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Sans Bois Coal Company
San Bois No. 2 Mine Explosion

McCurtain, Oklahoma
March 20, 1912
No. Killed - 73



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Twenty-six men were rescued on Thursday following an undisclosed period after undergoing frightful experiences.


Meet Death in Pit; Forty Miners Known to Have Been Killed as Result of Explosion
The Manti Messenger, Utah
March 29, 1912

Fort Smith, Ark., Mar. 21 -- Eighty-one miners were killed Wednesday as the result of an explosion in Mine No. 2 of the Sans Bois Coal Company at McCurtain, Okla., thirty-seven miles west of here.

Eleven of the miners escaped shortly after the explosion occurred. Several of these are injured so seriously that it is believed they will die.

Twenty-six men were rescued on Thursday after undergoing frightful experiences. Many of the miners who lost their lives are supposed to have died after the explosion, the foul air causing their deaths.

The explosion occurred shortly after 9 o'clock Wednesday morning. According to an official statement from the offices of the Fort Smith & Western Railways company, owners of the property, 116 men were working in the mine at the time. Whether gas or coal dust caused the explosion has not been determined.


Listing of the dead in the McCurtain mine disaster from rootsweb.com/okleflor.

NELSON BARTON, 17, single
THOMAS BRUNSKILL, 30, wife and 2 children
PAUL BESSA, 40, single
ED CAMPBELL, 27, single
F. W. ECHOLS, 28, single
JOHN GOLWAS, SR., 54, wife and 3 children
RALPH KENNY, 15, single
STEVE LUCKENISH, 31, wife and 4 children
ANTON MAIDIE, 28, wife and 2 children
RUTLEDGE POOLE, 17, single
W. D. OPER, 24, single
JAMES PHILLIPS, 31, wife and 1 child
OLLIE PARENTI, 47, wife and 8 children
D. W. RUTLEDGE, 33, wife and 2 children
WALTER THOMAS, 32, wife and 3 children
GEORGE GREGO, 38
WILLIAM STEELE, 22, single
OLIVER SMELZER, 17, single
W. A. THOMAS, 35, wife
ABE SKINNER, 47, wife and 5 children
JOE WEBERGER, 40, wife and 3 children
CHARLES SABIO, 38, wife
R. D. WIMBERLY, 27, wife
F. W. WOODWARD, 37, wife and 3 children
FRANK MARTIN, 36, single
B. McGUIRE, single
BENJ. NELSON, 41, single
ALEX OASIS, 26
W. C. PERRY, 28, wife and 3 children
HAL PHILLIPS, 37, single
SAM PHILLIPS, 35, wife and 5 children
JOHN PERKO, 41, wife and 4 children
JOE ROMANIO, wife and 4 children
ENOCH KATCHUNIS, 41, wife and 4 children
JOE MAROSCO, 33, wife and 4 children
THOMAS KOKOT, 54, wife
FRED HEINZ, 51, wife and 3 children
JOE KOMINSKY, 41, wife and 7 children
TONY LAVANA, 28, wife
ED McGUINNES, 44, wife and 1 child
PETER MATTIS, 43, wife and 5 children
WILLIAM FARRIMOND, 38, wife and 4 children
JOHN GOLWAS, JR., 17, single
JACK GRADIS, 42, wife and 4 children
CHAD GOUGH, 21, wife and 1 child
JOE GUSSIO, 23, wife
JOHN GOUGH, 26, wife and 1 child
T. J. IZETT, 33, single
ERNEST HANKINS, 18, single
SAMUEL HICKS, 17, single
FRANK ALDMAN, wife
TONY BENCH, 36, single
FRANK CROOKS, 40, wife 5 children
A. L. COOK, 50
ENRICO CARBELLO, single
CHARLES COWARDIN, 39, wife and 2 children
JOHN GOTTO, wife
JOHN DAY, 29, wife
CRILL A. EMBERTON, 31, wife
CLEVELAND FIELDS, 27, wife and 1 child
DAN DANIELS, 46, wife
DANIEL COMPTON, 22, single
CHARLES CONNERS, 22
ARTHUR BUCKANNAN, 53, wife and 3 children
OMAR THOMAS, 18, single
N. BARDISONIO
ALBERT BONNER, 35, wife and 2 children
WILLIAM CROSS, 29, wife and 1 child
OSCAR ADAMS, 44, wife and 4 children
ARTHUR ANDREWS, 21, wife
GEORGE BELL, 38, wife and 6 children
WILLIAS ANDREWS, 40, wife and 4 children
W. G. BIRDSONG, 36, wife and 1 child



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