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Mine Disasters in the United States



Summit Branch Mining Company
Willamstown Colliery Explosion

Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
July 15, 1908
No. Killed - 6

1908 Annual Report Description  PDF Format
Newspaper article  PDF Format
See also: Williamstown Mine Asphyxiations, May 25, 1904

From the Google News Archives:  External Link
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Successful Rescue

Ten miners were removed from the mine after an undisclosed period badly burned and torn by the force of the explosion.  It was feared that several of them would die.  One of the injured men was taken to the morgue and it was not until an identification of the bodies was made that it was found that he was living.  The exact number of miners rescued is not known.  Six miners perished in the disaster.

The deceased:
  • James T. Bowman
  • Arthur Hawk
  • Michael Stakem
  • Charles Kickert
  • John W. Reilly
  • John J. Whittle




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