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West Virginia State Data
Coal Mine Accidents
1896-1897

ACCIDENTS
Source: "Public Documents", Volume 2, by West Virginia

Transcribed by K. Torp

Inspector of Mines Annual Report
From July 1, 1896 to June 30, 1897

FATAL ACCIDENTS.
1896

July 10th. William Pinkard. Angle mine. McDowell county, was killed by a kettle bottom falling on him at the face of his room.

July 10th. Lewis Price. Blume mine, Fayette county, was killed by having the mine cars run over him, which broke his neck and inflicted other injuries. He was a driver and fell in front of a moving trip of mine oars.

July 13th. Jacob Akers, Thacker mine. Mingo county, was killed by a fall of slate. No further particulars accompanied this report.

July 21st. John Yetinskey, Douglas mine No. 1, Tucker county, was killed by a fall of slate which broke his neck. Anton Danspeuss was present and witnessed the accident.

July 28th. Hezekiah Law, Pulaski mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate while operating an electrical mine machine.

July 30th. Leander Bailey, Shamokin mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate while working on a stump of coal. He was engaged in making an undercut in a stump of coal which was supporting some loose coal and slate over him. The report of the coroner was that "he met his death by a fall of slate which was occasioned by his cutting coal from a stump when danger was imminent."

August 1st. Isaac Rolinci, Montana mine, Marion county, was injured by an explosion of powder from the effects of which he died on August 6th. He was at his working place in the mine and let a spark fall into his powder can, in his tool box, which exploded and burned him very badly, he having no shirt on at the time.

August 3d. Alfred Anniston, Goodwill mine, Mercer county, was killed by the loaded mine cars running over him on the inside of the mine. It is supposed that he had gone to sleep on the track and was not awakened upon the approach of the trip of cars. His occupation was a trapper and he was a negro boy twelve years old.

August 11th. Carl McClusky, Montana mine Marion county, was killed by a fall of slate at 7 p. m. Before leaving his work, he fired a shot and returned to see the results of the shot. A piece of loose slate, which had been made loose by the force of the shot, fell on him.

August 17th. James H. Miller, Gilliam mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate in his room. He was loading coal into a car when the slate fell on him, breaking his neck.

September l9th. Robert Spradling, Beechwood mine, Fayette county, was killed by a fall of slate. No further particulars accompanied the report upon this accident.

September 21st. W. H. Duncan, Pocahontas East mine, Mercer county, was killed by a fall of slate. No report was made of this accident at the time of its occurrence.

October 6th. Isaac Fell, Logan Consolidated mine, Mingo county, was killed by a fall of coal. No details accompanied the report of this accident. The company failed to comply with the law in regard to reporting this accident at the time of its occurrence.

October 10th. R. Edward Guynn, Arlington mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate at the face of his room. After firing a shot, he returned to the face of his room to ascertain the effect of the shot. A piece of slate which had been loosened by the force of the shot and which was unobserved by him, fell upon him, killing him instantly.

October 16th. William Green, M. T. Davis & Co. No. 5 mine, Fayette county, was killed by a fall of slate and coal. He was engaged in posting the roof in his room, and before he had made the entire roof secure, a piece of slate fell on him in the center of the room.

October 23d. Pal Bors, Goodwill mine, Mercer county, was killed by a fall of the roof while engaged in making an undercut in the coal immediately under a slip in the roof.

October 28th. William Edwards, Pulaski mine, McDowell county, was killed by being caught between a mine car and the side of the entry.

October 30th. John W. Rowe, Montana mine, Marion county, was killed by being caught between a moving trip of empty cars and the rib. The deceased was standing to one side of the track to permit the empty cars to pass by, when a trip of loaded cars got beyond control of the driver and ran into the empty trip from a butt heading, derailing the empty cars and causing the same to squeeze and roll the deceased along the rib of the coal.

November 7th. Henry Stakes, Empire mine, McDowell oounty was killed by a fall of slate in his room. He was riding on the front end of an empty car which he was letting into his room, which ran to the dip. Owing to the speed of the car, or to a defective track, the car jumped the track and knocked a prop out of its position, causing the slate to fall on him.

November 16th. George Wynn, Digby mine, Fayette county, was killed by a fall of slate in his room. He was alone in the room and was found on the 17th under a fall of slate. A justice of the peace was informed of this accident, but no inquest was held.

November 18th. Anthony Robinson, Norfolk mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate. He was engaged as a back hand for Winfield McCann and was caught under a fall of draw slate, receiving a fracture of the leg and ribs and injury of lungs, from which injuries he died. Winfield McCann, for whom Robinson was working, had his leg broken by the same fall of slate.

