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Atlas Coal Company
New Home No. 2 Mine Explosives Detonation

Rich Hill, Bates County, Missouri
February 18, 1915
No. Killed - 5

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Cause of disaster: Five men were killed when blown out shots ignited the coal dust.

Five Killed in Mine Blast
Washington Democrat, Indiana
February 19, 1915

Rich Hill, Mo., Feb. 19. -- Five men were killed in an explosion in the Atlas Coal Co's shaft, nine miles northwest of here.

They are:
  • Thomas R. Watson
  • Fred Schultz
  • William Breen
  • Frank Rhody
  • George Cartwright
Up until two months ago 70 men worked in the mine, but on account of fire, the state mine inspector ordered that only five men in eight-hour shifts work.

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