Explosion of Gas in Workings at Greeno, Va.
Coshocton Daily Tribune. Ohio
December 16, 1910
Bluefield, W. Va., Dec. 15. -- Twelve men were killed and twenty-six were entombed by an explosion in the Old Greeno Mine at Tacoma, Va. There was a great detonation that shook the earth.
The Greeno mine is owned by the Bend and Bruce Coal Company and is in Wise County, 100 miles from here on the Norfolk and Western Railroad. Relief parties with oxygen helmets and surgeons' supplies are on their way to the scene of the disaster.
Superintendent James Bearyman, who entered the shaft just a few minutes before the explosion, is among the dead.
Wives and children of the entombed men surround the entrance begging the rescuers to bring their loved ones out.
The known dead are:
James Bearyman, Superintendent
William Ritchie, Line Foreman
Gussie Ritchie, aged 15, driver
Arch Leslie, driver
Lee Rowland, trip rider
George Miller, miner, Slavishman
Charles Whittaker, company man
Charles Williams, miner
Living and rescued men:
John Noden, miner
James Rosenburg, company man
John Ritchie, miner, Slavishman
G. E. Lehman, miner
All of the men were American except where otherwise stated.
The explosion is said to have been caused by an accumulation of gas in the lower levels, being set fire to by an open lamp belonging to one of the miners, but this cannot be confirmed.
The same mine had a similar explosion three years ago, in which six men were killed.