November 18th. Brice Adkins, Pulaski mine, McDowell county was killed by a fall of slate. He was a machine runner. No details accompanied the report of this acddent.

November 19th. Steve Burslio, Pocahontas East mine, Mercer county, was killed on the inside of the mine by the mine cars jumping the track and squeezing him between the car and the rib of the coal.

December 28. Theo. Rhodes, Elk Garden miLe, Mineral county, was killed by a fall of coal. On December 18th coal fell on him, fracturing his leg, from the effects of which he died on the 28th.

December 28th. William Miller, Douglas mine, Tucker county, was killed by a fall of slate. In the presence of Mike Semnack and Charles Rucker a piece of slate fell from the roof of the heading breaking his neck, which caused instant death. The deceased was the mine boss of the above mine and was considered a very careful man, but owing to the very bad condition of the roof in some parts of this mine it is not unusual to have frequent falls along the main headings.



FATAL ACCIDENTS.
1897.


January 4th. A. C. Miller, Rolfe mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of coal. After having made a shot, he went under the coal to make an undercutting, when the coal fell on him.

January 8th. John Law, Algoma mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate on the main heading of No. 2 mine.

January 10th. Oliver Blake, St. Clair mine, Fayette county, was killed by a fall of slate. The slate fell on him while at work in his room. There being too much of it for one man to remove, his partner went for help, and when he returned with assistance the man was dead.

January 25th. Jack Counts, Thurmond mine, Fayette county, was killed by a fall of slate in the presence of his father in their working place. He was engaged in robbing a pillar when the slate fell on him.

February 3d. John Stercula, Glendale shaft, Marshall county, was killed by a fall of slate. No details accompanied the report of this accident and it was not reported at the time of its occurrence.

February 6th. Dick Bennett, Algoma mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate in the main heading of No. 2 mine.

February 9th. Baccus Overton, Thomas shaft, Tucker county, was killed by falling down the shaft. He was ascending the shaft on the cage in company with his brother and four or five others, when at a distance of one hundred feet from the bottom he reeled and staggered against the side of the shaft. His companions attempted to rescue him but failed in their effort. He fell to the bottom of the shaft and lived but an hour after being removed.

March 2nd. John Peti, Goodwill mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate. This accident was not reported at the time of its occurrence and no details were furnished other than here stated.

March 8d. Peter Bertusky, Coketon mine No. 8, Tucker county, was killed instantly by a fall of slate. No details accompanied the report of this accident.

March 8th. Andrew Sovinsky, Pulaski mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate. No details accompanied this report.

March 10th. Frank Lute, Thomas shaft, Tucker county, was killed by a fall of slate in No. 12 heading at 7 o'clock a. in. while on the way to his work. The place where the deceased was killed was visited by Mr. W. R. Davis, George Jenkins and J. W. Paul, and a close inspection made of the condition of the roof adjoining the piece which killed the deceased, and the surrounding roof was found to be in a safe and sound condition. It was found that the cause of the slate falling was due to a slip in the roof which could not have been observed. This is an accident which could not have been foreseen.

March 12th. John Watson, DuBrae mine, Rothwell Coal Co., Fayette county, was killed by a fall of slate while assisting his father in undercutting the coal.

March 15th. John Robinson, Shawnee mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of coal. He was engaged in making an undercut in the coal when it fell upon him, killing him instantly. March 22nd. John Evans, Algoma mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate in room No 2. No details accompanied this report.

March 25th. John T. McGraw, Monongah mine No. 8, Marion county, was killed by a fall of slate while at work robbing a pillar. The roof was working and it was known to be in an unsafe condition.

March 26th. L. F. Kincaid, Gauley Mountain mine, Fayette county, was killed by a fall of slate. The injury sustained consisted of a alight bruise across the back. A small piece of slate parting between two benches of coal fell upon him which resulted in no external or apparent injury at the time, other than a slight bruise across the back. On the 27th he died from a rupture of the bladder. It was learned from the doctors that there had been some trouble with his urinary organs, and the bladder being full at the time, was probably ruptured by the piece of slate which fell on him.

April 6th. Alex. Carter, Florence mine, Putnam county, was killed by a fall of slate. No details accompanied this report.

April 14th. Walter Ellis, Fire Creek mine, Fayette county, was killed by the mine cars. He was accidentally thrown from a trip of mine cars on April 12th and sustained an injury which resulted in concussion of the brain, from the effects of which he died on the 14th.

