Coal Miners' Memorial,
Bartley, McDowell Co WV
92 men lost their lives in an explosion on Jan. 10, 1940. Contributed by: Geneva Steele
The Charleston Gazette, West Virginia 1940-01-13
MOST VICTIMS MARRIED MEN.
Bartley, Jan. 12. -- (AP) -- The official list of the 92 victims of the disaster at Bartley No. 1 mine of the Pond Creek Pocahontas Coal company:
ALONZO BARNETT, 37, mine foreman, married, four children, of Bartley.
LEE HALL, 43, mine foreman, married, two children, Bartley.
G. L. SPENCER, 43, mine foreman, five children, English.
CHARLEY MOFFITT (identified), 42, Negro married, four children, Bartley.
ROY EVANS, 41, (identified), married, four children, Bartley.
R. C. HYATT (identified), 32, married, four children, Bartley.
ERN HARLOW, 31, married, five children, Bartley.
VIRGIL MILLS, 28, married, two children, Bartley.
WILL BENJAMIN, 45, Negro, married four children, Bartley.
CLARENCE TAYLOR, 43, married, Bartley.
CLARENCE OATMEAL, 49, Negro, Bartley.
E. W. HOOPS, 41, married, five children, Bartley.
VANE MARCUM, 24, married, Breeden.
P. C. BRANSCOME, 30, married, two children, Jolo.
JAMES H. WINGO, 28, married, War.
GILMER F. MEADE, 25, married, Bartley.
W. P. WHEELING, 25, single, Bartley.
W. R. O'QUINN, 25, single, English.
J. R. UNDERWOOD, 26, married, two children, English.
LEE SMITH, 36, married, four children, Bartley.
C. P. ANDERS, 40, married, five children, Yukon.
M. L. MERCER, War.
WILLIE BUSBEE, 26, married, two children, Glen Rogers.
R. L. VANCE, War.
E. E. WATERS, 26, three children, Bartley.
S. SANCHEZ, 41, married, War.
W. A. CROUSE, Yukon.
DANKLE HOWARD, 29, married, four children, Bartley.
JOHN HESS, 30, married, four children, Bartley.
G. W. GRIFFITH, Paynesville.
J. L. COX, War.
MIKE LAZAR, 53, married, three children, English.
DAVE SLOANE, Garrett.
J. D. DICKERSON, Bartley.
M. S. CRISP, 25, single, Bartley.
MILES RAY, 31, married, five children, Bartley.
FLOYD COMBS, 26, married, Bartley.
CLEVE OWENS, 35, married, seven children, Yukon.
J. L. SIGMON, 19, single, Bartley.
ALFRED SPARKS, 29, married, two children, Davy.
C. W. PERKINS, 37, married, Anjean.
JASPER WHITE, 47, married, eight children, Bartley.
HOBART BRANSEOME, 34, married, four children, Jolo.
W. C. SIMPKINS, Portsmouth.
C. G. WYATT, Bartley.
J. R. KESTER, 35, married, one child, Bartley.
J. E. MEGGISON, 31, married, three children, Bartley.
PATRICK MONOGHAN, 23, single, Bartley.
JOE TICKLE, 30, married, four children, Bartley.
KIRBY AYERS, Mount Airy, N. C.
B. M. MARSHALL, 34, single, Caretta.
H. H. HARISTON, 20, single, Bartley.
SAUNDERS FULTZ, 45, Negro, married, two children, Bartley.
ERNEST COLE, 27, married, one child, Bartley.
JOHN LINDSEY, Danville, Va.
J. M. MULLINS, 45, married, four children, Bartley.
TOMMY WALLACE, 30, married, four children, War.
ROBERT FULTZ, 51, single, Bartley.
CHARLES MULLINS, 20, single (son of J. M. MULLINS).
CONCERTO AVANZATO, 63, married, four children, War.
M. L. BEAVERS, 47, married, six children, Bartley.
LUTHER LESTER, 35, married, two children, Paynesville.
C. A. HESS, 27, married, three children, Drill, Va.
CARLOS WHITED, 23, married, two children, Drill, Va.
DEXTER HESS, 21, married, one child, Drill, Va.
ROBERT YORK, 33, married, three children, Lenore.
