Notes for Maurice Beedle: The Monongah Mine disaster of Monongah, West Virginia took place on December 6, 1907 and has been described as "the worst mining disaster in American History". The explosion was thought to have been caused by the ignition of methane (also called "black damp"), which ignited the coal dust in mines number 6 and 8.
Rescue workers could only work in the mines for 15 minutes due to the lack of breathing equipment. Some of those workers also perished due to the poisonous gas.
In all, the lives of 362 boys and men were lost in the underground explosion, leaving 250 widows and over 1000 children without support. The victims were actually 956, the vast majority of them (171) were Italians who had migrated from San Giovanni in Fiore, San Nicola dell’Alto, Falerna, Gizzeria, Civitella Roveto, Duronia, Civita d’Antino, Canistro, Torella del Santo and other villages in Calabria, Abruzzo and Molise.
A morgue was set up in the bank building to accommodate the victims. Hundreds of coffins lined Main Avenue in front of the building. U.S. Congress reacted to the disaster at Monongah and mining laws were passed and toughened.
The ruins of the coal mines have been sealed shut with bricks. Many of the original mining homes were built on the hillside above the mine.
The 362 includes only those men and boys that where registered into the mine that morning. Many men took buddies in with to share the wages. Also those that worked outside the shaft where not registered into the mine. It also does not include the rescue workers that did later as a result of rescue efforts in the mine.
Maurce Beedle was on one of the rescue teams that entered the mines several times after the explosion. He dies one month after the disaster in Cook Hospital in Fairmont, W, Va,
More About Maurice Beedle: Arrival 1: 186914 Arrival 2: 186915, 16 Date born 2: 1851, England.16 Date born 3: 1851, England.17 Date born 4: 1851, England.18 Date born 5: 1851, England.19 Died 2: 01 Jan 1908, Cook Hospital Fairmont WV was on Rescue Team in Monogah mine explosion 7 dec 1907. Occupation: 1900, Coal miner.20 Residence 1: 1900, Dawson, Fayette, Pennsylvania.21, 22, 22 Residence 2: 1880, Massillon, Stark, Ohio.23
More About Maurice Beedle and Margaret Bolyen Young: Marriage: 1876
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