April 30th. Miles Harr, Coketon mine No. 3, Tucker county, had his left thigh broken and sustained other injuries, by a fall of coal and slate, from which he died on June 14th. His son and Mr. J. S. Brophy, mine boss, witnessed the accident.

May 5th. George Tiffany, Goodwill mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate. He was working with his father in a break-through when a piece of slate fell on him.

May 7th. Samuel Fletcher, Upland mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate. He was making an undercut under an open end of coal without the use of a sprag, when the coal give way permitting a piece of slate to fall on him.

May 8th. J. Avery Wood, Lick Branch mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of slate. At about 10:30 a. m. the deceased passed down No. 1 heading and was about to enter No. 19 room to get a drink of water, when a piece of slate fell and broke his right thigh. He was taken home, the wound dressed by two surgeons, but he died about 6:30 p. m. the same day, of fat embolism and shock. An inquest was held on May 9th by J. S. Karr, justice of the peace, and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that "said J. Avery Wood came to his death on May 8, 1897, by accidental means caused by his carelessness at the Lick Branch colliery, Lick Branch, W. Va."

May 13th. Alexander Honaker, Shawnee mine, McDowell county, was killed by the mine cars on the outside of the mine. He was employed as a trip rider and brakeman. While the locomotive, with a trip of loaded mine cars, were in motion, he uncoupled the locomotive from the cars and in doing so fell off the bumper of the car on which he was riding. Twelve loaded cars ran over him.

May 18th. John Surdel, Collins colliery, Fayette county, was killed by a fall of slate. He was working at the face of his room. A slip in the roof caused the draw slate to fall on him. The room was well timbered. The deceased carried a life insurance to the amount of $50.00.

May 18th. Oliver Light, Red Star mine, Fayette county, was killed by a fall of top coal. He had been working in the mine only one week and was an inexperienced man. He was assisting an experienced miner.

May 24th. Jack Mills, St. Clair mine, Fayette county, was smothered in a slack bin. He was shoveling coal in a slack bin when the door below being opened he was enveloped in the coal and before he could be extricated was smothered to death.

May 27th. L. R. Alexander, Florence mine, Putnam county, was killed by a fall of slate. While harnessing a mule on the main entry, a slab of slate fell on him resulting in his death. Inspector Jerry Meade visited the scene of this accident and corroborated the facts as here stated. Deceased was insured for $370.00

June 4th. Thomas Dewees, Indian Ridge mine, McDowell county, was killed by a fall of coal. His partner cut a sprag from under the coal which permitted the coal to fall on the deceased.

June 4th. Samuel Glover. Gaston mine, Marion county, was killed by a premature explosion of a shot in the coal. He had drilled a hole in the coal and was endeavoring to insert a cartridge which became fast in the hole before it had reached the end of the hole. He endeavored to force the cartridge in with a steel bar which, coming in contact with a sulphur nodule, produced a spark which ignited the powder in the cartridge and caused it to explode. The force of this shock almost decapitated the deceased, causing death to be instant. His brother, who was working with him at the time, was burned by the explosion of the powder.

June 3d and 4th. Elijah Neal and George W. Crump, Gauley Mountain mine, Fayette county, were killed by a steam locomotive in the mine. The following report was furnished by Mr. W. N. Page: "I regret to report the death of Elijah Neal and George W. Crump in our new mine Tunnell, on Thursday, June 3d, both white and leaving families. Neal's head was crushed between the cab and rib, from which death must have been instantaneous, and Crump, who was badly scalded by steam from the safety valve, died the following morning. This accident was in no way connected with the working, but was the result of carelessness in running too fast over a new track. Only one pair of drivers left the rail, but at the high rate of speed the safety valve was knocked off against the roof. It is supposed that there was a small scale of slate on the rail, but this is not certain, but it it known positively that they were running at the time beyond the safety limit, with practically an empty engine. Neal was about 35 and Crump about 40 years of age." On June 10th Mine Inspector John I. Absolom visited the scene of this accident and found the facts to be as stated above.

June 14th. Daniel Evans, Beechwood mine, Fayette county, was killed by a fall of coal. He was undercutting coal in a room which was eighteen feet wide and had failed to leave a sprag to support the coal, which fell on him.

June 17th. Peter Nygrim. Coketon mine No. 8, Tucker county, was killed by a fall of coal. He was working on the open end of a pillar of coal which was known to be loose. He failed to block the coal securely and it fell on him.

