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Rupert Mining Company Keystone Mine Explosion
June 21, 1937
No. Killed - 6
Blast in Mine Fatal to Four
Circleville Herald, Ohio
June 22, 1937
Jackson, June 22 -- (UP) -- Four of the six miners who were seared by flames in an explosion at the Keystone coal mine, 12 miles southeast of here, yesterday, died early today in Holzer Hospital at Gallipolis.
The two surviving miners were in critical condition. Doctors gave them hardly a chance to live. Theodore Rupert, 25, and his brother, Edward, 20, died within two minutes of each other. Another brother, Daniel Rupert, 21, was fighting for his life. The Ruperts resided at Thurman, and were sons of Fred Rupert, who operates the mine with his brother, William Rupert.
Kerr Harris, 21, of Vinton, and George Cadd, 54, of Vinton, also died in the hospital. The other survivor was Thomas Godfrey, 48, of Vinton.
The men ran from the mine with their clothing afire. They said they had been eating lunch in the mine and a carbide lamp on the cap of one of them fell into a powder keg.