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Taylor Mining Company
Taylor Mine Asphyxiations

Hartford, Kentucky
May 6, 1913
No. Killed 5



Rescuer Deaths

Five men were killed by blackdamp in a deserted shaft of a coal mine belonging to the Taylor Mining Company.  The men were working near the shaft when C. F. Frazier went to explore the abandoned digging.  He fell into the water and the four others who went to his rescue succumbed to blackdamp.  The miners attempting to rescue Frazier included John Killers, J. P. Ramer, F. Tourk, and Jim Porter.


Kentucky Miners Killed By Blackdamp
Atlanta Constitution, Georgia
May 7, 1913

Hartford, Ky., May 6. -- Five men were killed by blackdamp today in a deserted shaft of a coal mine belonging to the Taylor Mining Company.

The men were working near the shaft when C. F. Frazier went to explore the abandoned digging.  He fell into the water and the four others who went to his rescue succumbed to the blackdamp.

Beside Frazier, the victims were:
  • John Killers
  • J. P. Ramer
  • F. Tourk
  • Jim Porter



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