FOR MEMORIAL SERVICES
IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE
FRATERYILLE MINE EXPLOSION
COAL CREEK, TENNESSEE
on Monday, May 19th, 1902
AND IN THE
CROSS MOUNTAIN MINE EXPLOSION
ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 th, 1911 STATEMENTS: No. 1.
On the morning of Monday, May 19th, 1902, at 7:30, just after all the men had entered Fraterville mine, there occurred
in that mine one of the most disastrous mine explosions that has ever occurred in America. Out of all the men and boys who
were then in the mine, numbering somewhere from 180 to 200, not a single person escaped with his life. Some were killed
instantly, some were shut up in small passages and rooms and probably lived but a short time while a good number were able
to escape to the headings and entries in parts of the mine away from the explosion, and there exist for several hours, until
death came from suffocation and after damp. Probably the longest any lived was from seven to eight hours, while
most of the men died within a much shorter time. The presence of unbearable heat and of after damp in the mine, prevented the escape and caused the death of all those who were not injured in the explosion. The list of death herein printed is
published as the most correct one obtainable from all available sources.
No. 2. On the morning of Saturday, December 9th, 1911 at 7:20, just after the men had entered Cross Mountain mine No. 1,
a disastrous explosion occurred, causing the death of 84 men and boys out of the total number of 89, which had entered the
mine, most of whom died from the effects of the deadly afterdamp.
The list of dead herein printed was compiled by the Program Committee of the citizens meeting at Briceville of April
3th, 1912, and is the most correct list obtained by it from all available sources.