June 22. G. C. Necessary, Lynchburg colliery, McDowell county, was killed by a coke oven larry. He was running the larry at a high rate of speed when it jumped the track and imprisoned him under it.

June 25th. Mat Jennin, Buckeye mine, Mercer county, was killed by a fall of coal. He was engaged in making an undercutting aid encountered a slip in the coal. A lump of coal weighing from 200 to 300 pounds fell on him breaking his neck.

June 29th. R. L. Barker, Belmont mine, Kanawha county, was killed by a fall of slate. He was engaged in removing some slate and knocked out a post, which caused the slate to fall on him.



NON-FATAL ACCIDENTS.
1896

July 3. Anderson Scale. Powhatan mine, McDowell county, had his thigh broken by a fall of coal.

July 6. Charles Doody, Red Ash mine, Fayette county, had his collar bone broken while taking down some top coal.

July 8. J. B. Duffey, Pulaski mine, McDowell county, had his back and hips injured by being caught between a prop and a mine car.

July 24. Albert Hood, Powhatan mine. McDowell jounty, had his arm burned by the explosion of a powder flask which he was filling at his home.

July 25. James Redd, McDonald colliery, Fayette county, had lis leg broken by a fall of coal.

July 28. Richard McKinney. M. T. Davis & Co. No. 5 mine. Fayette county, had his arm broken by a piece of slate falling on him in room No. 1 on No. 8 entry.

July 80. H. P. Wolfe, Peerless mine, McDowell county, had his thumb and index finger cut off by the fan engine.

July 31. Robert Graves, M. T. Davis & Co. No. 5 mine. Fayette county, had his foot mashed while riding up the inclined plane.

July 81. James W. Whittock, M. T. Davis & Co. No. 5 mine, Fayette county, had a rib broken while riding up the inclined plane, caused by the cars jumping the track.

August 8. Henry Finney, Tidewater mine, McDowell county, had his left leg broken by letting apiece of loose slate, which was lying on top of a pile of coal, fall on him.

August 10. John Thornton, Empire mine, McDowell county, lost an arm. While loading a car of coal at the face of his working place, a piece of slate fell striking his arm and crushing it so badly that amputation was necessary.

August 12. Dalbert Reed, Gates mine No. 1, Taylor county, had his leg broken by a fall of coal while he was endeavoring to wedge it down.

August 12. Andrew Jeffries, Bottom Creek Mine, McDowell county, had his leg broken by a fall of slate.

August 18. Frank Johnson, New England mine, Marion county, had his leg mashed by being caught between mine cars.

August 25. George Finney, Pulaski mine, McDowell county, had his arm badly mashed by being caught by the mine cars.

August 29. William Pondexter, St. Clair mine, Fayette county, had his ankle mashed hy being caught between a mine car and a post.

September 2. C. E. Lytor, Montana mine, Marion county, had both legs broken while standing between two cars which were in a trip of 50 cars. He was filling his oil can, and while standing between the cars they were started and caught him, breaking a bone in each leg.

September 5. George Napper, St. Clair mine, Fayette county, had his back and hips injured by means not stated in the accident report.

September 9. Bird Musefe. St. Clair mine, Fayette county, had his head injured by a fall of slate.

September 15. J. A. Anderson, Pulaski mine, McDowell county, had his arm broken by being caught by the belt which drives the fan.

September 30. Jack Kelly, Montana mine, Marion county, had his left thigh cut and bruised by being run over by a mine car in front of which he accidentally fell.

October 5. B. F. Dorsey. Thurmond mine, Fayette county, was injured in the small of his back and hips by a fall of a piece of slate which he knew to be loose.

October 8. B. Flaherty, Despard mine No. 2, Harrison county, had his leg broken by a fall of coal.

October 10. Nicholas Collins, West Fairmont shaft, Marion county, had his leg lacerated by being run over by a railroad car at the coke plant.

October 12. Floyd Watkins, Montana mine, Marion county, had his finger broken while hooking a chain onto a sheave wheel.

October 13. E. A. Freeman, Montana mine, Marion county, had the bridge of his foot broken by a fall of slate.

October 10. Phillip Shepard, Orescent mine, Fayette county, had his arm broken by a car getting beyond control on the plane.

October 28. J. W. Holland, Goodwill colliery, Mercer county, sustained a broken leg by a fall of slate.

October 20. John Segolar, Montana mine, Marion county, was injured by a fall of slate.

October 30. Joe Stifer, Montana mine, Marion county, was injured by a fall of slate.

