With the horrendous news this week of another mine disaster in West Virginia, the thoughts and prayers of the country are with the families as they struggle to wait patiently for news of their loved ones.
Sometimes, there can be encouraging news in mine disasters. A case in point is the Parrall Mine, near Oak Hill, Fayette County, WV. There was an explosion in February 1906, and it was believed there were 31 men trapped in the mine.
The following names are taken from the February 10, 1906, Pittsburgh Press newspaper article.
F Z FITZGOULD
F P ZARK
Jule NEAL, colored
Charles MATTHEWS, colored
Herbert CALLOWAY, colored
The article indicates the recovery of the other missing bodies is still in progress.
When you've got some time, be sure to read old newspapers. They are a great source for genealogy and for history. Google has been a great job of getting them online for us all to enjoy.
©2010 AS Eldredge