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McAlester Coal Company
McAlester No. 5 Mine Explosives Disaster

Alderson, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma
April 29, 1901
No. Killed - 6

See also: McAlester No. 1 Hoisting Disaster, Dec. 28, 1901

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Gas Explosion in an Indian Territory Coal Mine
Anaconda Standard, Montana
April 30, 1901

South McAlester, I. T., April 29 -- An explosion of gas occurred in the mine of the McAlester Coal Company at Alderson this morning by which five men lost their lives, seven were injured and another is reported missing.

  • Emanuel Layton, colored
  • Wiley Clark and brother, colored
  • Andrew Pescol
  • Dominico Wesolely
The injured:
  • Ed Andrews, colored
  • Pat Woods
  • Paul Sotak
  • Mose Garrett, colored
  • Two others, names unknown
Joe Petrovitch is missing.

It is believed the explosion was caused by the firing by some of the men of a defective blast left by the regular shot-firers.  All the dead were asphyxiated.

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