united states mine rescue association Mine Disasters in the United States
Heins and Glassmire Mine Hoisting Disaster
August 10, 1870
No. Killed – 9
Twelve Miners Precipitated Down a Shaft 200 Feet
The New York Times, New York
August 11, 1870
Pottsville, Pa., Aug. 10. -- At 4 o'clock this afternoon a cage in the shaft of Heins and Glassmire, near Middleport, containing twelve miners, was precipitated to the bottom, 200 feet, by the giving way of the hoisting machinery.
The following were killed:
John McGurnley, terribly injured
E. Manuels, terribly injured
Hugh McAunly, terribly injured
Albert Koch, terribly injured
William Matthews, slightly injured
Patrick Day, slightly injured
Several hours elapsed before the bodies could be brought out of the shaft. A temporary cage had to be constructed to hoist the dead and mangled bodies to the surface.