November 2. John Morgan, Montana mine, Marion county, was injured by a fall of slate at the face of his working place. He had fired a shot and upon returning, to see the effect of the same, a piece of slate fell on him.

November 5. Charles Stuckey, Montana mine, Marion county, had his nose severely cut by colliding with a loaded mine car.

November 5. John Blonor, Montana mine, Marion county, had his head cut by a lever falling on it while attempting to place a mine car on the track.

November 6. George Powell. Pocahontas East mine, Mercer county, was injured slightly by a fall of slate.

November 8. E. Dun, Tunnelton mine, Preston county, had his hip bruised by a fall of coal.

November 14. Frank Stingo, New England mine, Marion county, had his shoulder dislocated and both legs fractured. He attempted to mount the mine cars at the entrance of the mine and fell under the same.

November 14. J. P. Reynolds, McDonald colliery, Fayette county, had his hip dislocated by causes not stated in the accident report.

November 17. Tucker Banks, Vulcan mine, Fayette county, was slightly injured by a fall of coal.

November 18. Winifredo McCon, Norfolk colliery, McDowell county, sustained a broken leg by a fall of draw slate in his working place.
November 18. Jackson Boyles, Monongah mine No. 2, Marion county, had his back injured by a fall of slate. Assistant mine boss, James Rodger, was in his room and told him to work no longer under the slate which was loose, but he finished loading his car and while doing so the slate fell and caught him.

November 23. Bud Coon, Vulcan mine, Fayette county, was slightly injured by slipping off a lever with which he was engaged in replacing a mine car on the track.

November 24. John Frazier, Vulcan mine, Fayette county, was slightly injured by being kicked off a mine car by a mule.

November 28. C. L. Myers, Tunnelton mine, Preston county, had his leg broken by a fall of coal.

November 29. Emory Wynes, Bottom Creek mine, McDowell county, had his foot mashed by a fall of slate.

December 1. V. E. Tygart, Logan Consolidated mine, Mingo county, was seriously injured by being squeezed between the mine cars.

December 3. Steve Resusky, New England mine, Marion county, sustained a wounded scalp, a bruised chest, and a sprained ankle by a fall of slate. He had failed to examine the roof after making a shot and had not observed the danger which was imminent.

The same date George Resusky received a number of bruises by a fall of slate in his room with his brother, Steve Resusky.

December 4. Eldridge Pannel, Peerless mine, McDowell county, had his finger cut off by having the mine cars run over him. He was employed as a trapper and had gone to sleep on the track.

December 8. Robert Charleton, Monongah mine No. 2, Marion county, had his thumb cut off. He was employed as engineer on an electrical mine locomotive, and in attempting to open the sand pipe while the locomotive was in motion lost his balance, and in attempting to catch himself he got his thumb caught in the gear.

December 9. G. H. Barnes, Monongah mine No. 2, Marion county, had his leg mashed by being caught between the bumpers of two mining cars.

December 10. J. C. Lee, Monongah mine No. 3, Marion county, had his back injured by a piece of slate falling on him in his working place.

December 10. M. J. Risdon, New England mine, Marion county, had his foot and ankle mashed by being caught between the mine cars.

December 10. Charles Sine. West Fairmont shaft, Marion county, had two fingers mashed off by the front end of a mine car jumping off the track and catching his fingers between the car and the roof.

December 17. Charles Noel, Pocahontas East mine, Mercer county, was slightly injured by being caught between the rib of the coal and a mine car.

December 21. Ed Perry, Crescent mine, Fayette county, had his feet badly injured by a fall of slate.

December 23. Andy Linshock, New England mine, Marion county, sustained a wounded scalp aud a fractured thigh by slate falling on him.

The following named persons were slightly injured at the Elk Garden mines, Mineral county, on the dates stated opposite their names:

Aug. 1st, John Burke.
Aug. 28, Thomas Cooke.
Sept. 4, P. C. Paugh.
Sept. 7, Wilson Gray.
Sept. 22, G. Jenkins.
Oct, 1, C. N. Dyke.
Oct. 7, A. E. Simmons.
Dec. 20, A. Henry.


NON-FATAL ACCIDENTS.
1897.


January 2. Joe Patent, Southside mine, Fayette county, had his clavicle dislocated by being knocked off a mine car by a mule.

January 5. Aaron Lark, Greenbrier mine, McDowell county, had his hip dislocated by a kettle bottom falling on him.

January 6. John Hornback, Red Ash mine, Fayette county, had his heel mashed by a small piece of slate falling on it.

January 9. Pasquae Munn, Coketon mine No. 3, Tucker county, had his knee mashed by means not stated.

