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4 Miners Die in Explosion
Hammond Times, Indiana
November 20, 1936
Bates, Ark., Nov. 20. -- (INS) -- Four men were killed instantly and another was seriously injured in a coal mine explosion here yesterday.
The dead are:
John Delps, Howe, Okla.
Bill Goesky, Bates
Joe Taylor, Heavener, Okla.
Tom Ellis, Bates
John Winters, Bates, was seriously injured. He was taken to a hospital in Fort Smith.
Officials of the Bates Coal Mining Company, where the accident occurred, said only five men were in the mine at the time of the explosion. A crew of 100 men was to enter the mine within an hour or so however.
The explosion occurred, according to the mine officials, when a cutting machine pierced a gas pocket in the company's Mine No. 1.
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