Wheeling.
ALBERT SLAGA, Benwood.
NICK PODOLA, Wheeling.
TONY KWIECSN, Benwood.
JOE ZELLACICH, Benwood.
DOMINIC COOPER, Benwood.
HUGH McGILL, Wheeling.
GEORGE W. HOLLIDAY, JR. Benwood.
WILLIAM WEBSTER, Wheeling.
KENNETH WOOD, Moundsville.
SAM DOMBROSKI, Moundsville.
JOHN FRANK, JR.
PETE BITZANIS, Benwood.
ALEXANDER SNEDDEN, Wheeling.
GEORGE W. HOLLIDAY, SR.
J. J. BOYLE, Benwood.
MIKE CAPABIANCO, Benwood.
JOHN FRANK, SR., Moundsville.
JOHN DUPLOS, Benwood.
PASQUALE FANA, Bellaire, Ohio.
JAMES D. GOUCI, Benwood.
STANLEY GOLMBIVSKY, Wheeling.
LLEWELYN JOSEPH, Wheeling.
JOHN KOPCHA, Moundsville.
ROCCO CAPABINACO, Benwood.
JOSHUA RAWLINS, Moundsville.
STANLEY BARNOSKIE, Wheeling.
JOE SAMELLI, Benwood.
The Charleston Daily Mail West Virginia 1924-04-29