January 13. J. A. Davidson. Louisville mine, McDowell county, had his foot bruised by the mine cars.

January 13. John Ramsey, Southside mine, Fayette county, had his back bruised by a fall of slate.

January 14. George Heck, Northside mine, Fayette county, had his arm fractured and back bruised by a fall of slate.

January 14. John Tucker, Crescent mine, Fayette county, was injured in his feet and face by a fall of slate.

January 22. Rawley Davis, Powhatan mine, McDowell comity, had his foot badly mashed while attempting to stop a railroad hopper under the tipple.

January 26. George Cunningham, Buckeye mine, Mercer county, was severely injured by the rebound of one end of a mine car, on which he was standing, caused by slate falling on the opposite end of the mine car.

January 27. Stonewall Hansford, Coketon mine No. 3. Tucker county, had his arm broken by means not stated in the report.

January 27. S. L. Merrifield, West Fairmont shaft, Marion county, had his ankle sprained while cleaning out a railroad car, caused by a grain door falling on him.

January 29. Charles Hughes, Vulcan mine, Fayette county, was slightly injured by a fall of slate.

January 20. J. C. Jenkins, Montana mine, Marion county, had his head cut by a fall of slate.

February 1. George Anskaken, Thomas Drift mine, Tucker county, had his leg broken by causes not mentioned in the report.

February 2. William Torrey, Vulcan mine, Fayette county, had a finger mashed by a car wheel.

February 3. John Stercule, Glendale shaft, Marshall county, had his head cut badly by a fall of slate in his room. His partner, who was with him at the time, was slightly injured.

February 3. Hays Gaskill, Montana mine, Marion county, had his hand badly lacerated by having an iron rod, 2 inches by one half inch in section, forced through his hand while attempting to couple the grip onto some loaded mine cars.

February 4. Charles Marshall, New England mine, Marion county, had his finger mashed by being caught between the rib of the coal and the brake rod of a mine car.

February 10. Peter Phillips, Buckeye mine, Mercer county, had his hip bone fractured by being caught between a mule and a mine car.

February 10. Thomas Hickman, Forest Hill mine, Fayette county, had his ankle sprained by a fall of slate which was due to his own carelessness.

February 13. Perry Martin, Vulcan mine, Fayette county, had his arm scalded by the bursting of an oil barrel into which he foolishly inserted a red hot iron.

February 15. M. A. Whitaker, Elkhorn Mine, McDowell county, had his leg broken by a fall of coal which he knew to be in an unsafe condition.

February 15. John Wolfe, Crescent mine, Fayette county, had his leg broken by being caught between mine cars.

February 15. M. A. Whitaker, Maybeury mine, McDowell county, had his leg broken by a fall of top coal.

February 18. John A. Smith, Pearl Coal Co., Mingo county, was injured by a fall of coal.

February 20. Mose Christian, Logan Consolidated mine, Mingo county, sustained a sprained ankle which was caused by the mine cars.

February 25. John Shields, Empire mine, McDowell county, received a compound fracture of the lower third of the humerous. He was riding on the front end of a mine car with his arm hanging on the inside of the car when a piece of slate fell on his arm.

February 28. Michael Hanley, New England mine, Marion county, had his finger cut off by means not stated in the report.

March 3. Frank Smart, Pulaski mine, McDowell county, had his hand mashed while coupling mine cars.

March 5. Charles Gillispie, New England mine, Marion county, had his heel torn off. He was a helper on a mining machine and while tightening a nut on the forejack of the machine his wrench slipped, causing him to step on the chain of the machine, which cut his heel almost entirely off.

March 10. Herman Peffner, Campbells'Creek mine, Kanawha county, had his foot mashed by causes not stated in the accident report.

March 11. Ernest Aultman. Elm Grove shaft, Ohio county, had his leg broken by a fall of slate. He had neglected to post the roof of his room properly.

March 11. George Laughery, Monongah mine No. 2, Marion county, had his leg crushed off. He mounted the mine locomotive as it passed him and allowed his leg to hang over the side of the locomotive, and it was caught between the locomotive and the rib of the coal and mashed so badly as to necessitate amputation.

March 12. R. Vanhook, Lynchburg mine, McDowell county, had his foot cut by a fall of slate.

March 19. A. P. Crawford, Ronda mine, Kanawha county, had one bone of his right leg broken. He was engaged in cleaning up slate from the entry, and, in going from one slate fall to another, he ran into a piece of slate which had fallen on the road. He was riding on the front end of the car and was caught between the slate and car.

