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Peerless Mine Explosion

Straven, Shelby County, Alabama
January 13, 1930
No. Killed - 7

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These men were employed as slate men and were cleaning up slate in room number 51.  They examined the roof thoroughly before starting to work and pronounced it safe.  After working under same for some time, three pieces of slate gave way, killing the above and injuring one other.

The deceased:
  • Solon Brantley, 24
  • Jim Chesser, 32
  • Coleman Davis, 25
  • Maurice Howard
  • Bill Lanier
  • Arthur Lawley, 33
  • Robert Vernon, 37
Source: Alabama Mining Accidents, 1891-1999  PDF Format

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