H. H. SPANGLER, 24, married, War.
M. G. MILLS, 29, married, one child, Cucumber.
WILLIAM HANDY, 39, married, five children, Yukon.
FELIX HARPER, 40, Negro, married, five children, Bartley.
C. C. STAIR, 57, married, seven children, Bartley.
W. A. GARNER, 25, single, English.
T. H. PRUETT, Bartley.
T. E. SIGMON, 39, married, two children, Bartley.
CHESTER DAVIDSON, 29, married, one child, Bartley.
WASH McGLOTHLIN, 27, married, two children, Bartley.
J. H. McGLOTHLIN, Bartley.
ROBERT CRIBB, 32, Negro, single, Bartley.
C. A. STILTNER, 19, single, English.
MALCOLM GARNER, 45, married, eight children, English.
MALCOLM GARNER, JR., 20, single, Bartley.
J. V. MITCHELL, Bartley.
AUTICE LITTLETON, 32, married, two children, English.
P. B. ATWELL, Bartley.
N. J. KEEN, Yukon.
WARREN O'QUINN, Bartley.
E. G. FLETCHER, 25, married, Bartley.
L. R. FLOOD, 37, Negro, married, two children, Bartley.
H. S. UNDERWOOD, married, Bartley.
L. C. LESTER, 26, single, Paynesville.
L. A. WILT, 32, single, Fairmont.
ROBERT SPENCE, English.
Names submitted by James Easterling.
Poem in memory of the miners of Bartley #1
In Memory of... That fateful day, January 10, 1940, when Ninety-one miners died in Mine No. 1 at Bartley, West Virginia. In one of the most disastrous explosions in the annals of coal mining. To their widows To their children To their fellow miners - To all who mourn their loss and cherish their memory, this poem is affectionally dedicated. The day was almost over, The days shift's work almost done, Soon the night shift would take over At Bartley Number One. For the men who "scoop up" their living Or work on the "Donkeys" there A welcome hour was nearing When they'd breath the open air. A welcome hour was dawning When they'd board the old "man-trip" Check another day for Pond Creek Check some more good miners "scrip." Men boasted of the record Of Bartley Number One; The good high coal and solid top Made hard coal-loading fun. The safest shaft on Dry Fork, Where the coal is six feet high, No fatalities for seasons, "Be careful" was their cry. Just before their day was over, Just before their work was done. They felt the quake of explosion Deep in Bartley Number One. They saw the rocks fall before them, They knew of the terrible damps, And they saw death in its fury Through the flicker of their safety lamps. Comrades in danger and trouble, They knew 'twas the hour of gloom It would only be a matter of minutes, Until they should meet their doom. When rescue parties found them They were still and cold and dead, And from their tired bodies The last spark of life had fled. Trapped like rats in a dungeon They died, their stories untold. No words can describe their horror, Down in that cavern of coal. Ninety-one Bartley miners Went west to work that day And not a man of that number Retuned to the light of day. And down through the days of the future, Inscribed on the tables of time, Will be the sad fate of the miners, Who died in the Bartley mine. A word to their widows and children; "It is appointed to man once to die." Be faithful, someday you may meet them In that mansion in the sky. Could we only have heard their stories, Could only a man have been spared, Perhaps our pains would be lessened, But the death scene alone they shared. The questions we'd ask would be many, Did they keep up hopes to the last? And what lucky man was at the bottom Of that terrible Bartley blast? There were many brave men in that number, Oh, that I, in my weakness could cite The deeds of each miner among them, Oh, that I could but picture their plight. If I could but paint on this paper The dying hopes they shared, "Twould emblazon the pages of history," But not a man was spared. The grim reaper walked among them, Where not even the sun could shine, Claimed ninety-one souls as ransom Deep in that Bartley mine. From the woods of the Carolinas To the wide Pacific sea The people were stunned and silenced As Bartley made history. Wherever men go down in the ground, Far from the shining sun, This watchword should go with them: "Remember Bartley Number One!" It's so easy to forget in the coalfields, Let's resolve to keep forever in mind, Those friends who died in the darkness Deep in that Bartley mine. There were fathers and sons in that number, And brothers together met their fate, And though rescue workers labored, They gained that goal too late. by A. Edmund Bales
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