March 18. Robert Gunno, Spring Fork mine, Kanawha county, had his leg crushed by causes not mentioned in the accident report.

March 19. A. E. Phalen, Mecca mine, Fayette county, had his leg broken by falling from a trip of mine cars.

March 20. S. P. Lampkin, Goodwill colliery, Mercer county, sustained a broken leg by a piece of slate falling against him while working in a break-through.

March 24. Stewart Smith, McDonald colliery, Fayette county, had a leg broken by a fall of coal.

March 25. J. H. Miles, Elkhorn mine, McDowell county, had his arm and back hurt by being knocked down by a mule walking against him.

March 25. Mike Rounder, Greenbrier mine, McDowell county, had his nose and lip cut by a fall of coal while he was making an undercut. He was disabled for one month.

March 27. John Fobis, Montana mine, Marion county, was injured by a fall of slate.

March --, Edward Whittaker, Austin mine, Preston county, had his finger mashed.

April 3. Zeph Belcher, Goodwill colliery, Mercer county, sustained a broken leg by a fall of slate under which he was cautioned, by another miner, not to go.

April 6. G. A. Jackson, Louisville mine, McDowell county, was bruised externally by being caught between mine cars and a ventilating door.

April 6. H. K. Dow, Elkhorn mine, McDowell county, had his head and back injured while driving a mule. He was standing on the front end of a car and was not noticing the roof, when he came in contact with a low place in the roof, which caused him to be rolled across the top of the car.

April 7. Will Carter, Vulcan mine, Fayette county, had his wrist fractured by being caught between the top of the mine car and the roof of the mine.

April 9. Andrew Jacobs, Pulaski mine, McDowell county, had his hip broken by being caught between mine cars.

April 9. Charles Reppeth, St. Clair mine, Fayette county, had his foot badly cut by a car jumping the track and catching his foot in a frog.

April 12. Bass Savage, Pearl Coal Co., Mingo county, had his leg injured by a mine car leaving the track.

April 14. Jack Brooks, M. T. Davis & Co. No. 5 mine, Fayette county, had his arm broken by falling off No. 5 tipple onto the ground.

April 14. H. Meadows, Spring Fork mine, Kanawha county, had his foot mashed by causes not mentioned in the accident report.

April 15. Dave Patrick, West Fairmont shaft, Marion county, had his breast lacerated by being struck with a piece of a wooden rail with which he was endeavoring to place a derailed mine car on the track.

April 20. Frank Pondexter, Goodwill colliery, Mercer county, had an arm injured by a piece of coal falling on him.

April 23. Elias Stahl, Goodwill colliery, Mercer county, had his leg broken while working in a break-through.

April 24. Robert Hicks, Louisville mine, McDowell county, had his side and hip bruised by a fall of slate.

April 24. Albert Cook. Gilchrist mine, Ohio county, had his leg broken by a fall from a trip of mine cars. He was employed as a mule driver.

April --, Fleming Green, Dubrae mine. Fayette county, was slightly injured by a fall of slate.

April 20. John Vincent, Louisville mine, McDowell county, had his arms and hands bruised by a fall of coal.

Mav 1. Mat Johnson, Bottom Creek mine, McDowell county, had his ankle sprained by a fall of slate.

May 6. George Parum, Shawnee mine, McDowell county, had his leg broken while engaged in taking down some loose slate from the roof of a cross entry.

May 10. John Yatske, Montana mine, Marion county, had his head injured by a fall of slate.

May 11. Walter Rowe, Montana mine, Marion county, cut his thigh badly by falling on an oil bottle which he had in his pocket.

May 11. Albert Mitchell, Pearl Coal Co., Mingo county, had his fingers badly bruised by having coal to roll on them.

May 20. John Palmer, Turkey Gap mine, McDowell county, sustained a fractured ankle and a lacerated scalp by a fall of slate which he knew to be in an unsafe condition.

May 20. James Demassly, Coketon mine No. 1, Tucker county, had his right leg broken in two places, on No. 1 coke plant, by having a pile of lumber fall on him.

May 20. John W. Temp, Turkey Gap mine, McDowell county, had both ankles and knee sprained and muscles of the back badly injured by a fall of slate, which the injured knew to be unsafe.

May 21. Robert Monal, West Fairmont shaft, Marion county, had his left hand badly cut with an axe which he was using to drive a wedge between a post and the roof of the mine.

May 25. Frank Harper, Peerless mine, McDowell county, had his left knee dislocated, and sustained a compound fracture of the right leg by a fossil piece of slate falling on him. There was no indication that the fossil was likely to fall.

