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Bend and Bruce Coal Company
Greeno Mine Explosion

Tacoma, Virginia
December 14, 1910
No. Killed 8



See also:   Greeno Mine Explosion, Mar. 16, 1907

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.



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