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Sandoval Coal Company
Sandoval Mine Explosives Detonation

Sandoval, Illinois
March 31, 1903
No. Killed 8



Explosion at Sandoval, Ill., Kills Five Men and Fatally Injures Four Others
Decatur Herald, Illinois
April 1, 1903

Sandoval, Ill., March 31 -- Five men were killed and four fatally injured by an explosion in a coal mine near here today.

The dead:
Frank Davis
L. F. Lamay
Dominic Barlottso
John Gachenis
Joe Beanca

The fatally injured:
Henry Newhouse
Henry Wheler
Charles Lewis
William McCadden

Seriously hurt:
Frank Day

Three of the dead men leave families.  It is thought the explosion was caused by a shot igniting the coal dust.


Coal Mine Explosion Causes Death of Five
Logansport Reporter, Indiana
April 2, 1903

Sandoval, Ill., April 1. -- Five men were killed and four fatally injured by an explosion in the coal mine here.

The dead:
Frank Davis
L. F. Lamay
Dominic Barlottso
John Gachenis
Joe Beanca

The fatally injured:
Henry Newhouse
Henry Wheeler
Charles Lewis
William McFadden

The accident was due to an accumulation of gases in the mine from imperfect ventilation and coal dust which had been allowed to gather two feet in depth in many places.  The force of the explosion wrecked the interior of the mines, destroying trap doors and knocking down props.  The coal shaft is the property of the Sandoval Coal Company, of which T. S. Marshall of Salem is the principal stockholder.



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