May 28. Mike Bobchock, Montana mine, Marion county, was injured by being squeezed between a loaded car and the rib of the coal.

May 28. Alex Chambers, Lynchburg mine, McDowell county, had his leg cut off and his head and foot lacerated. The injured was at his home when a railroad car was passing which the brakeman could not manage, and in his effort to assist the brakeman to control the car, he was caught under it.

June 8. Edward Cundiff, New Haven mine, Mason county, had his leg broken. He jumped between two water wagons while they were in motion for the purpose of riding out of the mine. One of the wagons became derailed and caught his leg between the wagons.

June 8. Charles Vickars, St. Clair mine, Fayette county, sustained injuries in his back which will cripple him for life.

June 3. Joseph Leonard Albert, Caswell Creek mine, Mercer county, sustained a compound fracture of the right thigh and a sprained ankle. He had taken the chock from under the car wheel of a mine car and, in attempting to run in front of the car to apply the brake which was on the opposite side of the car, he fell down and was run over by the car.

June 4. Lewis Glover, Gaston mine, Marion county, had his face burned slightly by a premature explosion of a shot. His brother, Samuel Glover, was killed in this accident.

June 8. Richard Kephart, Maritime Mine, Mingo county, sustained a fracture of the superior maxillary and wounded about the face caused by a fall of slate in No. 5 room while he was engaged as helper on a mining machine.

June 10. George Banko, Montana mine, Marion county, had his head lacerated by a fall of slate.

June 11. Steve Tobacco, Montana mine, Marion county, had his foot mashed by a mine prop falling on it.

June 12. Joe Morinko, Montana mine, Marion county was slightly injured by a fall of slate.

June 12. Boyers Boyce, Montana mine, Marion county, had his head cut by a lump of coal falling from the tipple and striking him.

June 12. Sandford --- , Elk Garden, Mineral county, had his head injured by a fall of slate and coal.

June 15. William Robinson, Algoma No. 1 mine, McDowell county, had his foot and leg so badly mashed by the fall of a kettle bottom that it was necessary to amputate the limb above the knee.

June 15. Andy Satchady, Montana mine, Marion county, had his leg broken by a fall of slate.

June 16. John Morgan, Montana mine, Marion county, was injured by a fall of slate.

June l9. Charles Shearer, Elk Garden mine, Mineral county, had his back injured by a fall of coal.

June 22. Morgan Pratt, Austin mine, Preston county, had his finger mashed. On July 6th, amputation of the finger was necessary.

June 22. George T. Buconnor, Upland mine, McDowell county, sustained a fracture of the radius and bruises across the chest by coal falling on him in his working place. The injured received a weekly indemnity of $5.00 from an insurance association during the time that he was unable to resume work.

June 23. Brion Dickinson, Pocahontas East mine, Mercer county, was slightly injured by a fall of the roof.

June 25. Robert Price, Robins mine, Fayette county, was burned on the arms, side and legs by the explosion of a cartridge while he was placing a cap in the same. A spark from his lamp feil into the explosive and caused it to explode.

June 26. William Eperson, Louisville mine, Mercer county, was bruised about the back and hips. He was coming out of a cross entry with a loaded mine car, and, failing to obey a trapper's signal, collided with a car on the main heading. He was caught between the mule and car. The injured received $5.00 per week from an insurance association during the time he was confined by these injuries.

June 30. Floyd Odor, Pocahontas East mine, Mercer county, was squeezed between the rib of coal and a mine car.

The following named persons were slightly injured at the Elk Garden mines, Mineral county, on the dates stated opposite their names:

Jan. 9, William Willis.
Jan. 16, T. J. Boylon.
Feb. 2, Bud Harvey.
March 22, Henry Simmons.
March 27, J. H. Moore.
April 14, John Wilson.
April 20. R. Russett.
May 4, William Smysson.
May 17, A. E. Simmons.
May 18, J. R. Hanger.
June 9, James Moore.
June 14, A. T. Fleming, Jr.
June 20, James Carney.


Accidents for Which No Dates Were Furnished.


J. C. Eskins, Ronda mine, Kanawha county, had his wrist stove up and some bones broken by being struck with the crowbar which he was using in an effort to place a loaded mine car on the track.

Duck Jones, Rush Run mine, Fayette county, fractured his toe by a car wheel.

John Spradling, Rush Run mine, Fayette county, was bruised on the side by being caught between mine cars and the rib of the coal.

Public Documents, Volume 2, By West Virginia, 1898



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